Often regarded as one of the pioneers of surf music, guitarist Merrell Fankhauser (whose band, The Impacts, had a hit with “Wipeout” in 1963) has built up quite a respectable career and fanbase over the last few decades. In 2001, he began hosting a music show called Tiki Lounge, which aired on the East Coast. In it, Fankhauser explored the history of surf music and related genres by interviewing musicians, performing covers, and educating viewers. Recently, a 2 DVD/2 CD compilation entitled The Best of the Tiki Lounge was released, and for fans of the music, locations, personalities, and time period, it’s a fantastic collection.
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