The Chantays (credited as The Chantay's on some early recordings) are a veteran surf rock band with a fiery, propulsive sound that became famous during the early 1960s. They are best known for the intense and haunting "Pipeline" (1963), which made the Top 5 upon its original release and recharted in 1966 as a minor hit. Co-written by band members Brian Carman and Bob Spickard, this era-defining instrumental surf rock classic has been covered by numerous performers over the years and used extensively in various movies, TV shows, and commercials.
Formed in 1961 in Santa Ana, California by five high school friends, the original lineup consisted of Rob Marshall (keyboards), Bob Spickard (lead guitar), Warren Waters (bass), Bob Welch (drums), and guitarist Brian Carman (August 10, 1945 - March 1, 2015). During their peak in commercial fame in the early 1960s, they toured the U.S. and Japan, performed onstage with such then-top acts as Roy Orbison and The Righteous Brothers, and became the only rock & roll band ever to appear on "The Lawrence Welk Show." The Chantays have continued to perform and record to the present day, with a number of personnel changes. The current lineup is a sextet that includes original members Bob Spickard and Bob Welch.
- For more info about The Chantays, both past and present, visit thechantays.com.
- The OC Register remembers original Chantays guitarist Brian Carman.
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- Pipeline 1963
(This instrumental song recharted in 1966 as a minor hit.)
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