The Tornadoes
1962 in Redlands, CA


The Tornadoes were an American surf band from Redlands, California. They were the second band to receive national airplay with a surf instrumental (after The Marketts), with their song "Bustin' Surfboards", released on Aertaun Records in 1962. "Bustin' Surfboards" has since become a classic and mainstay of the surf genre. One of its distinctions, and appeals, was that the song opened with the sound of an ocean swell (that continued throughout the song), thereby creating a sense of being at a beach. The album with the same name was belatedly released on September 20, 1963. The band, however, did not manage to follow up on their success. Their song "Shootin' Beavers" was banned from airplay because of its suggestive title. The band temporarily changed their name to The Hollywood Tornadoes, because the British band, the Tornado(e)s, were charting with the song "Telstar." ... (see more)