Thursday, May 19, 2011
Look at him go
Who didn't want to give the skins a kick after hearing Ron Wilson's high-energy solo on "Wipe Out," a rock 'n' roll staple from 1963. We've never been enamored by drum solos, but this is an exception.
Surf music became the rage in the Sixties, thanks in part to the Glendora, California based Surfaris. "Wipe Out" made it to No. 2 on the Billboard chart in '63 even though it was pressed as the flip side to "Surfer Joe." (now look at him go).
Here's a video from a 1987 concert in Vancouver during which Wilson -- the only original member of the Surfaris at this time -- shows his stuff. He would die two years later, on this day (some sources list May 7), of a brain aneurysm.