The Lively Ones

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The Lively Ones
1963 Performance Flyer
Background information
OriginCalifornia, United States
GenresSurf rock
Years active1962-1965
MembersJim Masoner
Ed Chiaverini
Joel Willenbring
Tim Fitzpatrick
John Benton
Tracy Sands
Earthman III
Past membersRon Griffith

The Lively Ones were an instrumental surf rock band from USA, active in Southern California in the 1960s. They played live mostly in California and Arizona. They recorded for Del-Fi records with production from Bob Keane. They recorded mostly cover songs, but there were a few originals.

Their 1963 song "Surf Rider" (written by Nokie Edwards from The Ventures) was featured in the final sequence as well as the end credits of Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction.[1]

They are best known with these members:

Currently, John Benton plays rhythm/alternate lead guitar and Tracy Sands plays bass guitar. Recent live shows have featured Earthman on rhythm/alternate lead guitar.



  • Surf Rider! (Del-Fi DFLP-1226, 4/63)
  • Surf Drums (Del-Fi DFLP-1231, 6/63)
  • Surf City (Del-Fi DFLP-1237, 8/63)
  • The Great Surf Hits! (Del-Fi DFLP-1238, 9/63)
  • Surfin' South of the Border (Del-Fi DFLP-1240, 11/64) shared album with the Surf Mariachis
  • Bugalu Party (MGM SE-4449, 1967)

CD compilations[edit]

  • Hang Five! The Best of the Lively Ones (Del-Fi DFCD-9004, 1995)
  • Heads Up! The Best of the Lively Ones, Vol. 2 (Del-Fi DFCD-9005, 1999)


  • "Crying Guitar" // "Guitarget" (Del-Fi DF-4184, 10/62)
  • "Miserlou" // "Livin'" (Del-Fi DF-4189, 11/62)
  • "Surf Rider" // "Surfer's Lament" (Del-Fi DF-4196, 2/63)
  • "Rik-A-Tic" // "Surfer Boogie" (Del-Fi DF-4205, 4/63)
  • "High Tide" // "Goofy Foot" (Del-Fi DF-4210, 6/63)
  • "Telstar Surf" // "Surf City" (Del-Fi DF-4217, 7/63)
  • "Exodus" // "Surfing Memories" (Del-Fi DF-4224, 10/63)
  • "Night And Day" // "Hey, Scrounge" (Smash S-1880, 2/64)
  • "Bugalu Movement" // "Take It While You Can" (MGM K-13691, 3/67)


  1. ^ "Surf Music and Seventies Soul: The Songs of 'Pulp Fiction'". Rolling Stone magazine. Retrieved 7 July 2014.


External links[edit]

Surf Rider on YouTube