Gary Usher: In Search Of The Endless Summer
Don't miss Gary Usher: In Search Of The Endless Summer - broadcast last night and currently available in the Audio Archives at Radio Rumpus Room. "...we salute the genius of the late Gary Usher, a Sixties songwriter, musician and producer who is viewed as the patron saint of surf and hot rod music. Joined with songwriting talents such as close friend Brian Wilson (they co-wrote 'In My Room' and '409,' among others), Usher became a pivotal figure in the surf'n'drag genre. He was the mastermind behind the Hondells, Dick Dale's hot rod LPs, the Super Stocks and literally dozens of other bands. Later he would go on to produce three Byrds albums ('Younger Than Yesterday,' 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers' and 'Sweetheart Of The Rodeo') and bands like Chad & Jeremy, Sagittarius and the Peanut Butter Conspiracy."