It all started in 1961 when 5 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 they were inspired by a local group called The Rhythm Rockers. Spickard and Carman liked to listen to them practice and decided it was time they should learn to play guitar and get their own band together. Spickard and Carman were joined by Welch on drums, Waters on bass and Marshall on piano forming The Chantays®. Spickard and Carman wrote Pipeline which The Chantays recorded and released in December 1962. Pipeline began to get radio play pushing it up the charts in 1963.
The Chantays recorded their first full album in 1963 entitled “Pipeline” which included Pipeline, Blunderbus and El Conquistador. Their follow up was
“Two Sides of The Chantays”. Their songs have been on music charts all over the world which helped make surf music an international success. The
Chantays toured Japan and the US joining the Righteous Brothers and Roy Orbison on a few occasions, and were the only rock and roll band to perform on the Lawrence Welk Show.
Today Pipeline has become not only an international hit but a rock and roll standard that can be heard on radio, television, movies and internet.
The Chantays have been honored for their contributions to music. Here are some highlights: They were 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 were the first Orange County California Band to join the Rock Walk which also includes artists such as Van Halen, Aerosmith, and Carlos Santana among others. The Chantays handprints and signatures can be found in front of the Guitar Center in Hollywood next to Van Halen and Los Lobos. The Chantays have also been included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Pipeline is listed as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.The Chantays along with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers and Oscar Winner Diane Keaton, were honored by the City of Santa Ana, California and Santa Ana High School when they named a street after them; Chantays Avenue. OC Weekly Magazine also named The Chantays as one of the 129 Best Orange County Bands Ever.
Today The Chantays are still rockin. The bands 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 highlights include new songs Chrystal T and Killer Dana along with remakes of Chantays originals Pipeline, El Conquistador and Blunderbus.
Pipeline has been covered by many bands including The Ventures, Dick Dale and The Del Tones, Anthrax, Agent Orange, and Dick Dale with Stevie Ray Vaughn (Grammy Nominated). Pipeline has also been featured in many films, television shows and commercials. It also appears on numerous compilation CD’s.
The Chantays play large venues, club and corporate dates along with private parties.