The Trashmen. Surfin' Bird

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This excellent album was released by The Trashmen on Garrett Records in 1963.

The Rivingtons followed up their hit Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow with the similar The Birds the Word in 1963. Keep in mind The Trashmen had not heard that version but saw a band called the Sorensen Brothers playing it. They decided to play the song that song at their own gig. During this first performance, drummer and vocalist Steve Wahrer stoopped plying and ad-libbed the Surfin Bird middle section. 

A local disc jockey, Bill Diehl, was at that performance and immediately convinced the band to record that song. Diehl entered the band in a local battle of the bands in Minneapolis and they won. That win sent them to Chicago to another Battle of the Bands which they also won. That win led them to signing with Garrett Records and their single was quickly released. Reportedly the first weekend it was released the record sold 30,000 copies. From their the band hit the National stage as the song climbed to #4 on Billboard Hot 100.  

On this excellent mono album #LPGA-200 are the following songs: Surfin' Bird; Misirlou; Money; Tube City; Kuk; It's So Easy; King Of The Surf; Henrietta; Malaguena; My Woodie; Bird Bath and The Sleeper. This band was a land locked Surf Band in its day coming from the Twin Cities of Minneapols and St. Paul. They were an exciting band and true crowd pleasers.

This album is in VG+ condition. The cover does show very little wear. Over all very nice for any collection of the best rock and roll from the past.