The Lively Ones

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The Lively Ones were an American instrumental surf rock band active in Southern California in the 1960s. They played live mostly in California and Arizona. They recorded for Del-Fi records with production from Bob Keane. They recorded mostly cover songs, but there were a few originals.

Their 1963 song "Surf Rider" (written by Nokie Edwards from The Ventures) was featured in the final sequence as well as the end credits of Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

They are best known with these members:

  • Lead guitar: Jim Masoner
  • Rhythm guitar: Ed Chiaverini
  • Bass guitar: Ron Griffith
  • Saxophone: Joel Willenbring
  • Drums: Tim Fitzpatrick

Currently, John Benton plays rhythm/alternate lead guitar and Tracy Sands plays bass guitar. Recent live shows have featured Earthman on rhythm/alternate lead guitar.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1963 Surf Rider! 2
1995 Surf City 1
1995 Surf Drums 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Surf Rider!/Surf Drums 1
1999 Heads Up! The Best of the Lively Ones! Vol. 2 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Hang Five!!! The Best of The Lively Ones 1

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