Let There Be Drums

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"Let There Be Drums"
Single by Sandy Nelson
from the album Let There Be Drums
B-side "Quite a Beat"
Released 1961
Genre Surf
Length 2:14
Label Imperial
Writer(s) Sandy Nelson, Richard Podolor

"Let There Be Drums" is a 1961 instrumental composed by American drummer Sandy Nelson and guitarist Richard Podolor, who later became a renowned record producer. The piece is a guitar and drums duet and is an early example of surf music. It was released as a Sandy Nelson single on Imperial Records and was a charted hit, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and #9 on the Cash Box charts.[2]

Cover versions were later recorded by notable surf and rock and roll bands:


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