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The Tikis were a surf/British beat-style quartet from Santa Cruz, California, who released a pair of above average singles for Autumn Records in 1965. And had it not been for a chance decision by the band to change their name on an experimental recording in early 1967, they’d likely be better known today.

Rhythm guitarist Dick Scoppettone had played folk music with his high school friend Dick Yount as members of a group called the Couriers until early 1964, when the British invasion hit America. Finding themselves under the spell of the Beatles et al, they joined up with drummer Ted Templeman and Ed James on lead guitar to form the Tikis in the spring of 1964. The group’s sound was a mix of Merseybeat and more homegrown music, Beatles songs interspersed with surf and car songs by the Beach Boys and others. They became popular in the Santa Cruz area and, seeing the success of their neighbors the Beau Brummels on Autumn Records, began pestering the label with demos. In May of 1965, the company got interested and signed the group. They debuted with a Beatles-like single called “If I’ve Been Dreaming,” and followed it up with “Bye Bye Bye,” neither of which charted. There were four more songs left behind in the Autumn vaults by the group before the label was sold to Warner Bros. Records in early 1966.

The Tikis were never able to get a record on the charts, or played heavily outside of their own city, but they lucked out when Warner Bros.


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