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Just out of high school, Ernie Bringas and Phil Stewart started singing together in 1957. In 1962, they landed a recording contract with Columbia Records and were assigned to a 20 year old, novice record producer named Terry Melcher (Doris Day's son). Calling themselves The Rip Chords, the duo released their first recording, "Here I Stand", in early 1963. The record met with moderate success, peaking nationally at #51 and paved the way for future promise.

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  • check out this free surf-rock compilation, featuring the best Beach Boys sound-alikes in music history: http://obscuresound.com/2011/06/thats-not-me-best-of-the-beach-bastards/
  • They're a whole lotta fun
  • ernie is my teacher!! lol
  • http://www.last.fm/group/Surf+Music a group dedicated to surf music
  • Did you know that the recorded version of Hey Little Cobra was actually performed in the studio by the Rip Chords' producers Bruce Johnston(who would later join the Beach Boys and write music for Barry Manilow) and Terry Melcher(who would go on to produce the Byrds)?

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