The Rip Chords

The Rip Chords

Surf, 60s, classic rock, summer, surf rock

Just out of high school, Ernie Bringas and Phil Stewart started singing together in 1957. In 1962, they landed a recording contract with Columbia Records and were assigned to a 20 year old, novice record producer named Terry Melcher (Doris Day's son). Calling themselves The Rip Chords, the duo released their first recording, "Here I Stand", in early 1963. The record met with moderate success, peaking nationally at #51 and paved the way for future promise.