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Biography

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    2004 – present (18 years)

The Sandals, also known as the Sandells, were an early, influential surf rock band formed in 1964.

The Sandals formed in San Clemente, California, in the early 1960s, and were the first surf group to score a major surf film. Originally called The Sandells, the band took a demo tape of their practice sessions to World Pacific Records in Los Angeles where they met filmmaker Bruce Brown. For several years, Brown had used light jazz music from the World Pacific catalog in the soundtracks to his surfing films, but when Brown heard the Sandals' demos, he felt their style and sound were perfect to use for his upcoming film, and most expensive one to date, The Endless Summer. The band's "Theme From The Endless Summer" has become one of the few instantly recognizable instrumentals from the surf music era.

The Sandals stayed together until 1968 when the members of the band decided to pursue other interests. In 1971, guitarist John Blakely became a member of the San Francisco band, Stoneground, featuring Sal Valentino, the former frontman for the successful Beau Brummels. Blakely can be seen in the 1976 documentary Medicine Ball Caravan. The Sandals have not performed together on stage, with all original members, since 1968.

NOTE: There is also a Polish street punk band that uses the name.

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