The Rip Chords were an early 1960s hot rod/surf rock quartet from California that began as a duo known as The Opposites. The group's original members consisted of Phil Stewart, Ernie Bringas, and producers Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston, with some personnel changes along the way.
The Rip Chords debuted in 1963 on the Pop/Rock charts with "Here I Stand." Several other hits followed through 1964 that included "Gone" (1963), "Three Window Coupe" (1964), "One Piece Topless Bathing Suit" (1964), and the song for which they are best remembered, "Hey Little Cobra" (1963), which became a Top 5 hit. Produced by Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston, who also provided the lead vocals, "Hey Little Cobra" became one of the best known hot rod songs of all time.
The Rip Chords disbanded in 1965 and reformed a number of times over the years. They performed in the 1965 comedy, "A Swingin' Summer," starring Raquel Welch and also featuring Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Donnie Brooks, and The Righteous Brothers.
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The Rip Chords
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