Like several bands we have featured in the past, The Super Stocks were a “band” assembled by a record company to crank out surf and car tunes in the 1960s because that’s what the market was demanding. There are a couple things about The Super Stocks that stand out, though.
The first is that the band was assembled by Gary Usher who was one of the biggest producers of the famed “California sound” during his era and a guy who had a very successful career in the business as a performer, producer, and record executive. The second thing that’s neat is the fact that one of the members of The Super Stocks was Glen Campbell. Campbell as many people know was one of the great studio musicians of the early 1960s, was a member of the Beach Boys for a period, and then became a super star in the 1970s. Campbell was still performing up until a short time ago. Unfortunately alzheimer’s disease is taking its toll on him. The Super Stocks were one of Gary Usher’s best creations as the group put out three complete albums and two compilation albums as best we can tell through research. That’s pretty neat considering that they existed in the studio only and never play live or toured anywhere that we can find.
This tune is extolling the virtues of the singer’s 426 Super Stock drag car. Due to the song being released in ’63 he’s obviously singing about a Max Wedge Chrysler product and with good reason as those things were terrors on the strips across America. The 421 Pontiacs could give them a good run, but they ate the Fords and the majority of the Chevrolets alive in head to head matches. This is good stuff from a band that many of you may have never known!
PRESS PLAY BELOW TO HEAR THE IMMORTAL SUPER STOCKS SING THEIR DRAG RACIN’ ODE – 426 SUPER STOCK