Sandals, The

Sandals, The

Also known as Sandals, Sandells, The
Members of Sandals, The: Danny Brawner, Gaston Georis, John Blakeley, John Gibson (4), Walter Georis
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Discography of Sandals, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Last Of The Ski Bums (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 12 Audio 1969 World Pacific
2 The Endless Summer 12 Audio 1966 World Pacific
3 The Endless Summer 12 Audio 1966 World Pacific
4 The Last Of The Ski Bums (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 12 Audio 1969 World Pacific
5 Out Front / Scrambler 2 Audio 1964 World Pacific
6 The Endless Summer 12 Audio 1966 World Pacific
7 The Endless Summer 13 Audio 1992 Tri-Surf Records
8 The Endless Summer 12 Audio Liberty
9 Scrambler! 12 Audio 1964 World Pacific

Early, influential surf rock band formed in 1964, from the USA. They are most famous for scoring the surfing documentary The Endless Summer from 1966.

The Sandals began in 1962, when Danny Brawner, a drummer, joined a high-school group called The Twangs, headed up by the brothers Gaston and Walter Georis. The Twangs were a group heavily influenced by The Ventures. At this point, the core of The Sandals was formed: Brawner on drums, Gaston on keyboards, Walter on rhythm guitar, John Blakeley on lead guitar with his brother, David, on bass. David was replaced by John Gibson early on. The band changed their name to The Shadows, and eventually settled on The Sandells, a portmanteu of "Sand" and "ells", a popular ending for groups at the time. They released their first album, Scrambler!, in early 1964. They partnered with World Pacific Records for the release, which allowed them to come in contact with Bruce Brown, who was then just beginning editing work on his next documentary project, The Endless Summer.

Brawner and the Georis brothers met with Brown, hoping to sell him one of their songs for use on Brown's new film. Brown, however, was so impressed by their music that he agreed to use a number of their songs in the film. It was agreed that all film profit would go to Brown, and all soundtrack profit to go to The Sandells. The group used the studio time that working on the film gave them to release a number of LPs and Singles during this period. Jim King[disambiguation needed] worked with the group at this time, producing a number of songs, including "Always" and "All Over Again", both of which received limited national radio airplay. The group also slightly modified their name during this time, to the surf-inspired "The Sandals". For a time, the group toured with the film, providing live backing for the live narration by Bruce Brown.

After The Endless Summer film reached nationwide distribution, The Sandals recorded the song "Endless Summer", one of their first songs with vocals. The song was a departure in a number of ways, and not just relating to the vocals. They were attempting a Beach Boys-esque sound, with mixed results. The also re-released the Scrambler! LP as The Endless Summer, along with new single records similarly retitled.

In 1967, Dick Barrymore hired The Sandals to score his skiing documentary, The Last of the Ski Bums. As on Scrambler!, Danny Brawner's songwriting skills were at the forefront of the album — 10 of the 12 songs contained at least some of his input. However, this album also marked Danny's departure from the band after he refused to leave San Clemente, California, where the band had been based, for Riverside, California. He was replaced by Steve Ekwall, who played on the album.

Soon after the release of the Last of the Ski Bums album, the group broke up. The Georis brothers went on to start a restaurant in Carmel, California; Danny Brawner worked for Mobile Surfboards. John Blakeley remained involved in music, joining Stoneground in 1971.

There have been two reunions to date: in 1994, the Georis brothers and Blakeley reformed the band, and released a few albums, most notably working on The Endless Summer II. In 2002, the Georis', Blakeley, Gibson, and Brawner played at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, California, to a packed house.

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