Jim Fuller (musician)

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James Evans Fuller (June 27, 1947 – March 3, 2017)[1] was the lead guitarist and co-songwriter of 1960s rock band The Surfaris.[2][3][4]

Fuller was known as the "Godfather" of surf music, a Californian instrumental music.

He was also a studio musician that has performed on many other artists' recordings of rock, folk, and blues songs throughout his career, doing vocals, lead and bass guitar.

Fuller, with his Fender guitar in photographs and its sound on The Surfaris albums, contributed to the popularity of Leo Fender's instruments.

His name is on "Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame".

As of 2004 he continued to perform with The Surfaris and other bands, with a fan base in United States, Europe, and Japan.

He died on March 3, 2017 in Monrovia, California, at the age of 69.[5]

Best known hits[edit]

  • "Wipe Out"
  • "Point Panic"
  • "Surfer Joe"
  • "Waikiki Run...."


  1. ^ In Memory of James Evans Fuller June 27, 1947 - March 3, 2017 accessdate January 19, 2018
  2. ^ The Surfaris.com: The Surfaris website Archived 22 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ The Surfaris.com: History Archived 22 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Feldman, Christopher G. (1 January 2000). The Billboard book of no. 2 singles. Watson-Guptill. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-8230-7695-6. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  5. ^ "Jim Fuller, 'Wipe Out' Guitarist with Surfaris, Dies". Best Classic Bands. Retrieved March 20, 2017.

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