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Died On This Date (May 28, 2008) Jerry Cole / Surf Guitar Great, Played With The Beach Boys

Posted by on May 28, 2010

Jerry Cole
September 23, 1939 – May 28, 2008

Jerry Cole was one of surf music’s original guitar gods.  Besides being a much in demand session player, Cole had his own group, the Spacemen, with whom he released four classic albums of “space age surf music.”  As a sideman, Cole played on the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, and the Byrds‘ “Mr. Tamborine Man.  He was also part of Phil Spector’s “wrecking crew,” affording him the opportunity to play on countless other songs.  Cole could also be heard as part of the house band on TV’s “Shindig” and “Hullabaloo.”  He died of a heart attack on May 28, 2008.

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Died On This Date (February 6, 2010) Richard Delvy / Drummed In Surf Rock Band The Challengers

Posted by on February 6, 2010

Richard Delvy (Born Richard Delvecchio)
April 20, 1942 – February 6, 2010

Richard Delvy is best remembered as the founder and drummer for pioneering surf rock band, the Challengers.  Prior to that band, Delvy played in the Belairs, a popular southern California surf band whose “Mr. Moto” was later covered by Dick Dale and the Ventures.  In early 1963, the Challengers released their debut album, Surfbeat, and almost overnight, the Southern California beach culture became a craze across the U.S.   That release, along with the Beach Boys’ “Surfing Sufari” and the release of Dale’s Surfer’s Choice – all within a few months of each other – are considered the flash point of surf rock.  In later years, Delvy worked as a producer, owned his own publishing company, and worked at such labels as MGM and Bell.  He was 67 when he passed away on February 6, 2010 following a long illness.

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