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This is my arrangement of “Bombora”, which was a major hit for the Australian surf-rock band, The Atlantics. By September 1963, “Bombora” had climbed the Australian charts to reach No 1. It was also released in Japan, Italy, Holland, England and New Zealand and in South America.

It was named after an Aboriginal term for large waves breaking over submerged rock shelves.

My version is not a cover of the original, but I definitely sought to replicate the driving energy of the original.


October 18, 2019 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment


This is my cover of “Wailin” which was originally released in 1960m by the Fabulous Wailers, a group from Tacoma, Washington. Also from Tacoma, in 1961 the Ventures included a version on their 2nd album.

September 24, 2019 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

Hodad Chaser

“Hodad Chaser” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of early 1960s guitar rock similar to the Ventures. However, it features two lead guitar parts instead of just one.

September 11, 2019 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Blue Hawaii

This is my instrumental cover the the song “Blue Hawaii”. It written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger for the 1937 Paramount Pictures film Waikiki Wedding, which starred Bing Crosby and Shirley Ross.

It is probably best known as the title song of the 1961 Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii.

I was surprised to find no contemporary guitar group recordings.


August 30, 2019 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

Hoppin’ Hodad

“Hoppin’ Hodad” is an original instrumental intended to be in a mid-1960s surf-rock, Ventures style.

August 15, 2019 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment


This is my instrumental cover of “Somewhere”, a song from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story that was made into a film in 1961. The music was composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

My arrangement is based on the Shadows 1967 version, which was released as the “B-side” to the single “Tomorrow’s Cancelled”.

August 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment


This is my cover of “Topaz”, an instrumental released in 1961 in the UK by a group called “The Staccatos”. I cannot find any information about whether it charted, and if so, how high it went. If you happen to remember or can find out, let me know!

I think it is a cute number.

July 9, 2019 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

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