Surfin’ the Turf #7: Java

Written by New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint,  another New Orleans legend, trumpeter Al Hirt, took this song to #4 in 1964.

May 2, 2016 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Surfin’ the Turf #6: Percolator

Okay, geezers, do you remember this? In 1962 a Maxwell House Coffee commercial got this started. It was turned into a top-10 hit by Bille Joe and the Checkmates.

May 1, 2016 at 6:15 pm Leave a comment

Surfin’ the Turf #5: Theme from “The Magnificent Seven”

You know this one. From one of the greatest film scores ever, this particular theme was used in commercials for Marlboro cigarettes starting in 1963. In my arrangement I tried to imagine how the Ventures or a surf-rock band might present it.

April 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

Theme from Bonanza

Not much explanation needed here. If you were around, you remember the show and the famous theme.

April 29, 2016 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Because They’re Young

Duane Eddy’s biggest-ever hit was with this tune in 1960. It is the theme from the movie of the same name: a 1960 film from Columbia Pictures, starring Dick Clark as Neil Hendry, an American high school teacher who tries to make a difference in the lives of his students. The film co-starred Tuesday Weld, Michael Callan, Warren Berlinger, Roberta Shore, Doug McClure, and Victoria Shaw. Duane Eddy and James Darren had cameo roles as themselves.

April 27, 2016 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Wham – a Tribute to Lonnie Mack

This tune was Lonnie Mack’s 2nd top-40 hit in 1963, although it did not climb as high as his first, “Memphis”. My arrangement is done in the manner a surf-rock band might have performed it.

April 27, 2016 at 6:11 am Leave a comment

In Memoriam: Lonnie Mack

As a long-time student of guitar who believes in giving full credit to those who shaped our instrument, I had to pay tribute to Lonnie Mack. This version of “Memphis” is based on his hit from 1963, and adds a few twists from my own style and vocabulary.


April 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

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