Hey Beach Girls: Female Surf 'n' Drag

Hey Beach Girls: Female Surf 'n' Drag


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It wasn't just guys singing about surfboards and hot rods during the surf and drag boom in the early '60s; the girls were doing it, too, as this delightful 25-track compilation from Ace Records shows. Although nothing here was really ever more than a regional hit, these female singers and groups add a refreshing spin to a genre that puts a premium on motion and speed and expands love to include the sun, endless waves, and high-performance car engines. It adds up to a wonderful batch of rarities including Brian Wilson's production of "Pray for Surf" by the Honeys (who included Marilyn Rovell, Wilson's soon-to-be wife), "(Dance with The) Surfin' Band" by Hal Blaine & the Young Cougars (drum legend Hal Blaine with the Blossoms on vocals), "Will You Love Me (Like You Did Last Summer)" by the Westwoods (Gracia Nitzsche singing an arrangement composed by her husband, Jack Nitzsche), a stomping "Drag Race Johnny" by Australia's endearing Little Pattie, and the first ever effort by the great songwriting team of Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, "Red Corvette," which was billed to Ellie Gee & the Jets. Each of these sides is at least historically interesting, and if some, like a rare surf song from Motown Records, "Surfer Boy" by the Supremes, are conceptually improbable, each conjures up the sound and feel of an endless summer where it isn't just the guys in motion.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667043021
catalogNumber: 6704302
Rank: 60042

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Wilson   Conductor
Hidle Brown Barnum   Conductor
Leroy Glover   Conductor
Richard Podolor   Conductor
Jacques Denjean   Conductor

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Duane Eddy   Composer
Brian Wilson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bob Keene   Producer
Dave Appell   Composer,Producer
David Axelrod   Producer
David Gates   Arranger
Lee Hazlewood   Composer,Producer
Mike Love   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Producer
Kent Morrill   Composer,Producer
Norman Petty   Producer
Buzz Cason   Composer
Hal Blaine   Composer
Hidle Brown Barnum   Arranger
Jeff Barry   Composer,Producer
Lor Crane   Composer
Richard Delvy   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Bob Feldman   Composer
Leroy Glover   Arranger
Arnold Goland   Arranger
Jack Gold   Producer
Jerry Goldstein   Composer
Gorgoni   Arranger
Richard Gottehrer   Composer
Guy Hemric   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Jack Keller   Composer
Kal Mann   Composer,Producer
Richard Podolor   Arranger
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Bob Reisdorff   Producer
Diane Rovell   Composer
Schmitt   Producer
Jerry Styner   Composer
Skip Taylor   Composer
Don Thomas   Arranger
Gary Usher   Composer
Nick Venet   Producer
Artie Kornfeld   Composer,Producer
Buck Ormsby   Composer,Producer
Malcolm Baumgart   Liner Notes
Gary Pipkin   Composer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Carol Connors   Composer
Steve Venet   Producer
Roger Christian   Composer
Jay Justin   Composer
Robert Jameson   Composer
Rich Dangel   Composer
Saundra Glantz   Composer
Robert Kalina   Composer
Bernice Ross   Composer
Walter Sego   Composer
Marshall Leib   Composer,Producer
Joe Halford   Composer,Producer
Bianca Freundlich   Composer

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