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 song 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)
- 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.