"Wipe Out"

The world's best-known surf song, containing the world's best-known drum solo, was recorded in December 1962 by the Surfaris, a four-month-old band from Glendora, California, made up of three 15-year-old guitarists and a 17-year-old drummer. The maniacal laugh that opens the song was supplied by the band's manager. The drum solo is said to have been copied directly from a roll used by a local high school marching band (a second version of the story is that the entire song was "borrowed" from ...