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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tor-Chula - The Sentinals (45 single)

The Sentinals left a relatively small footprint in the annals of surf music -- less than a dozen singles for several labels and two albums on Del-Fi, all from 1961-63.

The band was formed in 1961 in San Luis Obispo, on California's central coast. Guitarist Tommy Nunes was the group's primary composer while drummer Johnny Barbata would go on to play with the Turtles and Jefferson Starship.

Nunes was adept at coming up with Latin-flavored tunes like Latin'ia, the Sentinals' best-known tune, and Tor-Chula, which bears a strong resemblance to the Champs' 1958 hit Tequila. Latin'ia and Tor-Chula were paired on a 1962 single for Era Records.


Both sides of the single appeared on the Sentinals' first album for Del-Fi, Big Surf! (1963). The second LP, Surfer Girl, appeared later that year. The two albums have been combined on CD at least twice -- in 1999 by Del-Fi and in 2004 by Collector's Choice. Both are out of print, with only the Del-Fi release, under the title Sunset Beach: The Best of the Sentinals, available at a reasonable price.

However, tracks by the Sentinals have appeared on numerous CD compilations of surf music and almost all of the Sentinals' recordings are available as legal downloads from the major sources.

Here's the "A" side of the Sentinals single pictured above.

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