Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Record #0001: Surfin’ Bird / King of the Surf – THE TRASHMEN

Garrett 4002 (original), USA, 1963
Words & Music - Side A: Wahrer , Side B: LaPole
Musicians: Steve Wahrer (drums & vocals), Dal Winslow (guitar & vocals), Tony Andreason (lead gtr & vocals) and Bob Reed (bass)
Recording session, place & date unknown
Highest chart positions: US #4, UK #3

While most of the surf bands of the early 60’s came from California, this one came from Minneapolis, MN, where surfin’ wasn’t that big.  The Trashmen was a one-hit-wonder and this was their hit single. Surfin’ Bird has later been covered by quite many bands and it also appears on many movie soundtracks.

List price:  “Very Good+” is $15 and “Near Mint” is $30. (I’ll make a separate post on Goldmine’s grading later)

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