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Marketts, The (The Mar-Kets)

The Marketts’ Surfer’s Stomp (1962) – produced by Joe Saraceno (who would later work with The Ventures) – was one of the first surf music instrumentals featuring a five-man Californian group.

In fact, they were not really a group but a fluid collection of Los Angeles session musicians – including master drummer Hal Blaine –  working under the direction of Saraceno and guitarist Michael Z. Gordon.

Gordon wrote and co-produced Surfer’s Stomp, and later wrote their biggest hit, Out of Limits (1963). The band would enter the Top 20 one more time with the Batman Theme in early 1966.

The spelling of the band’s name was originally The Mar-kets.

Michael Z. Gordon
Guitar
Tommy Tedesco
Guitar
Rene Hall
Guitar
Ray Pohlman
Bass
Jimmy Gordon
Bass
Plas Johnson
Saxophone
Earl Palmer
Drums
Ed Hall
Drums
Gene Pello
Drums
Hal Blaine
Drums