Today is a sad day for music. Surf music legend Eddie Bertrand has passed away. As our thank you to Eddie, November’s Twang of the Month features Urban Surf Kings’ cover of Squad Car. Godspeed Eddie!
Eddie & the Showmen were an American surf rock band of the 1960s. Formed in Southern California by Eddie Bertrand, formerly of The Bel-Airs, they released several singles on Liberty Records. Their highest-charting single in Los Angeles was “Mr. Rebel”, which reached No. 4 on the Wallichs Music City Hit List on February 10, 1964.
The band originally formed because Bertrand wanted to move on from the Bel-Airs. While the Bel-Airs focused more on guitar interplay, and a moderate sound, Eddie & the Showmen played more in the style of Dick Dale with a prominent lead guitar and heavy sound. The band’s original drummer was ex-Mousketeer, Dick Dodd, who later joined The Standells. One of Eddie & the Showmen’s biggest hits, “Squad Car”, was a cover version of the Bel-Airs track.