The Pyramids (band)

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The Pyramids
OriginLong Beach, California, United States
GenresSurf rock
Years active1961–65
Past membersSkip Mercier (lead guitar)
Willie Glover (rhythm guitar)
Steve Leonard (bass guitar)
Tom Pitman (saxophone)
Ron McMullen (drums) Dave Deluca (Drum kit)

The Pyramids were a surf group from Long Beach, California, USA, who formed in 1961.[1] In early 1964, they made the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 with their instrumental "Penetration". It proved to be the final major instrumental surf hit.[2]

In July 1964, the group appeared in the American International Pictures' film Bikini Beach, coming onstage wearing Beatle wigs, which were lifted to reveal their shaved heads.[1]

For the film they performed two songs - “Record Run” and the instrumental "Bikini Drag", both written by Gary Usher and Roger Christian. They are also shown performing back-up on two other songs (both written by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner): "How About That?" by Frankie Avalon and "Happy Feelin’ (Dance and Shout)" by Little Stevie Wonder.

Drummer Ron McMullen died on January 7, 2015, in Long Beach, California.[3]



  • (US) 1962 – "Pyramid's Stomp" / "Paul"
  • (US/UK) 1963 – "Penetration" / "Here Comes Marsha" (#18 March 14, 1964)
  • (US) 1964 – "Midnight Run" / "Custom Caravan"
  • (US) 1964 – "Contact" / "Pressure"
  • (US) 1965 – "I Don't Wanna Cry"


  • (France) 1964 – "Penetration" / "Everybody" / "Road Runnah" / "Sticks and Skins"


  • (US) 1964 – The Original Penetration


  1. ^ a b "Biography by Richie Unterberger". Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 1-904041-96-5.
  3. ^ "Ron McMullen, Drummer for Long Beach 60's Surf Group "The Pyramids," Passes; Group Had Nat'l Hit With Instrumental "Penetration"". January 8, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2018.

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