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Chantays, The


Instrumental surf band from Santa Ana, California, whose guitar-driven "Pipeline" single went to #4 on the national charts in 1963. The five members of the Chantays were between 13 and 17 years old when the band formed in 1961. In July of the following year they recorded "Pipeline" (co-written by band members Bob Spikard and Brian Carman) for Downey Records, a tiny Los Angeles label; the song was originally titled "Liberty's Whip"—inspired by the John Wayne western, The Man Who Shot Liberty V...