Surf's up!

On this episode, we’ll dive into the history surf music.

It made its biggest splash on the rock music scene in the early 1960s, and there’s a strong undercurrent of it still around in the ocean of rock music we enjoy today.

Thousands of surf music releases rode the waves, but surprisingly, most wiped out in terms of sales. According to the Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll Research Department, only 48 ever floated on the Billboard rock and pop singles charts.

We’ll sample all of them all for you, including a disco surfing hit from the 1970s and a rap surfing hit from the 1980s. Then there’s the first surfing single ever. No, it wasn’t by Jan & Dean or the Beach Boys, but it might have been by a future member of the Beach Boys or maybe a group inspired by the ghost of Buddy Holly.

In addition to the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean, other featured artists include Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, the Ventures, the Marketts, the Chantays, the Surfaris, the Pyramids, the TradewindsDuane Eddy, and even Chubby Checker, among many others.

So grab your board, hold on to your honey, and catch a wave with Radio Dave.

See a listing of every surfing hit single ever on the "Musicology" page.

Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll