Join the HBHS and our September speaker Domenic Priore to explore the history of surf music in the South Bay from 1960-1965.
In the wake of surfboards becoming lighter... from wood planks to polyurethane... Teenagers during the early 1960s had a great, big, beautiful tomorrow to look forward to in the South Bay of Los Angeles. The new popularity of surfing during the late '50 lead immediately into kids, just getting their chops together on guitars, saxophones and drums, to form bands to play at the dances where High School-aged surfers met. In 1961 just such a combo called The Belairs broke from Redondo Beach, first cramming the dance floors of beach town sock hops, and then on local radio in L.A. with their stock surf hit "Mr. Moto." Around only for three 45 r.p.m. records, the group splintered in 1962 with both guitarists and the drummer forming great, new bands (Eddie & the Showmen, The Challengers, P.J. & the Galaxies) and the rest continuing with a revamped version of the original format. As all this became more popular, other local kids like The Beach Boys, The Turtles (in those days called The Crossfires) and Surfer magazine comic artist Rick Griffin came to define something distinctly Californian, something that could only be referred to as legend. The interaction between these artists and the kids loyal to their in-town shows never really recognized that, because things were already so swingin' in their own back yard.