Saturday, August 14, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Gamblers
Album:The Birth Of Surf
Most fans are probably familiar with Surf Music and you may even be familiar with Moon Dawg as it has been covered by many bands. But supposedly The Gamblers started Surf Rock. The song was never a hit and there was another group in England called The Gamblers. So Moon Dawg has historical significance and this CD The Birth Of Surf from the British label Ace Records has some of the hits from the era and some rarities. It appears that The Gamblers were a group of studio musicians. Most of them went on to other things. Derry Weaver was lead guitarist and he wrote Moon Dawg and it was released on World Pacific Records in 1960. Others on the record include famed drummer Sandy Nelson who had a long solo career. Bassist Larry Taylor went on to be a mamber of Canned Heat. Guitarist Elliot Ingber would join The Mothers Of Invention and later Captain Beefheart. Apparently Leon Russell played piano and future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston claims he was on the record. They all went back to being studio musicians after the record was released but today it is considered the very first Surf Rock song. And Moon Dawg was covered by The Beach Boys, The Ventures and Paul Revere & The Raiders. So here's a little history with a video of Moon Dawg by The Gamblers.