Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing with The Challengers

Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing with The Challengers
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Studio album by
Released1963 (1963)
ProducerRichard Delvy
The Challengers chronology
Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing with The Challengers
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Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing with The Challengers is the second album by the surf rock band The Challengers. This album was issued in 1963, at the peak of the "surf wave", in South California. This record was a "hard to find" LP, until the Sundazed Records cie (on the Yesterdazed Series) released it back, in 1994, with 2 previously unissued bonus tracks.

Lloyd Thaxton was host-producer of The Lloyd Thaxton Show, one of the highest rated musical shows in Hollywood.[1][2] Born in Memphis, Tennessee, and brought up in Toledo, Ohio, Lloyd moved his family to Hollywood in 1957. The Lloyd Thaxton Show is a favorite not only for teenagers, but with their parents as well, because the show is more than a dance-party; it is filled with a variety of crazy and entertaining gimmicks.[3]

By the time Surfing With The Challengers was issued in the spring of 1963, the band become one of the most visible and influential musical groups in Southern California.[4] Their debut album, Surfbeat was selling well[5] and Wallichs Music City had an entire window display devoted to the band. They were a permanent fixture on local TV dance shows and appeared at the Y-Day Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.[6]

The choice of the tracks used for Surfing With The Challengers repeated the approach followed on their first album: unique surf instrumental versions of late 1950s rock instrumental (songs by Duane Eddy, The Fireballs and The Ventures) coupled with The Challengers' originals. This served to emphasize how much the new genre of surf music had been inspired by the rich heritage of rock instrumentals from the "golden age" just three or four years before.

The choice of material, and the wonderful crisp and restrained production of both this album and the earlier Surfbeat, were inspirational to most teen bands at the time.[citation needed]

Track listing[]

2."(Dance with The) Guitar Man"Eddy-Hazelwood2:14
3."Comin' Home Baby"B.Tucker-B.Dorough2:14
4."You Can't Sit Down"Clark-Upchurch-Muldrow2:53
5."Foot Patter"G.Tomsco2:23
7."Ventures' Medley"Smith-Dominguez-Leeds2:59
8."Surfer's Pony"R.Delvy2:12
9."The Twomp"D.Wilson1:59
10."Tidal Wave"Bertrand2:13
11."Satan's Theme"B.Meyer-D.Ganc2:23
12."So What"R.Delvy2:09
Previously unissued bonus tracks
13."Out of Limits"M.Z.Gordon2:14
14."Moondawg (alt. Version)"D.Weaver2:18



  1. ^ Producer, host Lloyd Thaxton dies Jon Burlingame, 8 October 2008, Variety
  2. ^ Lloyd Thaxton Ken Levine, 7 October 2008, Hollywood and Levine
  3. ^ From the original notes in the LP (1963), Discogs
  4. ^ From the original notes in the CD (1994) by John Blair (author of The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music, 1961-1965)
  5. ^ Album Reviews 2 February 1963, Billboard
  6. ^ Y-Day At The Bowl – 1963. The Beach Boys, Surfaris, The Routers, The Challengers – Past Daily Pop Chronicles Past Daily, 7 July 2012

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