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1966 was a seminal year for rock and pop music. Simon and Garfunkel were bitching about all sorts of stuff. The Association scored with "Cherish". Pet Sounds (arguably the most influential album in history) was released in early May to absolute silence. Chicago teens listened to WCFL and WLS, both AM bastions of Top-40 hits in frequent rotation. The Cryan' Shames and Styx were getting their start.

And then along came the Surfbards, Chicago's proto-surfing vocal group. Founded by Paul Wilson (nee Wilczynski), a confirmed Beach Boys/Jan and Dean archivist and mimic, the five high school lads played hops and parties around the Near Northwest side for about 18 months. Wilson drilled the boys until they were ready to drop. They actually sang five-part harmony live at the same time they played their instruments. This was a feat that the Beach Boys never did get the proper hang of.

The Surfbards performed a mix of Beach Boys covers, party songs like "Louie, Louie", and originals penned by Wilson with the occasional collaboration of the four other members.

Members (shown on this totally bogus album cover shot) are:

(Standing at rear) Lawrence LaPalio, (drums, vocals);(guitar row)Rich Miller (rhythm guitar, vocals), Bill Wright (lead guitar, vocals), Glenn Raye (bass guitar, vocals); (sitting at front, face hidden) Paul Wilson (lead vocals, vocal arrangements, and Brian Wilson complex)

This Yahoo! group was formed to celebrate the innocence and brief flash of brilliance of the Surfbards, Chicago's first time-out-of-mind surf vocal band!

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  • 24
  • 1960s
  • Dec 13, 2003
  • English

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