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Surf Music Legend Merrell Fankhauser Releases Definitive Collection 'The Best Of' Two-CD Set

Surf Music Legend Merrell Fankhauser Releases Definitive Collection 'The Best Of' Two-CD Set

Featuring 32 tracks – over 90 minutes of music!

4/28/2012 - London, UK – Music collectors worldwide rejoice! Legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Merrell Fankhauser, who has led one of the most diverse careers in music, has released for the first time a new compilation 'The Best Of' two-CD set on UK's Gonzo MultiMedia. Featuring vintage tracks, hard to find gems and unreleased material, Merrell Fankhauser's 'The Best Of' is sure to please the most avid fan. Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. His travels from Hollywood to his 15 year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the US and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 300 songs published and released.

“Merrell Fankhuaser 'The Best Of' is my first retrospective, a 2-CD set with songs from 1963 to now. It was a difficult task to pick a group of songs from nearly forty albums – I found a few unreleased gems along the way.” - Merrell Fankhuaser

Merrell Fankhauser 'The Best Of' features tracks spanning the majority of the music legend's extraordinary career; featuring Merrell And The Exiles (1963-64), Fapardokly (1966), Merrell And HMS Bounty (1968), MU (1971-74), and solo (1976-2011) including several unreleased recordings. Many tracks included on this compilation are hard to find, highly sought after, collector's items that have been out of print for many years, making Merrell Fankhauser 'The Best Of' the definitive collection.

Merrell Fankhauser has presented a number of television programs over the years including 'California Music', 'Route 66 TV Live', and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called 'Tiki Lounge' that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast. 'The Best Of The Tiki Lounge' volumes 1&2 DVDs feature highlights from Merrell's cable TV show and is also available now on Gonzo MultiMedia UK. 

To purchase Merrell Fankhauser 'Best Of Tiki Lounge'

Visit the official Merrell Fankhauser website at

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,

This story has 8 comments.


But has he sold more records than Elvis & the Beatles?

WhorehayRFB | 03-May-2012 18:28:27 | Flag

whorehay, didn't you mean to post this one?

bigtikidude | 09-May-2012 15:32:33 | Flag

This man is a crime against humanity. Talks more bullshit than a used car salesman and doesn't have an ounce of talent or originality to back it up. I play his music as a joke for friends and they laugh their asses off.

JakeDobner | 10-May-2012 09:03:12 | Flag

Don't hold back, Jake. How do you really feel? Wink

JONPAUL | 11-May-2012 15:33:12 | Flag

Wow, BTD. That was... Puke

WhorehayRFB | 11-May-2012 15:51:51 | Flag

Wow Jake. I thought I was the only one....

squirt50 | 14-May-2012 16:33:23 | Flag

Well, Merrell has done a lot more than surf and I do like a lot of his songs. The reformed Impacts, with Merrell's son, did an album called "Sex Wax & Surf" that I think is good. There's also a song called "Surfin' Pismo" that he did with a group called The Mystic Surfers that I like. Non-surf, there's an excellent live version of "That's Alright" on his "Live On Maui and California" album that was put out by OmOm. Also, it was very cool that he did the "Rockin' and Surfin'" CDs in honor of Rockin' Robert and his "Rockin' and Surfin'" show on WAIF in Cincinnati, and that Midwest Surf Guy is continuing. Those are just a few comments. I don't know how much of the above is on this best of compilation, but there are other songs of his that I like.

TomH | 15-May-2012 14:43:18 | Flag

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