Do you remember the surfing songs from the 60s? They became big hits and classics for iconic groups such as The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, and of course, instrumental groups such as The Chantays whose song “Pipeline,” turned into a mega-hit in 1965. It went on to be widely performed by others, including the legendary Ventures, one of my favorite groups.
This was all part of the innocent early to mid -60s music which I couldn’t get enough of when I was in junior high and high school.
The Chantays got national recognition when they appeared as guests performing “Pipeline” on “The Lawrence Welk Show.” Widely considered by younger folks then as pretty square, Welk nevertheless had a keen appreciation for all genres of music, as I came to appreciate years later, much like Ed Sullivan, whose variety show on Sunday nights was wildly popular in the 60s.
I never was a surfer, but the beach I went to during summer vacations was very popular with them. Still is.
There is something about this song that always hugely lifts my spirits.
“Pipeline” by The Chantays
Pipeline by The Ventures with guest Peter Frampton