August 15

The Songs of Summer #78: ‘K-39’ by The Challengers

challengers-k39Cowabunga, baby!! More classic surf sounds for a hot and humid Saturday. Today would be an absolutely perfect day to hit the beach, even if our beautiful Lake Michigan water temperatures are in the 40’s and 50’s today…If you’re grabbing your board for a Great Lakes shore, better wear your wetsuit. I’ve got personal obligations today so I won’t be anywhere near any beach, but with jammin’ surf tunes like ‘K-39‘ by The Challengers, I’m there in my mind.

K-39‘ was the title track from The Challengers’ 1964 album, and it’s their biggest hit. I’d also consider it one of the surf standards of the classic surf song era of the early to mid 1960’s. After 1964, after The Beatles hit America, instrumental surf songs pretty much disappeared from the charts for good. But the surf sound still abounds today, with lots of bands keeping the instro surf rock alive, even if it is a little bit more underground than it was in the early 60’s.

But I digress…’K-39‘ is a great tune made for hot sunny Saturdays, wherever you are. Hopefully you’re somewhere out there enjoying the August weather. If you’re somewhere where the weather’s not summer perfect, or stuck indoors, let The Challengers take you on a surf excursion….of the mind….

p.s. In case anybody was wondering, K-39 is a reef located in the northern Baja peninsula just south of Tijuana, Mexico popular with surfers. Now you know!

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Posted August 15, 2015 by in category "Music", "Pop Culture", "Songs of Summer", "Spotify Playlist", "Surf Music

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