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The Rip Chords

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The Rip Chords are a 60's surf/hot rod rock group from California. The original band members were Ernie Bringas, Phil Stewart, Rich Rotkin, Arnie Marcus, Terry Melcher, and Bruce Johnston. Founding members Bringas and Stewart first met each other in 1957 and started out as a vocal duo called the Opposites. They eventually landed a contract with Columbia Records in 1962, added additional members to the line-up, and subsequently changed their name to the Rip Chords. The band's debut single "Here I Stand Alone" only went to #51 on the Billboard pop charts in 1963. Read more...

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