Jim Fuller

James Evans Fuller (June 27, 1947 – March 3, 2017) was the lead guitarist and main songwriter for the 1960s rock band The Surfaris.

Fuller was known as the "Godfather" of surf music, a Californian instrumental music.

He was also a studio musician, and performed on many other artists' such as “The Seeds”, rock, folk, and blues songs throughout his career, performing vocals, lead and bass guitar.

Fuller, with his Fender Stratocaster guitar in photographs and its sound on The Surfaris albums, contributed to the popularity of Leo Fender's instruments.

He is featured on "Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame".

As of 2004 he continued to perform with The Surfaris and his other band, “Jim Fuller & The Beatnik” with a fan base in United States, Europe, and Japan.

He died on March 3, 2017, in Arcadia, California, at the age of 69.

Along with the rest of the Surfaris, Fuller was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2019.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1947, Died March 3, 2017

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1963 - 1966

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 82 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 13245 8/12/1963 Waikiki run The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13246 8/12/1963 Point panic-1 The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13261 9/4/1963 Jack the ripper The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13262 9/4/1963 Misirlou The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13263 9/4/1963 I'm a hog for you The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13264 9/4/1963 Surfing drums The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13265 9/4/1963 Bat man The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13266 9/4/1963 Baja The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13267 9/4/1963 Similau The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13268 9/4/1963 Wipe out The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13269 9/4/1963 Surfer Joe The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13270 9/4/1963 Blue surf The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13271 9/4/1963 Surfaris stomp The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13272 9/4/1963 Surf scene The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13276 10/2/1963 A surfer's Christmas list The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13277 10/2/1963 Santa's speed hop The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13280 11/6/1963 Comin' home, baby The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13281 11/6/1963 Wax board and Woodie The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13282 11/6/1963 Hiawatha The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13283 11/6/1963 Scratch The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13284 11/6/1963 Earthquake The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13285 11/6/1963 Sugar shack The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13286 11/13/1963 Be true to your school The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13287 11/13/1963 Louie Louie The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 13288 11/14/1963 Little deuce coupe The Surfaris instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 82 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fuller, Jim," accessed May 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/203469.

Fuller, Jim. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/203469.

"Fuller, Jim." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 May 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/203469

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