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Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing With The Challengers
Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing with The Challengers is the second album by the surf rock band The Challengers. This album was issued in 1963, at the peak of the "surf wave", in South California. This record was a "hard to find" LP, until the Sundazed Records cie released it back, in 1994, with 2 previously unissued bonus tracks.
Lloyd Thaxton was host-producer of The Lloyd Thaxton Show, one of the highest rated musical shows in Hollywood. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, and brought up in Toledo, Ohio, Lloyd moved his family to Hollywood in 1957.
The Lloyd Thaxton Show is a favorite not only for teenagers, but with their parents as well, because the show is more than a dance-party; it is filled with a variety of crazy and entertaining gimmicks.
By the time Surfing With The Challengers was issued in the spring of 1963, the band become one of the most visible and influential musical groups in Southern California. Their debut album, Surfbeat was selling well and Wallichs Music City had an entire window display devoted to the band. They were a permanent fixture on local TV dance shows and appeared at the Y-Day Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Surfbeat was the first album recorded by the Los Angeles-based surf rock group The Challengers. They recorded the album in a 3½ hour session at the end of 1962. The album was released in early 1963 and became a huge hit, helping to propel the surf genre. It was sought by collectors for many years and gained great notoriety in the obscure surf market. In 1994, Sundazed records, a company with a lot of vintage surf at its disposal, released the album on CD with two bonus tracks.
The tracks are all old numbers that serve as the foundation for surf rock. Songs by The Fireballs and Duane Eddy are on the album. The Beach Boys' debut Surfin' Safari and Surfer's Choice, the debut from Dick Dale & His Del-Tones had been released just a few months before Surfbeat was recorded. Tracks from both are on this album.
Two tracks on the album, "Vampire" and "Kami-Kaze" are actually recordings by The Bel-Airs, the band that the Challengers formed out of. The guitarists and saxophonist are the only differences in line-up. The two songs were written cowritten by Bel-Airs guitarist Paul Johnson, who remained close to the band, later playing with them on other projects.
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