Is this the original "Surf Tune"

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  1. panhead6zero

    panhead6zero Synchromatic

    Jan 17, 2015
    The Motor City

    I listened to this on a Chess Records compilation. Lots of Surfy elements!
  2. DannyB

    DannyB Gretschie

    Apr 26, 2019
    Thanks for the post? What year was this record made? It does sound very surfy! Also has some "Secret Agent Man"type feel to it, could see this being part of the soundtrack to a James Bond filmm
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  3. panhead6zero

    panhead6zero Synchromatic

    Jan 17, 2015
    The Motor City
    I think it was 1957.
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    The original surf tunes would be 1930s Hawaiian steel guitar music.
  5. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Very cool. I always think of this one from '58 as the first Electric surf.
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  6. Did somebuddy mention Johnny Rivers . . .
    quick tempo guitar jammin´

    Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers (1966)

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  7. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    Feb 25, 2019
    This is the original Murphtone.


    Ohhhhhhhhhhh SURFtone. Never mind.
  8. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    Feb 25, 2019
    On a serious note, that song was recorded in 57 and Dick Dale didn't get credited with the surf music phenomenon until 61. I can't find any surf music that predates 57.

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  9. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Gretschie

    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    I liked it! Thanks for sharing.
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  10. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Murph and the Magictones!

    Love that early surf and big Johnny Rivers fan!
  11. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    ah ... leave it up to you Jena .... great old songs ..thanks
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  12. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    I like this time though...great playing and the vocalized guitar melody is awesome.
  13. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Spudnik/Surf Rider by The Ventures and later cover by The Lively Ones works for me:
  14. MotorCentaur

    MotorCentaur Gretschie

    May 11, 2016
    It also sounds a bit like the Fabulous Wailers version of "I idolize you"...
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  15. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    This has pre Fender reverb in it, Leonard Chess studio created verb!! :) Lake Michigan Surfs! :)
  16. also early . . . I like it as a"beach tune" pre-Beach Boys . . .
    Herman's Hermits

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  17. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Very cool, panhead6zero. Thanks for sharing it!
  18. “Dick Dale is the uncontested king of surf guitar . . .”
    “the man that came closest to recreating the sound of the waves
    through the heavy use of reverb and repeated assaults on his stratocaster.”

    He fitted the lefty champagne gold strat with the biggest strings possible -
    016 - 060 !

    ‘Guitars and Heroes’ , pg. 86, book by Julien Bitoun (originally published in French)
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  19. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    Definitely very Surf-ish. There’s definitely a lot of Blues to it as well, but it sounds quite prescient of First Wave Surf. Thanks for posting this.
  20. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Hey guys as a keen surfer all my life I'm bemused by the name this music genre has given itself.
    Can anyone explain how it got the name "surf".

    Is it cos the Ventures wrote an instrumental piece 60 yrs years ago, struggled to find a name for it and finally came up with "surfing" - or is there something more to it :)

    I never met Jody Williams myself but he don't look like a surfer to me :)
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