Coffee Break: Surf rock

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A surfer catches a wave at Waimea Bay. (Marco Garcia/AP | NPR)

Today in 1963, The Beach Boys "Surfer Girl" entered the Billboard chart. The song was Brian Wilson's first ever composition, and according to the book "Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963" by James B. Murphy, he explained the genesis of the song:

"Back in 1961, I'd never written a song in my life. I was nineteen years old. And I put myself to the test in my car one day. I was actually driving to a hot dog stand, and I actually created a melody in my head without being able to hear it on a piano. I sang it to myself; I didn't even sing it out loud in the car. When I got home that day, I finished the song, wrote the bridge, put the harmonies together and called it 'Surfer Girl'."

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what surf rock songs do you want to hear?

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Songs played

Best Coast - California Nights
The Ventures - Walk, Don't Run
The Surfaris - Wipe Out
The Clash - Charlie Don't Surf
The 5.6.7.8's - I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield
Dick Dale and His Del-Tones - Misirlou
Radio Birdman - Aloha Steve and Danno
The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
The Chantays - Pipeline
Little Barrie - Surf Hell


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