There’s only one more month till I’ll be able to bring the surf board out of my house and go to the beach. To get in the mood for the season, I listened to the Rip Chords song, “Hot Rod U.S.A.”
In the 1960s, Phil Stewart and Ernie Bringas formed the group, the Opposites, in California. They eventually added Columbia Producer, Terry Melcher, and co-producer, Bruce Johnston (former member of the Beach Boys) to become the Rip Chords. During the 1960s, the Rip Chords music fell into the “hot-rod” and surf genre. I found it interesting that there was even a genre called “surf genre.” Their first single that the Chords released was, “Here I Stand,” in 1963. The group wanted to add a California touch to their music to make it more personal.
I enjoy listening to old music with this type of beat and lyrics in the car when I drive to the beach to go surfing. You can tell that 100% there is a California touch to the music.