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The Staccatos - Second Sin (1966)

The Staccatos - Second Sin (1966)

The Staccatos from South Africa (not to be confused with the Canadian Staccatos who morphed into Five Man Electrical Band), are an outfit I'd actually like to know more about. I know the original line-up featured singer/rhythm guitarist Brian Le Gassick, lead guitarist John Leach, drummer Ian Miller, and bassist Willie van der Walt.

Inspired by British rockers, the band was formed in Johannesburg, South Africa 1961 and in 1964 scored a contract with the Parlophone label, where they released a series of three singles





The Staccatos - Second Sin (1966)


Ronny & The Daytonas - The Complete Singles

Ronny & The Daytonas - The Complete Singles

Nashville's greatest contribution to the hot rod and surfing craze of the early '60s came in the form of Ronny & the Daytonas. Centered around singer-guitarist-songwriter John "Bucky" Wilkin (son of country tunesmith Marijohn Wilkin, best known for composing "Long Black Veil" and "One Day at a Time"), their big moment in the sun came with their debut disc, the Wilkin-penned "G.T.O." After writing the song in physics class as a senior in high school, Wilkin's mom pulled a few strings, landed him a publishing deal, and had a session set up with Nashville producer (and former Sun session man) Bill Justis. Justis cut the tune with various Nashville session players who had a feel for rock & roll and instructed Bucky to come up with a group name to put on the record. Wilkin became Ronny Dayton with the anonymous backing group becoming the Daytonas. The record sprang to number four on the national charts, and an album was cut in two weeks using more or less the same personnel. Wilkin seems to have cared little about playing live and, after a short time fronting a thrown-together combo for selected dates (including a USO tour), simply put together a phantom group to go out and honor tour commitments. After the USO tour, Buzz Cason joined the group, becoming Wilkin's main writing partner. A shift away from the Beach Boys-styled hot rod and surf tunes came with the group's second hit, the ballad "Sandy." Another album, exploring the ballad side of the band, was recorded in Germany with Cason and various session players, including a full string section, then an innovative idea for a rock & roll record. The hits soon dried up, however, and the band moved on to RCA Victor with some success before Wilkin left to pursue a solo career with albums on United Artists and Liberty. He remains active today on the oldies circuit.

Ronny & The Daytonas - The Complete Singles

Al Casey - Surfin' Hootenanny (1963)

Al Casey - Surfin' Hootenanny (1963)

Al Casey - Surfin' Hootenanny (1963)

Al Casey has had a long and productive career as a multi instumentalist, contributing much spark and fire to notable Duane Eddy sessions in particular. His one lone moment in the national chart spotlight came when Duane's producer Lee Hazlewood had a falling out and Casey inherited "Surfin' Hootenanny," what would have been the Twang Man's next single. With Darlene Love and the Blossoms doing honors as the 'K.C.-ettes' and Al turning spot on the money sound bite impressions of Dick Dale, the Ventures, and old Duane himself, the combination was cool enough to get the 45 up to mid chart status in 1963. Certainly enough red vinyl biscuits went out the door for an album to be forthcoming, loaded with surf music classics. Hard to believe then that one of the world's greatest surf albums was only cut in just under six hours, but when Al Casey and producer Lee Hazlewood got together to assemble tracks for this, that's exactly how the scenario worked out. With Leon Russell on organ and Hal Blaine on drums, they blasted out a take of each tune , then pressed on. As a matter of fact, Casey had a gig booked that day as a member of the folk group the Raintree County Singers. Told by Hazlewood that they still needed a couple of tracks to fill the album. Casey kept the taxi meter running, came back inside the studio and blasted out a couple of takes of "Surfin' Blues," presented here as a 'two parter.' One of the great early surf albums, this is one of those collectors' items that truly deserves it rep.

Al Casey - Surfin' Hootenanny (1963)

VA - Great Guitars From The 60's (1990)

 VA - Great Guitars From The 60's (1990)

VA - Great Guitars From The 60's (1990)

From Beatman:
VA - Great Guitars From The 60's (1990)
This collection presents such groups and artists of the sixties as:
Rene & His Aligators, The Jumping Jewels, Johnny & His Cellar Rockers, The Explosions, 
Riem 'Guitar' Diamond, Boy & His Rollin Kids, The Jets, The Ceder Stars, The Fire-Devils, 
The Hurricane Rollers, The Lords, The Sharks...
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The Sandals - The Endless Summer (1964)

The Sandals - The Endless Summer (1964)

The Sandals were the first true surf-rock group to score a major surf film, virtually defining the sound of the genre with their soundtrack to director Bruce Brown's landmark The Endless Summer. Originally dubbed the Twangs, the group was formed in San Clemente, CA, in 1962 by guitarist Walter Georis and his keyboardist brother Gaston -- recent transplants from Belgium, the siblings brought with them the profound influence of Europe's most popular instrumental band, the Shadows, while lead guitarist John Blakeley, bassist John Gibson, and drummer Danny Brawner were shaped in large part by the Ventures. Rechristened the Sandells, they signed to the World Pacific label in 1964, soon issuing their debut single, "Out Front." Filmmaker Brown was already licensing World Pacific material for his projects, but had previously employed West Coast jazz recordings -- he felt the Sandells perfectly complemented his latest picture, the surfing documentary The Endless Summer, and the group quickly wrote a new instrumental title theme, changing their name to the Sandals to better suit the project. (Their previous World Pacific recordings were also repackaged as the film's official soundtrack.) Although the Sandals dissolved in 1968, their second and final LP, the soundtrack to Dick Barrymore's The Last of the Ski Bums, did not appear until the following year; Blakeley soon resurfaced in Stoneground, while the Georis brothers later operated the Tri-Surf label.

The Sandals - The Endless Summer (1964)


The Crickets - Still In StyleThe Crickets - The Liberty Years, EMI Legends Of Rock N' Roll Series The Crickets ‎– Please Don't Ever Change 1961-1962The Staccatos - Second Sin (1966)Ronny & The Daytonas - The Complete SinglesVA - Swedish GraffitiAl Casey - Surfin' Hootenanny (1963)VA - Great Guitars From The 60's (1990)The Sandals - The Endless Summer (1964)Takeshi Terauchi- Summer Pops At Waikiki (1975)

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