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The Pyramids

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There are multiple artists named The Pyramids: 1) American surf rock band. 2) Reggae group from UK. 3) American free jazz orchestra. 4) Doo-wop group. 5) Side project of S. Windett and Arp from Archie Bronson Outfit. 6) Finnish independent artist.

1) The Pyramids were a surf rock band from Long Beach, California, United States. One of the last surf bands to emerge, The Pyramids were one of the best marketed. Formed circa 1961, the Pyramids formed in California and was comprised of Skip Mercier (Lead Guitar), Willy Glover (Rhythm Guitar), Steve Leonard (Bass Guitar), Tom Pitman (Saxophone), and Ron McMullen (drums). When their initial single “The Pyramid Stomp” fizzled nationally, the group’s bassist Steve Leonard decided to analyzed the Chantays’ “Pipeline” and came up with a clever variation of that opening reverb riff. In early 1964, The Pyramids made the Top 20 with “Penetration, helped by the promotion of John Hodge, the group’s manager. The Long Beach, California group achieved some notoriety after Hodge convinced them to shave their heads just as the British Invasion and became “America’s answer to the Beatles.” During their concerts they’d wear Beatles wigs which they would throw to the audience halfway through the show revealing their bald heads. Hired girls would then storm the stage. Other gimmicks were arriving at a job on elephants or in a helicopter. The gimmicks worked and they were soon appearing on Bandstand and Hullabaloo and in the beach movie Bikini Beach. Hodge wasn’t as good at investing the money as he was at helping them earn it. After several bad investments they disbanded after recording one album and a few non - hit singles.

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