The Surfaris were a teen rock and roll/surf band from Glendora, California. Members included, Ron Wilson, Jim Fuller, Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly and Jim Pash. In 1963 they recorded a song that became a rock and roll legend, the instrumental classic…WIPE OUT on Dot Records (16479).
The single made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 22, 1963 and became one of the biggest hits of the year…charting at #2 on the Hot 100 and staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The flip-side of the single…SURFER JOE was a combination vocal and instrumental, it did not chart.
In August of 1963, DJ’s began playing the flip-side and on August 22, 1963…SURFER JOE charted. The single became a #62 hit and charted for 6 weeks.
WIPE OUT would chart again in 1966 when Dot/Paramount (144) reissued the original single and flip-side. WIPE OUT charted at #16 and was on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks. SURFER JOE did not chart. In 1970 the same Dot/Paramount single was reissued…this time it charted at #110 on the Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart.
WIPE OUT is a radio classic and continues to be a summer favorite. It is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This million-seller from 1963 is one of the most famous surf and instrumental classics of the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.
CLICK THE TITLE BELOW…THE SURFARIS ARE WAITING TO PERFORM THEIR HIT RECORDINGS OF…”WIPE OUT” AND “SURFER JOE”.
Till the next time—Joe