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Brian Carman dies at 69; guitarist co-wrote surf classic 'Pipeline'

Brian Carman dies at 69; guitarist co-wrote surf classic 'Pipeline'

Maybe he should have been studying — or even surfing. But Brian Carman had a guitar — a $40 Montgomery Ward's Airline that he bought with his mom's credit card. And he had a little group called the Chantays — five guys from Santa Ana High School who thought they could maybe play for dances at the community center. One afternoon in 1961, he and his pal Bob Spickard got together and traded licks after school. By the end of the day, they had composed what would become one of Southern California's most recognizable musical exports — an instrumental anthem to riding the waves and living the life, a hard-driving song that begins with a dive-bombing set of...

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