Here’s that Surfaris’ memorable hit...
According to Wikipedia, a “Wipe Out” was defined as “a fall from a surfboard, especially one that looks painful.”
“Wipe Out” was originally the B side of this 1963 #62 hit for the Surfaris, “Surfer Joe”…
“Wipe Out” was a Top 40 hit twice for Surfaris and would chart three times. In August, 1963, it peaked at #2 and was kept out of #1 by “Fingertips – Pt. 2” by the superstar first known as Little Stevie Wonder.
The same “Wipe Out” record reached #16 in 1966 and would “bubble under” the pop chart with a #110 peak in 1970. “Wipe Out” would became a #12 remake hit in 1987 for the Fat Boys and the Beach Boys.
Fuller’s passing leaves guitarist Bob Berryhill and bassist Pat Connolly as the only surviving members of the original Surfari lineup.
Drummer Ron Wilson died of a brain aneurysm in 1989 while and sax/Clarinet player Jim Pash passed away from heart failure in 2005 while waiting for a liver transplant.
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