Sunday, May 15, 2011

"26 Miles (Santa Catalina)" by The Four Preps.

OK, more 50's: While recovering from a bike accident, 15 year-old Bruce Bellard was given an ukulele as a present. The first 4 chords he learned are the opening for this sunny '57/'58 Southern California classic. Band mate Glen Larson came up with the chorus while body-surfing with Bellard inspired by an island in the distance. Peaked at #2 Pop and at #6 R&B, sold over 1 million copies and his group performed it on The Ed Sullivan Show. The song influenced Brian Wilson and Jimmy Buffett. Song? Group?

Yesterday's answer: "I Put A Spell On You". I am partial to the CCR version.

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