Latest Surfin' USA Stories

2008-08-02 15:00:15

By RICK MASSIMO NEWPORT -- Well, I still don't know what to make of that. Brian Wilson, the genius behind The Beach Boys and a recluse nearly as famous for long periods of withdrawal and depression as for hits such as -- where do you begin? I guess "Surfin' USA,""God Only Knows" and "Do It Again," just to pick three eras -- opened the Newport Folk Festival last night with a 10-piece band that faithfully re-created his complex masterpieces to an almost eerie instrumental and vocal...

2006-04-06 18:13:29

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former teen idol Leif Garrett, arrested earlier this year for possession of heroin, has been sent back to jail for 45 days after failing drug tests, prosecutors said on Thursday. Garrett, who had hits with "I Was Made for Dancing" and a remake of "Surfin' USA" in the 1970s, was jailed again last week after a judge was notified of the positive drug tests, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said. Robison said she did not know which...

2006-01-18 12:20:00

LOS ANGELES -- Former teen idol Leif Garrett spent the weekend in a Los Angeles jail after being arrested for failing to pay his subway fare and being under the influence of drugs, police said on Wednesday. Garrett, 44, a child actor who turned to music in the 1970s and had smash hits with "I Was Made for Dancing" and a remake of "Surfin' USA," was arrested on Saturday at a subway station in downtown Los Angeles. Transit police Lt. Mike Herek said Garrett had no train ticket and was under the...

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