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- Years (together)
- Song Highlights
- Also Member of
In the fall of 1962, Southern California high school students Jim Fuller and Pat Connolly called friend and guitarist Berryhill for a practice session at Berryhill’s house.
The trio practiced for about 4 hours and met drummer Wilson at a high school dance later that evening, whereupon the band was born. “Wipe Out” was written and recorded by the quartet later that winter, with the song reaching #2 nationally in 1963 before becoming an international hit.
The band released a series of records, with two other singles, “Surfer Joe” (written and sung by Wilson) and “Point Panic” (another group-composed instrumental), having an impact on the charts. Point Panic is a renowned surfing venue in Hawaii after which the song was named.
The original 1963 membership remained intact until August 1965 when Connolly departed before their Japanese tour. Ken Forssi replaced him on bass for the tour. Fuller resigned after the tour and the band folded in early 1966.
The group has periodically reunited and are still active, performing and recording, often re-recording their old and new songs. Drummer Ron Wilson died on 12 May 1989, one month short of his 45th birthday. Wilson had released an album of his songs, entitled Lost It In The Surf, on Bennet House Records of Grass Valley, California, which was recorded in June 1987.
A very small number of cassettes of this album were produced. Lost It in the Surf included a cover of “Louie Louie“, complete with Scottish bagpipes. Forssi died from a brain tumor in 1998, and Pash died from heart failure in 2005.
Bob Berryhill currently performs under the Surfaris banner as “Bob Berryhill’s Surfaris.” Jim Fuller currently plays with his own band, “Jim Fuller and the Beatnik.” Connolly has since left the music business.
- Frat Rock
- Instrumental Rock
- Early Pop/Rock
- Glendora, California
- 1962 – 2010s
- Bob Berryhill *
- Jim Fuller *
- Jim Pash d.2005
- Ken Forssi
- Pat Connolly *
- Ron Wilson * d.1989
- 1963: Wipe Out (Dot 3535)
- 1963: The Surfaris Play (Decca 4470)
- 1964: Hit City ’64 (Decca 4487)
- 1964: Fun City USA (Decca 4560)
- 1965: Hit City ’65 (Decca 4614)
- 1965: It Ain’t Me, Babe (Decca 4683)
- 1994: Surf Party – The Best of The Surfaris Live (GNP Crescendo 2239)
- 2005: Wipe Out
Year /Song Title /Highest US Chart Position
|A Surfer’s Christmas List|
|Batman||1963||The Surfaris Play|
|Jack the Ripper||1963||The Surfaris Play|
|I’m Leaving Town||1964||Fun City, U.S.A.|
|Little Deuce Coupe||2005||Hit City 64 / Fun City, USA|
|Hi-Heel Sneakers||1965||Hit City ’65|
|Louie, Louie||1964||Hit City 64|
|Surfaris Stomp||1963||The Surfaris Play|
|Surfing Drums||1963||The Surfaris Play|
|Hot Dog Graveyard||2008||Fun City, U.S.A. / Wipe Out|
|She’s a Woman||1965||Hit City ’65|
|Murphy the Surfie||1964||Fun City, U.S.A.|
|Gone, Gone, Gone||1965||Hit City ’65|
|My Buddy Seat||1965||Hit City ’65|
|Scratch||1964||Hit City 64|
|Wiggle Wobble||1963||Wipe Out and Surfer Joe and Other Popular Selections by Other Instrumental Groups|
|Similau||1963||The Surfaris Play|
|Wild Weekend||1963||Wipe Out and Surfer Joe and Other Popular Selections by Other Instrumental Groups|
|Catch a Little Ride With Me|
|Wax, Board and Woodie||1964||Hit City 64|
|You Can’t Sit Down||1963||Wipe Out and Surfer Joe and Other Popular Selections by Other Instrumental Groups|
|Torquay||1963||Wipe Out and Surfer Joe and Other Popular Selections by Other Instrumental Groups|
|Don’t Hurt My Little Sister|
|Hot Rod High||1964||Fun City, U.S.A.|
|Surfer Joe||1963||Wipe Out and Surfer Joe and Other Popular Selections by Other Instrumental Groups|
|Mystic Island Drums||1964||Hit City 64|
|Hiawatha||1964||Hit City 64|
|I Wanna Take a Trip to the Islands||1964||Hit City 64|
|Go Go Go for Louie’s Place||1964||Fun City, U.S.A.|
|Hey Joe Where Are You Going|
|Leader of the Laundromat||1965||Hit City ’65|
Wilson’s energetic drum solo made “Wipe Out” one of the best-remembered instrumental songs of the period. “Wipe Out” is also remembered particularly for its introduction. Before the music starts, Berryhill’s dad broke a board (imitating a breaking surf board) near the mic, followed by a maniacal laugh and the words “Wipe Out” spoken by band manager Dale Smallin. “Wipe Out” was written in the studio by the four original members (Berryhill, Connolly, Fuller & Wilson) and was originally going to be titled “Switchblade”. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc
- Decca Records
- Dot Records
- GNP Crescendo Record Co.