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Surf’s Up – 50 years on

This weekend is a big one.

There’s a royal baby on the way, it’s the anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landings, and, for 60s music lovers like myself, tomorrow marks 50 years since the first surfing song hit number one in the US charts.

Surfing song? Must be the Beach Boys, right?

Well, not quite.

Two young college kids from California named Jan and Dean.

Their Surf City stayed at the top spot for two weeks in the summer of 63, inspiring a generation and propelling surf music into the spotlight.

Jan and Dean

Jan and Dean – ready to hit the beach

So, was Surf City the inspiration for the Beach Boys?

Not quite.

The band’s Brian Wilson actually wrote the tune and first line: “Two girls for every boy”, and gave it to the duo, who had been angling to record Wilson’s Surfin’ Safari, which had reached number 14 a year earlier.

Surf City transformed Jan and Dean’s fortunes as they proceeded to record a string of surf-inspired Top 10s. Today their names are synonymous with sand, surf, carefree summers and good times.

Take a look at this Jan and Dean-signed photo we have in stock.

Dan

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