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I was just listening to Pintor by the Pharos and was curious about the group. I looked on allmusic.com, and did a Google search but didn't find anything. Anyone know anything about this group? Thanks.

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Last edited: Jun 23, 2010 00:41:14

My gosh, that seems to be obscure trivia, but interesting. Thanks!

yes i was a member of the Pharos in 1964

Cesar Aliviado lead guitar
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Tony Ibarra bass

Thanks for asking

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Wow Tony! What can you tell us about the Pharos and the amazing song Pintor? The Pharos are one of those bands that no one knows anything about!

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I think my old "OK" signified, "Famously, nobody knows anything about the Pharos at all," so let me second Brian's "Wow" and PD's original request. People absolutely love the only bits of the Pharos music they know of and always wish they knew more about the band. Anything about the band. I think this is the first time I've seen much more than the name of the band.

The Pharos was a band from La Puente, Ca. I joined the band in summer of 1964 and for personal reasons left the Pharos to join another band.

As for the song Pintor is an old beautiful mexican song (Angelitos Negros)
that Cesar used to play all the time. He also used to play (Malaguena) and some other instrumentals. I guess his family used to be a lot into mexican music, and I guess that is how he picked that number up, his family was from the philipines.

Tony Ibarra

thanks Tony for that great info another surf tune mystery solved.. Pintor is one of the top ten surf classics that we all learn & play it often I;m sure Tuck will have a few Questions I have one did you guys recorded any other tunes......

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Yeah, thanks for the info! Are there any more recordings of the Pharos in existence?

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Tony, did you participate in the recording session for Pintor?

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This is so great!

Last edited: Jan 26, 2012 17:19:49

Check out the comments on YouTube:

"everyone has been wondering who the members of the pharos were. Well they are Cesar Aliviado, (lead guitar). Emilio Martinez, (rythum guitar). Greg Tangonan, (drums). Bill Bontempo, (piano). Phil Pastrano, (sax). jim irvin, (bass). We lived in La puente, calif, and Hacienda Hts. calif. I have the newspaper photo of when´╗┐ we signed with del-fi recording studios in may of '63. emilio martinez"

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Why is there only one known Pharos song? Does their single not have a B-side?

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According to the bible, it's Pintor / Rhythm Surfer on Del-Fi 4208 (5/63).

I don't think I have heard Rhythm Surfer. I'm not sure if it ever appeared on any re-releases or compilations like Pintor. (I'll have to check my iTunes -- meanwhile, someone please correct me if I'm wrong).

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Last edited: Jan 26, 2012 21:29:43

We discussed it here -

"You can't tell where you're going if you don't know where you've been"

Sonichris wrote:

We discussed it here -

The "B" side link still works - "Rhythm Surfer" is a piano song.

"You can't tell where you're going if you don't know where you've been"

Thanks Chris. I should have searched!

Here is another thread on the Pharos:

http://surfguitar101.com/forums/topic/15363/

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check out this vintage footage of Dora backed with the Pharos Pintor...superb!

That is some great Miki Dora footage. Notice towards the end how he almost chops Johnny Fain's head off twice before being payed back by Fain throwing big stones at him!

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Great stuff! An amazing tune with such a great melancholy melody. Pintor means Painter in Spanish. A very appropriate tune to use with Dora footage.

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