January 17, 2013

The Pyramids - Penetration (1963)

Formed in Long Beach, California in 1961, this surf group had one big hit from their second single, heard below. In July 1964, the group landed a collective role as a band for the teen beach movie, Bikini Beach, starring Frankie Avalon. In the film, the band appeared getting onstage wearing Beatles wigs and then removed them to reveal shaven heads. Although they released five singles and one full-length album, the group never matched the success of their second single. The band was composed of lead guitarist Skip Mercier, rhythm guitarist Willie Glover, bassist Steve Leonard, saxophonist Tom Pitman, and drummer Ron McMullen. The band called it quits in 1965.

Released in the US and the UK in 1963, this song was written by the group’s bassist, Steve Leonard, and was the A-Side to the group’s second single. It reached the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 20 in early 1964 and was backed by the B-Side “Here Comes Marsha.”

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The Pyramids - Penetration (1963)

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