Eddie & The Showmen

Eddie & The Showmen

Eddie & the Showmen were an American surf rock band of the 1960s. Formed in Southern California by Eddie Bertrand, formerly of The Bel-Airs, they released several singles on Liberty Records. Their highest-charting single in Los Angeles was "Mr. Rebel", which reached number four on the Wallichs Music City Hit List on February 10, 1964. Another big hit, "Squad Car", was a cover version of a Bel-Airs track. The band originally formed because Bertrand wanted to move on from the Bel-Airs. While the Bel-Airs had focused more on guitar interplay, and a moderate sound, Eddie & the Showmen played more in the style of Dick Dale with a prominent lead guitar and heavy sound. The band's original drummer was former Mousketeer Dick Dodd, who later joined The Standells. One of the guitar players, Larry Carlton, later became a famous jazz guitarist; another was Rob Edwards of Colours; he would later contribute the title track for the surf movie, 'Pacific Vibrations'. Eddie Bertrand died of cancer in November 2012.


Eddie & The Showmen Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

Eddie And The Showmen* Scratch / Squad Car (Single) Liberty US 1963 Sell This Version
Eddie & The Showmen Mr. Rebel / Movin' Liberty US 1963 Sell This Version
55566 Eddie & The Showmen Toes On The Nose / Border Town(7", Single) Liberty 55566 US 1963 Sell This Version
Eddie & The Showmen Lanky Bones / Far Away Places (Single) Liberty US 1964 Sell This Version
55720 Eddie & The Showmen We Are The Young / Young And Lonely(7", Single) Liberty 55720 US 1964 Sell This Version


AVI CD 5021, 72438-18886-2-9 Eddie And The Showmen* Squad Car(CD, Comp, RM) AVI (3), EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets AVI CD 5021, 72438-18886-2-9 US 1996 Sell This Version

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