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  • "Thunderbird" By The Continentals~1961

    Thanks to Chris ~ bird 60, here is a '60's group called The Continentals, singing "Thunderbird" ~ From Ted Mack Amateur Hour TV Show ~ July 9, 1961.

    https://youtu.be/Ua1f2sxMDZM

    Or...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua1f...ature=youtu.be

    An interesting thing about The Continentals is that there were at least 3 groups by that name in New York alone, one in Brooklyn and two others in New York. Across the country, there were also other groups by the same name, including one here in Texas! It was a popular name. Apparently, the group in this video never made it to the big time, which was often the case. On some websites, there is quite a discussion as to who started the surf music theme and mode of dress that cropped up and was made popular by the Beach Boys. Many cite the Beach Boys but this group was slightly before they formed. That question may never be answered fully.

    I have about 18 Thunderbird songs, and if anyone is interested and would like to have them, email or PM me. I put them on a USB thumb drive, and plug it into a battery powered .mp3 player. I have been known to show up at S&S events, playing my Tbird music, or sitting it on the car to play til the battery runs down...

    Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
    '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
    "It's Hip To Be Square"
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    Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

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  • #2
    I would have thought that Dick Dale was first man with his Surfin' sounding guitar. And I would have thought that the Jan & Dean duo had a hand in it with the vocals. The beach boys covered a few of Jan & Deans songs.

    Chris.....From OZ.

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    • #3
      Chris you are correct that Dick Dale and the Del-Tones with his " Let's go Trippin " song in 1961 was the original using a new reverb sound on his guitar and quick pickin indicating the speed of surfing. Other records were simply instrumentals but no words.
      Others copied such as Dwayne Eddy / Chuck Berry later but was really made famous by as you have already said Jan &Dean and the Beach boys using surfing words.
      Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
      Thunderbird Registry
      58HT #33317
      60 HT (Sold )

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      • #4
        Great stuff Ray, I really enjoyed it!

        And the footwork of the lead singer was pretty flash. (Downunder for great)
        A Thunderbirder from the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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        • #5
          "Thunderbird" By The Continentals~1961

          Chris ~ bird 60 sent me information regarding Dick Dale, and how the Fender guitars, amps, speakers, etc., came about. You music aficionados should find this music history interesting. Thanks, Chris!

          https://youtu.be/HxPzQcQXnOE

          Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
          '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
          "It's Hip To Be Square"
          Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

          Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

          http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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