Let There Be Drums
|"Let There Be Drums"|
|Single by Sandy Nelson|
|from the album Let There Be Drums|
|B-side||"Quite a Beat"|
|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 and #9 on the Cash Box charts.
Cover versions were later recorded by notable surf and rock and roll bands:
- The Ventures on The Ventures Play Telstar and The Lonely Bull (1963)
- Incredible Bongo Band on Bongo Rock (1973) (this version was featured in Ken Burns' Baseball)and on Eastern Canadian television in the 1970's and 1980's as the theme to Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling.
- Bev Bevan of the Electric Light Orchestra. Solo single Let There Be Drums/Heavy Head (1976)
- The Tubes on Wild in London (2005)
- Queen + Paul Rodgers on Return of the Champions (2005)
- The Delltones
- 13th Floor Elevators
- Carl LaFong Trio on Blues Brothers 2000 (soundtrack). In the film Blues Brothers 2000, this piece of music plays when the band is trying to escape from the police, causing a pile-up of 60 police cruisers.
- "Sandy Nelson: Billboard Singles". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles: Week ending DECEMBER 16, 1961". Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2010.