The Chantays

The Chantays are an American surf rock band from the early 1960s, known for the hit instrumental, "Pipeline" (1963). Their music combined electronic keyboards and surf guitar, creating a unique ghostly sound.



The Chantays were formed in 1961 when five high-school friends decided to start their own band. Bob Spickard, Brian Carman (co-writers of "Pipeline"), Bob Welch, Warren Waters and Rob Marshall were all students at Santa Ana High School in California, when a local group called The Rhythm Rockers inspired the five to form The Chantays. In December 1962, the group recorded and released "Pipeline", which eventually peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1963. The track also peaked in the UK Singles Chart in 1963 at #16.[1] The Chantays recorded their first album in 1963, also entitled Pipeline, which included "Blunderbus" and "El Conquistador". Their follow-up album was Two Sides of The Chantays in 1964.

The Chantays toured Japan and the US joining the Righteous Brothers and Roy Orbison on a few occasions, and they were the only rock and roll band to perform on the Lawrence Welk Show.[2]

"Pipeline" (published as sheet music in 1962 by Downey Music Publishing) has become a standard surf rock hit.[citation needed] The tune has since been covered by Lawrence Welk himself (on the Dot album Scarlet O'Hara), Al Caiola (United Artists - Album "Greasy Kid Stuff"), The Ventures, Agent Orange, Hank Marvin, Lively Ones. Dick Dale with the help of Stevie Ray Vaughan (Grammy Nominated), by thrash metal band Anthrax, Bad Manners, and also by Johnny Thunders. "Pipeline" has also been featured in many films, television programs and commercials. It also appears on numerous compilation albums.

The Chantays have been honored for their contributions to music. Some of the highlights include being honored on April 12, 1996 by Hollywood's Rock Walk, that was founded to honor individuals and bands that have made lasting and important contributions to music. The Chantays have also been included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. "Pipeline" is listed as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Along with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers and Diane Keaton, The Chantays were honored by the City of Santa Ana, California and Santa Ana High School when they named a street after them, Chantays Way. OC Weekly Magazine also named The Chantays as one of the Best Orange County Bands.

Today, the Chantays are still playing. The band's original members Bob Spickard, Brian Carman and Bob Welch are joined by long time members Gil Orr, Ricky Lewis and Brian Nussle. The Chantays have recorded two new albums: The Next Set (live recording) and Waiting for the Tide. Some of the tracks included new songs "Crystal T" and "Killer Dana", along with remakes of "Pipeline", "El Conquistador" and "Blunderbus".


  • Bob Spickard - Guitar: original member
  • Brian Carman - Guitar: original member
  • Bob Welch - Drums: original member
  • Warren Waters - Bass: original member
  • Rob Marshall - Piano: original member
  • Ricky Lewis - Guitar: long time member
  • Gil Orr - Guitar/Bass: long time member
  • Brian Nussle - Bass: long time member



  • Pipeline (1963)
  • Two Sides Of The Chantays (1964)
  • Next Set (1994)
  • Waiting For The Tide (1997)


  • "Pipeline" (1962) LISTEN - 45 single
  • "Monsoon" (1963)
  • "Space Probe" (1963)
  • "Only If You Care" (1964)
  • "Beyond" (1964)
  • "Greenz" (1965)
  • "Fear Of The Rain" (1965) as the 'The Ill Winds'
  • "It Never Works Out For Me" (1965) as the 'Leapin' Ferns'


  • Pipeline (Lawrence Welk Show, May 18, 1963) LISTEN
  • Runaway (Lawrence Welk Show, May 18, 1963) LISTEN


See also


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 100. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Lawrence Welk May 18, 1963
  3. ^ The Chantays, Honors.

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