Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing with The Challengers

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Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing with The Challengers
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Studio album by The Challengers
Released 1963 (1963)
Genre Pop
Length 33:14
Label Vault
Producer Richard Delvy
The Challengers chronology
Surfbeat
(1963)Surfbeat1963
Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing with The Challengers
(1963)
On the Move
(1963)On the Move1963

Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing with The Challengers is the second album by the surf rock band The Challengers. This album was issued in 1963, at the peak of the "surf wave", in South California. This record was a "hard to find" LP, until the Sundazed Records cie (on the Yesterdazed Series) released it back, in 1994, with 2 previously unissued bonus tracks.

Lloyd Thaxton is host-producer of one of the highest rated musical shows in Hollywood.[1] Born in Memphis, Tennessee, and brought up in Toledo, Ohio, Lloyd moved his family to Hollywood in 1957. The Lloyd Thaxton Show is a favorite not only for teenagers, but with their parents as well, because the show is more than a dance-party; it is filled with a variety of crazy and entertaining gimmicks.

By the time Surfing With The Challengers was issued in the spring of 1963, the band become one of the most visible and influential musical groups in the Southern California.[2] Every records store in the area was selling this, and their first album Surfbeat, like crazy. Wallichs Music City, at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood, even had an entire window display devoted to the band. They were on local TV dance shows every week it seemed, and appeared at the Y-Day Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

The choice of the tracks used for Surfing With The Challengers repeated the approach followed on their first album: unique surf instrumental versions of late 50's rock instrumental (songs by Duane Eddy, The Fireballs and The Ventures) coupled with The Challengers' originals. This served to emphasize how much the new genre of surf music had been inspired by the rich heritage of rock instrumentals from the "golden age" just three or four years before.

The choice of material, and the wonderful crisp and restrained production of both this album and the earlier Surfbeat, were inspirational to most teen bands at the time.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Moondawg" D.Weaver 2:48
2. "(Dance with The) Guitar Man" Eddy-Hazelwood 2:14
3. "Comin' Home Baby" B.Tucker-B.Dorough 2:14
4. "You Can't Sit Down" Clark-Upchurch-Muldrow 2:53
5. "Foot Patter" G.Tomsco 2:23
6. "Rampage" G.Grey 2:15
7. "Ventures' Medley" Smith-Dominguez-Leeds 2:59
8. "Surfer's Pony" R.Delvy 2:12
9. "The Twomp" D.Wilson 1:59
10. "Tidal Wave" Bertrand 2:13
11. "Satan's Theme" B.Meyer-D.Ganc 2:23
12. "So What" R.Delvy 2:09
Previously unissued bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Out of Limits" M.Z.Gordon 2:14
14. "Moondawg (alt. Version)" D.Weaver 2:18

Personnel[edit]

  • Randy Nauert: Bass.
  • Don Landis: Rhythm Guitar.
  • Glenn Grey: Lead Guitar.
  • Richard Delvy: Leader & Drummer.
  • Jim Roberts: Piano & Organ.
  • Nick Hefner: Sax.

References[edit]

  1. ^ From the original notes in the LP (1963)
  2. ^ From the original notes in the CD (1994) by John Blair (author of The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music, 1961-1965)

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