Dirty Water by the Standells is today the theme song for every victory by the Boston Red Sox even though none of the band members including this week’s guest, lead singer Larry Tamblyn were from Massachusetts. Our other guest, David Logeman has been the drummer for Frank Zappa, Jan and Dean, and the Beach Boys, and he now heads up the Surf City Allstars Tour with Dean Torrance and Al Jardine.
When Bob Berryhill and his Surfaris recorded the all-time surf hit “Wipeout”, he was only fifteen years old and they made the record for a hundred and fifty bucks in an old hole-in-the wall studio in Cucamonga, CA. “Wipeout” was originally the B side of that record; the A side was a song called “Surfer Joe”. No matter – both songs became hits in the early Sixties and this week we’re talking with Bob Berryhill, the original guitarist for the Surfaris who are still performing today.
When Burt Ward and I recorded this interview recently, it was the day before Adam West, Batman, passed away. Not only had Burt and Adam worked together on the Batman show, they had done many conventions and book signings together. Obviously, during our interview, we were not aware of what was about to happen. Burt gets into how he won the part of Robin, the Boy Wonder for the Batman TV series on ABC. He describes what it was like filming the show with all of the stunts and explosions. And then we get into what is his real passion today – Gentle Giants Rescue – the world’s largest big dog rescue that Burt and his wife, Tracy started 22 years ago.
In 1970, Motown started an affiliated record label that included certain bands with white members only, and Rare Earth happened to be the first big hit-making act signed for Motown’s new imprint label The record company didn’t actually have a name for the new label yet and one of the band members jokingly suggested that they call the label Rare Earth. To the band’s surprise, Motown decided to do just that and what followed was Rare Earth on Rare Earth. And what followed THAT was “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate”. Peter Rivera, their drummer for those exciting years, is with us on today’s show.
Sandy Deane has been with Jay and the Americans since their inception back in the early Sixties and the hits never stopped coming – Only in America, Come a Little Bit Closer, Cara Mia, and This Magic Moment. Would you believe they were one of the bands that was on the bill when the Beatles played their first concert in the U.S. at the Washington Coliseum in 1964? I’ve got a ton of questions for Sandy and he has a raft load of ‘60s rock stories for us on today’s show.