Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson was one of the founding fathers of surf guitar, writing the 1961 classic "Mr. Moto" for his band the Bel Airs. He floated around the genre for years after their breakup, eventually helping…
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Paul Johnson was one of the founding fathers of surf guitar, writing the 1961 classic "Mr. Moto" for his band the Bel Airs. He floated around the genre for years after their breakup, eventually helping the revival of the genre with his work with the Packards in the '80s. The '90s found him joining the Surfaris for touring purposes, as well as helping to form the Duo-Tones with "Pipeline" author Gil Orr. Throughout it all, he also released several solo releases that were a hit in the surf rock underground.