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One of the most popular of the early Southern Californian surf bands, the Challengers were formed by drummer Richard Delvy after he left the Bel-Airs, who had recorded one of the very first surf singles, "Mr. Moto." Their debut LP, Surfbeat (early 1963), was one of the very first all-instrumental surf albums and sold 200,000 copies, an astronomical number for a regional act. Recording several albums over the next couple of years, most of their repertoire consisted of covers of popular rock and surf tunes; undeniably exciting at the time, their lack of originality can make their work generic to wade through. The moody "K-39," also available on surf compilations, is their most famous cut.

Biography by Richie Unterberger
The Challengers The Challengers - Surfbeat
Surfbeat
1963
The Challengers The Challengers - Surfing Around The World
Surfing Around The...
1963
The Challengers The Challengers - Surfing With The Challengers
Surfing With The...
1963
The Challengers The Challengers - K39
K39
1964
The Challengers The Challengers - Go Sidewalk Surfing!
Go Sidewalk Surfing!
1965
The Challengers The Challengers - California Kicks
California Kicks
1966
Billy Strange & The ... Billy Strange & The Challengers - Billy Strange & The Challengers
Billy Strange & The ...
1967




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