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The Surfaris - Wipe Out on Wipe Out (1963)

The Surfaris - Wipe Out on Wipe Out (1963)
"Wipe Out" is an instrumental composed by Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller, and Ron Wilson. It is a twelve bar blues first performed and recorded by the Surfaris a surf band from Glendale, California, who were elevated to international status with the release of the "Surfer Joe" and "Wipe Out" single in 1963.

The song starts with a bizarre crackle and then an even-more-bizarre voice chuckling the title - "Wipe I Out!" An instant hit, the song has since become perhaps the single best-known surf music tune.



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The single was first issued on the tiny DFS label (#11/12) in January 1963. It was reissued on the tiny Princess label (#50) in February 1963, and finally picked up for national distribution on Dot 45-16479 in April 1963. Dot reissued the single in April 1965 as 45-144.

The song – both the Surfaris' version as well as cover versions – has been featured in over 20 films and television series since 1964, appearing at least once a decade.
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