Sabor Surf Compiled by El Palmas & El Drágon Criollo


Sabor Surf Compiled by El Palmas & El Drágon Criollo


History tells us that dance is the oldest of the arts and that

Terpsicore is the muse of dance. If this is completely true, the

first half of the sixties must have been the happiest for this

sacred presence, because it is during this period that an unusual

amount of dances arises that make the world jump - in a good

way. of the world-from one side to the other.

The thing begins with a nice chubby man who under the Chubby

Checker moniker convinced half humanity that to be happy you

had to dance as if you were drying your back after a shower

while you put out, with your feet, a lit butt. And that simple

recipe was enough to reach number one of the best-selling and

most listened to albums on September 18, 1960.

The twist fever apparently passed, but a late-night radio DJ

rescued him at the end of 1961 to take her back to the post of

honor on January 13, 1962, and this was enough to unleash an

almost infinite succession of rhythms and dances: Hullly Gully,

Locomotion, The Fly, The Jerk, the Pony, The Limbo, the elegant

Madison and so on, until we get to what concerns us: The Surf.

Surf is a rhythm based on the movements of a surfer on a

surfboard, worth the description (but I can´t think of another)

and it was popularized by a timeless group like The Beach Boys.

And Venezuela could not be left out of its influence. The country

had already succumbed to the temptation of the twist but not to

the extent that it would shortly after with this new rhythm: the

few music programs on the radio dedicated to youth gave ample

space and the television Ritmo y Juventud (Kind of Venezuelan

American Bandstand) would soon join El Club del Clan and

especially El Club Musical. This program, originally designed to

showcase Renato Salani's combo, had the idea of ​​inviting the

group Los Supersonicos one day. ! Big mistake! Well, from that

day on the boys kept the space, also occasionally inviting

groups from Caracas and the interior of the country.

And among those groups from the interior, the Impala arrived

from Maracaibo, on their second visit and with a different

formation than that of their first presentation in the capital. And

as if that weren´t enough, at the beginning of 1964 The

Trashmen appeared in person, at the height of El Pájaro Bañista.

The boys - among whom he was counting me at the time - we

could not believe we were witnessing live Steve Wahrer's

strange disjoints on the even weirder subject.

And as a culmination of all those wonders, the most important

show on Venezuelan television (The Renny Ottolina s Show)

gave ample space to youth demonstrations and as if that were

not enough, lots of entertainment venues dedicated to youth

opened their doors every day. How to forget the legendary Mi

Vaca y Yo on the outskirts of Caracas, a place where countless

youth groups performed weekly.

Los Supersónicos and the Impala stood out in terms of

popularity among the large number of existing groups, even

reaching international successes, especially Los Impala, who

would establish themselves as true stars in Spain.

A good number of artists belonging to these groups made

important artistic careers and some of them continue to shine

with their own light.

In short, a beautiful time remembered with nostalgia, where

surfing had a stellar participation. A time faithfully reflected in

this album that is now in your hands.


The album that you now enjoy has been compiled by El  Palmas & El Drágon Criollo an begins with the theme that every

afternoon, starting at 6 O´clock, all the youth of Caracas waited

anxiously: “Introduction Theme” by Los Supersónicos was the

wake-up call to introduce the charge of surfing that that later it

would explode in El Club Musical.

And from the same group, another of their greatest hits is

included, such as “Rosas Rojas para una Dama Triste”.

The Dangers were in charge of entertaining many youth parties

in Venezuelan society. Their great success was Congratulation´S an obscure Ricky Nelson song, of which they made an excellent cover. And to demonstrate the great influence of the British group The Shadows - present in all the youth bands of the time - here they shine with their recreation of the song González.

The Blonders were by far the possessors of the purest and most

crystalline sound among the surf groups in Venezuela. A bold

and highly imaginative arrangement of the classic “Lamento

Borincano” is enough to justify its inclusion in this compilation.

And although The Impala came to have the most aggressive and

rock-and-roll sound, here they show another facet of their music

with the songs Triste and Desafinado.


released November 5, 2021

Compiled by El Palmas & El Dragón Criollo

Mastering by Lad Agabekov @ Caduceus Studios

Cut by The Carvery Studio

Artwork by Daria Meckhart

Insert Pictures by La Fundación Nuevas Bandas

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