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Co-author of surf music's biggest hit passes away

The Chantays 1963, with Brian Carmen 2nd from left



Surf Culture

Brian Carman of the Chantays dies at age 69

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 March, 2015 - Brian Carman bought a $40 guitar with his mom’s credit card at Montgomery Ward in 1961. He and Bob Spickard formed the Chantays soon after with three other friends and wrote the quintessential surf tune “Pipeline.” Carman died this week at his Santa Ana home after a long battle with Chrone’s disease.

One day after school Carman and Spickard wrote the song after an extended jam. The Southern California youths released it as a 45 and went on to some fame, even appearing on the Lawrence Welk show. Pipeline is one of the biggest instrumental surf hits ever recorded and the biggest hit for the Chantays.

The song has appeared in many TV shows and films, from the Sopranos to More American Graffiti and remains a strong thread in the fabric of pop culture.



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