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Archive for November, 2013

Dick Dodd Passes Away at Age 68

Dick Dodd, former Mouseketeer, drummer for the Belairs, Eddie & The Showmen, and later the garage band The Standells ("Dirty Water"), has passed away at age 68. It was only recently announced that Dick had stage four cancer, and a GoFundeMe support page was created.

Today, his attorney, Peggi Collins wrote on the support page:

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that Dickie lost his battle last night. He had contracted pneumonia and just wasn't strong enough to fight it. Please remember him in your prayers and consider adding to this fund which his family desperately needs to offset the great expense of his illness.

If you can afford it, please consider contributing to the fund to help Dick's family with their expenses.

In recent years Dick was active in the surf music scene, appearing and performing at various events, notably a benefit for guitarist Eddie Bertrand. Please join SurfGuitar101 in thanking Dick Dodd for his amazing contributions to surf music.


Midwest Publications Announces New Book On Surf & Beach Music Autographs

Midwest Publications has announced the forthcoming new book by Tom Tourville titled, “Sun, Sand, Surf & Sidewalls- Looking Back At Surf & Summer Music As Seen Through Autographs.”

The book, the first of its type, focuses on classic surf music artists from the early 1960's.

It covers over 190 groups/artists with over 430 autographs noted and displayed, all on 100 pages of surfin’ fun. Included are many rare and never before seen autographs, photos, and surf music memorabilia.

This represents the most complete surf music autograph book ever published. This is Tourville’s twenty third published book. It’s a great guide and collectable for surf music fans and autograph collectors.

The introductions for the book were written by Jerry LeMire of the Hondells “Little Honda” and Kevin Mullay, one of the nations top music autograph authorities/collectors.

Leading music journals and newspapers have had this to say about Tourville, “Tourville is a research wizard.” “He is a premier musicologist”, and “Tourville knows his stuff and has a real passion for music research”. Tom is a well respected music columnist, that has been writing for national and Midwest based publications for over 35 years.

His life long love and interest in the surf and hot rod music scene of the early 60's has driven him to create and publish this new book.

The book is available from Midwest Publications at P.O. Box 404, Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360 for $19.50 post paid in the U.S. It can also be found on Amazon.com.

For inquires, send to author at: tourvillea@aol.com.


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3rd Annual Surfin' Christmas Party with The Surfaris

Join us for this years 3rd Annual "Surfin' Christmas Party" Dec. 21st in San Diego with live surf music from THE SURFARIS of "Wipe Out" with special guests The Bird Rockers (Joe Dameron's new band). Surf videos with local surf footage of yourself and friends filmed by Howard Fincher at local breaks in SD/OC will be shown. Food will be provided by Geno and Lelani's at 5:30pm. Come support the Pacheco Mexico Missions by participating in the raffle and silent auction for new surfboards shaped by Skip Frye and Gordon & Smith Surfboards. This year the event will be held in the Horizon Main campus Gym! 

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INSECT SURFERS * LYVE ! * FREE ! * SAT NOV 16 *

Come aboard the awesome tiki bar THE PURPLE ORCHID (221 Richmond St, El Segundo CA 90245) and rock out with THE INSECT SURFERS, this SAT NOV 16th! Opening will bee our pals 'The Ghosts of Searchlight', a wonderful surf instro/psych trio, who always screen great projections while playing!

BEE THERE ! ! ! !

And did we say it's FREE ??? !!! Hoot!