SURF IN VENEZUELA:
History tells us that dance is the oldest of the arts and that
Terpsicore is the muse of dance. If this is completely true, the
first half of the sixties must have been the happiest for this
sacred presence, because it is during this period that an unusual
amount of dances arises that make the world jump – in a good
way. of the world-from one side to the other.
The thing begins with a nice chubby man who under the Chubby
Checker moniker convinced half humanity that to be happy you
had to dance as if you were drying your back after a shower
while you put out, with your feet, a lit butt. And that simple
recipe was enough to reach number one of the best-selling and
most listened to albums on September 18, 1960.
The twist fever apparently passed, but a late-night radio DJ
rescued him at the end of 1961 to take her back to the post of
honor on January 13, 1962, and this was enough to unleash an
almost infinite succession of rhythms and dances: Hullly Gully,
Locomotion, The Fly, The Jerk, the Pony, The Limbo, the elegant
Madison and so on, until we get to what concerns us: The Surf.
Surf is a rhythm based on the movements of a surfer on a
surfboard, worth the description (but I can´t think of another)
and it was popularized by a timeless group like The Beach Boys.
And Venezuela could not be left out of its influence. The country
had already succumbed to the temptation of the twist but not to
the extent that it would shortly after with this new rhythm: the
few music programs on the radio dedicated to youth gave ample
space and the television Ritmo y Juventud (Kind of Venezuelan
American Bandstand) would soon join El Club del Clan and
especially El Club Musical. This program, originally designed to
showcase Renato Salani's combo, had the idea of inviting the
group Los Supersonicos one day. ! Big mistake! Well, from that
day on the boys kept the space, also occasionally inviting
groups from Caracas and the interior of the country.
And among those groups from the interior, the Impala arrived
from Maracaibo, on their second visit and with a different
formation than that of their first presentation in the capital. And
as if that weren´t enough, at the beginning of 1964 The
Trashmen appeared in person, at the height of El Pájaro Bañista.
The boys – among whom he was counting me at the time – we
could not believe we were witnessing live Steve Wahrer's
strange disjoints on the even weirder subject.
And as a culmination of all those wonders, the most important
show on Venezuelan television (The Renny Ottolina s Show)
gave ample space to youth demonstrations and as if that were
not enough, lots of entertainment venues dedicated to youth
opened their doors every day. How to forget the legendary Mi
Vaca y Yo on the outskirts of Caracas, a place where countless
youth groups performed weekly.
Los Supersónicos and the Impala stood out in terms of
popularity among the large number of existing groups, even
reaching international successes, especially Los Impala, who
would establish themselves as true stars in Spain.
A good number of artists belonging to these groups made
important artistic careers and some of them continue to shine
with their own light.
In short, a beautiful time remembered with nostalgia, where
surfing had a stellar participation. A time faithfully reflected in
this album that is now in your hands.
The album that you now enjoy has been compiled by El Palmas & El Drágon Criollo an begins with the theme that every
afternoon, starting at 6 O´clock, all the youth of Caracas waited
anxiously: “Introduction Theme” by Los Supersónicos was the
wake-up call to introduce the charge of surfing that that later it
would explode in El Club Musical.
And from the same group, another of their greatest hits is
included, such as “Rosas Rojas para una Dama Triste”.
The Dangers were in charge of entertaining many youth parties
in Venezuelan society. Their great success was Congratulation´S an obscure Ricky Nelson song, of which they made an excellent cover. And to demonstrate the great influence of the British group The Shadows – present in all the youth bands of the time – here they shine with their recreation of the song González.
The Blonders were by far the possessors of the purest and most
crystalline sound among the surf groups in Venezuela. A bold
and highly imaginative arrangement of the classic “Lamento
Borincano” is enough to justify its inclusion in this compilation.
And although The Impala came to have the most aggressive and
rock-and-roll sound, here they show another facet of their music
with the songs Triste and Desafinado.
released November 5, 2021
Compiled by El Palmas & El Dragón Criollo
Mastering by Lad Agabekov @ Caduceus Studios
Cut by The Carvery Studio
Artwork by Daria Meckhart
Insert Pictures by La Fundación Nuevas Bandas
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