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I love saxophone in surf! 60's surf bands pretty much all had sax. This thread is a tribute to them!! Let's start with Dick Dale and The Del Tones sax monsters Armon Frank and Barry Rillers!!!...

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that pic is awesome!!

sax in surf is great!!....I love the lively ones, the belairs, surfaris and long etc. of bands with sax

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Indeed! Now let's pay tribute to another sax monster and personal friend of mine, Jim Frias! All hail "Third Star to the Left" and "Journey to the Stars" by The Nocturnes!!!

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I love saxophone in surf! 60's surf bands pretty much all had sax. This thread is a tribute to them!! Let's start with Dick Dale and The Del Tones sax monsters Armon Frank and Barry Rillers!!!...

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Norm, can you name all the guys l-r? I always wonder what happened to all the guys in DD's bands. Some have popped up, others, who knows. I'd love to hear their stories.
What do you think is the insignia on the jacket pocket?

Viva Aldolphe Sax and his brassy invention!

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No! I can't type anything other than "I Love Saxophone"!!! I love the smooth sexy tone... wait what is happening to me? It's a horrible tic... I just love Sax.

I knew this would work, Jake. Take a deep breath, you'll be just fine. Here's another one for ya. Surf Pioneers The Bel-airs Paul Johnsom Eddie Bertrand and their wailin sax man Chaz Stewart. Dig...

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Cool pics! Are these photos from some book or something?

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PolloGuitar

shivers13
I love saxophone in surf! 60's surf bands pretty much all had sax. This thread is a tribute to them!! Let's start with Dick Dale and The Del Tones sax monsters Armon Frank and Barry Rillers!!!...

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Norm, can you name all the guys l-r? I always wonder what happened to all the guys in DD's bands. Some have popped up, others, who knows. I'd love to hear their stories.
What do you think is the insignia on the jacket pocket?

Viva Aldolphe Sax and his brassy invention!

could those be "Better shred than Dead" insignia?
I think I know a couple of those fellas...the bass player is one of the Rillera brothers...don't know his first name...and Art Munson was one of the guitarists...but maybe not in this photo...

FenderShowman63
Cool pics! Are these photos from some book or something?

Yes! Photos courtesy of Robert Dalleys amazing book Surfin' Guitars. A must have for anyone who haunts this site!

Here's another for ya. The Surfaris and teenage sax monster Jim Pash wailin'...

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PolloGuitar
Norm, can you name all the guys l-r? I always wonder what happened to all the guys in DD's bands.

The Deltones lineup in this pic are Rick Rillers bass, Nick O'Malley Rythmn Guitar, Armon Frank, Barry Rillers sax. Info courtesy of Bob Dalley's book.

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good topic baron!!!!! gear question for you---are those tenor saxes? i don't play type of reed instrument, so i was just wondering what type of sax these guys are using. i'm just guessing tenor, hence the question.

Enjoying the surf,sun and sand!!

Had to consult an expert to answer your question, so I just got off the phone with Jim Frias. He tells me that the tenor sax was the preferred instrument for surf if there was just one player. In bands that had two saxes there was typically and tenor and an alto. In the Nocturnes he was the alto but now he plays a tenor.

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don't forget the soprano sax in Dave Meyers and the Surftones, especially in "Moment of Truth". That guy actually made it sound good, like a snake charmers horn.
And then came the man from Jake's hometown to ruin it for us all...

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Yikes! The problem is people with permed hair shouldn't play saxes!!

Let's wash that image from our eyes with a cool pic of Eddie and the Showman with their sax man Bob Knight...

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tenor sax? ok, thanks baron!

Enjoying the surf,sun and sand!!

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It looks a bit like Kenny's playing it with his nose. I have a nephew who can play two recorders simultaneously that way. Band geeks have their own little amusements.

You tell saxes apart fairly easily in pictures (even if you are gear-impaired like me) by looking at the neck and the keys on the bell and the relative size of the body and bell or of the sax to the player. Unfortunately, the bend (bow?) of the neck on tenors is somewhat variable.

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Thanks for this thread, by the way, Norm. Pictures from Dalley, right? That book is priceless. It's full of shockers like people playing non-Fender guitars, too.

It's another thread, but I'd like to see pictures of keyboard(ist)s!

if you saw a pic of all the different saxes next to each other.
in relation to each other, its very easy to tell them apart.
but the pics on that site are sized to be the same.

Jeff(bigtikidude)

bigtikidude
if you saw a pic of all the different saxes next to each other in relation to each other, its very easy to tell them apart.
but the pics on that site are sized to be the same.

Yeah, sorry. I couldn't find anything better quickly. The real problem is telling the sounds apart in recordings.

I assume it's obvious after a little first hand experience or if you can listen to labelled recordings for a while but I lack all that. I think I can tell a baritone, but there aren't many to tell.

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Tuck
Thanks for this thread, by the way, Norm.

You're welcome!

Here's one of top all time favorite bands The Lively Ones and all time favorite drummer Tim Fitzpatrick. Thier sax man was Joe Willenbring. This guys are heavy hitters... .

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