Breakfast at Trestles by the Rhythm Rockers


Trestles is a landmark in Orange County, California, famous as surfing spot near the San Onofre power plant and what used to be the Western White House in San Clemente when Richard Nixon was president. Trestles runs from north to south… Uppers, Lowers and Middle. North of Upper is the surfing spot called the Cottons and south is called the Church. The area is named after Trestles Bridge, a wooden Trestle bridge that surfers must walk under to reach the beach. It was torn down in 2012 and replaced by a concrete viaduct.

The Rhythm Rockers were part of the first wave of California surf bands, and one of the first to release an album. A regular attraction at Dick Dale’s Rendezvous Ballroom in the formative days of the surf scene, the band is loved by vintage surf fanatics around the world for its high-impact, high-energy tunes.

The Rhythm Rockers only album, 1963’s Soul Surfin, boasts such staggering instrumentals as Surfin’ at Mazatlan and Rendezvous Stomp. It also features killer covers of Duane Eddy’s Movin’ ’n’ Groovin’ and Duke Ellington’s big-band standard Caravan.

Out of print on vinyl for more than four decades, this historic LP has long been a sought-after rarity, with original copies changing hands for hefty sums amongst collectors and surf music fanatics.

One of the better songs on this very rare album is Breakfast at Trestles.

I tried to find out as much as I could about the Rhythm Rockers but without much success. There were as many as five groups that took this name for their band. One in the United Kingdom, one in Michigan, one in upstate New York, one was a blues band in Memphis and then there was the California surf band. The only cut I have for them is from a vinyl album collection of surf music by different bands that I found in a used record store when I used to live in LaJolla, California.

I don’t have any of their names or any of their history…. But I do love this song.

Enjoy (or not).


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