Song Lyric Sunday: Lets Go surfing .

Jim Adams

Hi it’s Sunday again and time Jim Adams Song Lyric Sunday. This week our prompt is Surf Rock.

Surf music (or surf rocksurf pop, or surf guitar) is a genre of rock music associated with surf culture, particularly as found in Southern California. It was especially popular from 1958 to 1964 in two major forms. The first is instrumental surf, distinguished by reverb-heavy electric guitars played to evoke the sound of crashing waves, largely pioneered by Dick Dale and the Del-Tones. The second is vocal surf, which took elements of the original surf sound and added vocal harmonies, a movement led by the Beach Boys.

Surf music emerged in the late 1950s as instrumental rock and roll music, almost always in straight 4/4 (common) time, with a medium to fast tempo. The sound was dominated by electric guitars which were particularly characterized by the extensive use of the “wet” spring reverb that was incorporated into Fender amplifiers from 1963, which was meant to emulate the sound of waves. The outboard separate Fender Reverb Unit that was developed by Fender in 1961 (as opposed to reverb that was incorporated as a built-in amp feature) was the actual first “wet” surf reverb tone. This unit is the reverb effect heard on Dick Dale records, and others such as “Pipeline” by the Chantays and “Point Panic” by the Surfaris. It has more of a wet “drippy” tone than the “built in” amp reverb, due to different circuitry.

Guitarists also made use of the vibrato arm on their guitars to bend the pitch of notes downward, electronic tremolo effects and rapid (alternating) tremolo picking.  Guitar models favored included those made by Fender (particularly the JazzmasterJaguar and Stratocaster), MosriteTeisco, or Danelectro, usually with single coil pickups (which had high treble in contrast to double-coil humbucking pickups). Surf music was one of the first genres to universally adopt the electric bass, particularly the Fender Precision Bass. Classic surf drum kits tended to be Rogers, Ludwig, Gretsch or Slingerland. Some popular songs also incorporated a tenor or baritone saxophone, as on the Lively Ones’ “Surf Rider” (1963) and the Revels’ “Comanche” (1961). Often an electric organ or an electric piano featured as backing harmony.

Well I think most of this genre will be picked , Beach Boys , Jan and Dean and the like so I am going for an instrumental by the Ventures …..

The Ventures are an American instrumental rock band formed in Tacoma, Washington, in 1958, by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle. The band, which was a quartet for most of its existence, helped to popularize the electric guitar across the world during the 1960s. While their popularity in the United States waned in the 1970s, the group remains especially revered in Japan, where they toured regularly. The classic lineup of the band consisted of Wilson (rhythm guitar), Bogle (initially lead guitar, later bass), Nokie Edwards (initially bass, later lead guitar), and Mel Taylor (drums). Information Wikipedia

I chose Hawaii 5. 0 which was also the theme for a popular T.V. show and later a film, set in Hawaii

Hawaii Five-O is an instrumental album by the Ventures. It is named for the popular 1968 television series, and featured the theme song from the series composed by Morton Stevens as its title track. It was released in 1969 on Liberty Records LST-8061 and reached #11 on the Billboard Top LP chart, staying for 24 weeks. The album was certified gold by RIAA on July 21, 1971. The popularity of the album was propelled by the hit title track, which reached #4 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. Information Wikipedia.

Below are the Ventures in person.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Mar 12, 2023 @ 14:49:31

    Love it! Great choice, Sis!


  2. Dan Antion
    Mar 12, 2023 @ 15:00:49

    I love that song!


  3. newepicauthor
    Mar 12, 2023 @ 15:07:53

    I watched Hawaii Five-O all the time and thought it was a great show. The Ventures did great surf rock instrumentals. Thanks for sharing your music again, Willow.


  4. Carol anne
    Mar 12, 2023 @ 17:37:37

    Nice instramental Willow! โค โค


  5. ghostmmnc
    Mar 12, 2023 @ 17:45:57

    I always did like this one! Brings back a funny memory. My sister was in the pep squad in her school and they did a routine to this song every football game. So that’s what I think of every time I hear it. ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. JT Twissel
    Mar 12, 2023 @ 18:04:06

    A great song – the show, well … When you go to a surf contest in Hawaii you generally hear Hawaiian music which is much less kinetic!


  7. Clive
    Mar 12, 2023 @ 18:46:12

    So good! Brings back memories of 60s tv, and the rebooted version of the show is good too. I enjoyed seeing the guest drummer in that second video, moonlighting from his day job ๐Ÿ˜Š


  8. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing
    Mar 12, 2023 @ 22:57:41

    Who doesnโ€™t remember the Hawaii 5-0 theme? Love it Willow โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•


  9. noelleg44
    Mar 13, 2023 @ 13:14:47

    I always loved this theme song. From the title, I figured you would choose the Beach Boys, “Let’s go surfing now, everyone’s learning how….”


  10. glyn40wilton
    Mar 13, 2023 @ 15:24:03

    Great choice of this iconic instrumental


  11. lesleyscoble
    Mar 14, 2023 @ 06:29:29

    Enjoyed this post โ€” and listening to the music ๐ŸŽถ
    Thank you, Willowdot


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