The Marketts

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The Marketts were an American instrumental pop group, formed in January 1961 in Hollywood, California by Michael Z. Gordon. They are best known for their 1963 million-seller, "Out of Limits".


The Marketts'[1] line-up featured Michael Z. Gordon[2] and various session musicians from the Los Angeles area, including drummer Hal Blaine. The group name was originally spelled "Mar-Kets". The group's direction was spearheaded by producer Joe Saraceno and Michael Z. Gordon, although Saraceno could not arrange or play on any of the group's material.[3] Gordon's songs which were composed for the Marketts are best remembered for their surf rock sound, though not all of their material has this sound; Gordon took the group's style in whatever direction he thought would catch the record-buying public's ear. In the U.S., the group had three Top 40 hits and had two popular albums, many of the songs composed by Gordon.

The Marketts' surfer sound started with "Surfer's Stomp",[4] which was by written by and produced by Gordon[4] and Saraceno. Gordon also wrote their biggest hit, "Out of Limits",[5] which was originally entitled "Outer Limits", named after the television program of the same name. Rod Serling sued the Marketts for quoting the four-note motif from his television show, The Twilight Zone, without his approval, which resulted in the change of the title to "Out of Limits".[6] It reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[7] The band name was used as late as 1977 for further releases, though their last hit came in 1966.



  • Surfer's Stomp (Liberty Records, 1962)
  • Marketts Take to Wheels (Warner Bros. Records, 1963)
  • The Surfing Scene (Liberty, 1963)
  • Out of Limits! (Warner, 1964) U.S. No. 37[8]
  • The Batman Theme (Warner, 1966) U.S. No. 82[8] (1. "Batman Theme" 2. "Bat Cave" 3. "Robin the Boy Wonder" 4. "Bat Signal" 5. "Batmobile" 6. "The Joker" 7. "The Penguin" 8. "The Bat" 9. "Dr. Death" 10. "The Riddler" 11. "Bat Cape" 12. "The Cat Woman")
  • Sun Power (World Pacific, 1967)
  • AM, FM, Etc. (Mercury Records, 1973) Stereo SRM 1-679 (featured new versions of "Balboa Blue" and "Surfer's Stomp" and a cover of the Mystery Movie theme)
  • Tryin' to Get That Feeling (Arista Records, 1975)



  1. ^ "IMDb Pro : The Marketts Business Details". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  2. ^ "IMDb Pro : Michael Z. Gordon Business Details". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  3. ^ Richie Unterberger, The Marketts at Allmusic
  4. ^ a b c "Surfer S Stomp". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Out of Limits". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  6. ^ "Dick Clark's 25 Years of Rock and Roll"
  7. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 163. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  8. ^ a b Billboard,
  9. ^ Billboard Singles, Passim.
  10. ^ "Vanishing Point". Retrieved 2012-11-10.