Eddie & the Showmen

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Eddie & the Showmen were an American surf rock band of the 1960s. Formed in Southern California by Eddie Bertrand, formerly of The Bel-Airs, they released several singles on Liberty Records.[1] Their highest-charting single in Los Angeles was "Mr. Rebel", which reached No. 4 on the Wallichs Music City Hit List on February 10, 1964.

The band originally formed because Bertrand wanted to move on from the Bel-Airs. While the Bel-Airs focused more on guitar interplay, and a moderate sound, Eddie & the Showmen played more in the style of Dick Dale with a prominent lead guitar and heavy sound.[2] The band's original drummer was former Mousketeer Dick Dodd, who later joined The Standells. One of the guitar players Larry Carlton later became a famous jazz guitarist, and another was Rob Edwards of Colours who was the guitarist on the title track for the surf movie, Pacific Vibrations.[3]

One of Eddie & the Showmen's biggest hits, "Squad Car", was a cover version of the Bel-Airs track. Eddie and the Showmen are included in the Hard Rock Cafe: Surf 1998 compilation of surf bands and surf music on track 11. Mr. Rebel.[4] They are also included in The Birth of Surf compilation track 20 Squad Car [5] and are on 10 tracks of Toes On The Nose: 32 Surf Age Instrumentals compilation.[6]

Eddie Bertrand died of cancer in November 2012.[7]

1963 Performance Flyer

Singles[edit]

  • "Toes on the Nose" b/w "Border Town" (Liberty Records 55566, 1963)
  • "Squad Car" b/w "Scratch" (Liberty Records 55608, 1963)
  • "Mr Rebel" b/w "Movin'" (Liberty Records 55659, 1963)
  • "Lanky Bones" b/w "Far Away Places" (Liberty Records 55695, 1964)
  • "We Are The Young" b/w "Young and Lonely" (Liberty Records 55720, 1964)

Albums[edit]

  • Squad Car (complete singles collection plus seven bonus tracks)

Personnel[edit]

  • Eddie Bertrand - Composer, Executive Producer, Guitar Producer
  • Rob Edwards - Guitar (Rhythm)
  • Larry Carlton - Guitar (Rhythm)
  • John Anderson - Guitar (Rhythm)
  • Freddy Buxton - Bass
  • Doug Henson - Bass
  • Dick Dodd - Drums
  • Michael Mills - Drums
  • Bobby Knight - Saxophone
  • Sterling Storm - Saxophone
  • Phillip Pruden - Saxophone
  • Nokie Edwards - Composer
  • R. Dodd - Composer
  • Lee Hazlewood - Composer
  • Paul Johnson - Composer
  • Andreas Kramer - Composer
  • Joan Whitney - Composer
  • Tom Mouton - Mastering, Mixing
  • Greg Vaughn - Mastering, Mixing
  • Pete Ciccone - Art Direction, Design
  • Patti Drosins - Executive Producer
  • Bones Howe - Producer
  • Drew Jessel - Assistant Producer
  • Lanky Linstrot - Producer
  • Dave Pell - Producer
  • Stephanie Press - Assistant Producer
  • Domenic Priore - Compilation Producer, Liner Notes
  • Rob Santos - Compilation Producer
  • Jim York - Producer[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koda, Cub. "Eddie & the Showmen - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  2. ^ Koda, Cub. "Squad Car - Eddie & the Showmen : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  3. ^ "ricky lancelotti". United-mutations.com. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  4. ^ Hard Rock Cafe: Surf [Limited Edition]. "Hard Rock Cafe: Surf [Limited Edition]: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
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  7. ^ "Influential surf guitarist Eddie Bertrand of the Bel-Airs dies". Los Angeles Times. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Squad Car - Eddie & the Showmen : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-03.