J O H N B U R R O U G H S H I G H S C H O O L, B U R B A N K, C A
"Movin' On" by The Riptides
"Time and Place"
In 1968 Burroughs own "Riptides" recorded the music
and theme song for this Surf History Classic produced by Dale Davis.
Songs recorded by the Riptides: (Click
the link to listen to the song)
"The Riptides" were first formed from a band that was initially called the "Mai Tai Five". It was composed of Bob Bennett, Phil Kasper, Ron Record, Tommy Howell, and Tom Rockriver. The basic musical content was surf music (note that most early surf music used saxophones-hence Tom Rockriver) and local garage band music. We played some junior high dances at Jordan and elsewhere. But when we discovered that we could sing, and the Beach Boys were becoming popular we formed "The Riptides" after Rockriver left the band for a different type of music . Bob Bennett on piano/keyboards, Phil Kasper on Fender Jazzmaster guitar, Ron Record on Gibson ES 335 guitar, and Tommy Howell on a Ludwig kit. When we ran into a kid named Steve Schoen, who played bass, we were introduced to his mother who was a Hollywood type who had just written a song for a Christmas "Supremes" album. She heard us and liked us. She said that she knew a guy who was just beginning to make it in the L.A music scene. He had just written two songs for Honda-"You Meet The Nicest People On A Honda" and "The Worlds Biggest Seller Is A Sporty Little Street Machine". His name was Mike Curb.
Steve's mother set up a meeting at her house and Phil and I played some songs that I had written and recorded on Ron's Sony Reel to Reel. Curb liked what he heard and thus began a new direction for "The Riptides". Curb wanted us to record a Beach Boy song because he had produced the hit song "Little Honda" by the Hondells on Mercury. So he gave us a demo of one of the future "Three Dog Night" singers, Danny Hutton. It was from an album by "The Beach Boys" and the song was "Farmers Daughter", written by Brian Wilson. We had a recording date set up and we practiced the song 897 times. When we went to the studio it was the studio that had recorded all of the "Steppenwolf " and "Three Dog Night" albums and hits. It was recorded in four track. The guitar solo in the middle of the song was performed by Richie Podolor who was also the engineer. He was married to Pricilla Paris at the time and did the solo on a Rickenbacker 12 string. Absolutely fantastic, probably the best recorded song was our first. Perfect, but nothing happened.
Next song was "I Couldn't Love You Again" written by Curb writer and friend Harley Hatcher. Hatcher's name appears on a lot of the songs in street gang movies that were popular at the time. Our next effort was our only single released on Curb's Sidewalk label. "Sally Ann" which was a "Barbara Ann" knock off was written by Curb. The B side was called "April" and was written by Curb writer friend Ron Abeyta. It was also recorded in four track and included a dubbed in horn section. The single bombed but it did make the John Burroughs Cafeteria juke box. We recorded a song for the movie called "Mondo Hollywood" called "The Last Wave Of The Day". It was written by Curb and it was a great song. The album was released on Tower, a Capital subsidiary.
bass player moved on to a low-rider band there was no bass in the song
suffered as a result. We also had some background parts for that movie
which included the sidewalk surfing/skateboarding scenes. The movie was
terrible and very controversial at the time. Curb's reputation suffered
but not enough to stop him from eventually becoming
California Lieutenant Governor. Next we did two songs for the movie
"The Golden Breed". Curb had the backing tracks already done but he
had Phil Kasper record a song called "The Golden Breed" and Bob
Bennett recorded a song called "Hey Girl, What Turns You On".
The album was released in stereo on Capital. That was our last
involvement with Mike Curb. "The Riptides" would eventually
break up, Ron Record got married at age 17, Phil and Bob went on to
college and Tommy Howell went off into the sunset. Great times, fun
stuff. Some of it still available on DVD.
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