|Origin||San Luis Obispo, California|
|Labels||Del-Fi, ERA, Westco|
|Associated acts||The Sentinel Six|
|Past members||John Barbata|
The Sentinals were a surf rock band from San Luis Obispo, California (1961–1965). The band is notable for a Latino influence in some works, such as "Latin'ia" (1962). Notable band members included Tommy Nuñes, drummer John Barbata (later of The Turtles and Jefferson Starship) and Lee Michaels (then known as Michael Olsen) on keyboards.
Even though a surf group, they added an appealing Latin accent to their music. According to band member John Barbata, as mentioned in Craig Fenton's Take Me to a Circus Tent: The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual, the group was actually rhythm and Blues.
In the summer of 1962, the group toured the country and opened for bands including The Coasters and The Righteous Brothers. Also that year, through Norman Knowles, the group came across Tony Hilder, whose company Anthony Music would later became involved in legal action with Del-Fi records, slapping the label with a $122,000 lawsuit as a result of royalties not being paid. This was relating to an alleged agreement for the masters of albums by The Sentinels, The Centurians, Dave Myers and the Surftones, etc.
In 1963 the band was featured in the March 16 issue of Central Coast Living section of The Tribune. Kenny Hinkle was pictured on the cover. Also that year, their Big Surf album was released on the Del-Fi label.
According to Robert J. Dalley's book Surfin' Guitars: Instrumental Surf Bands of the Sixties, the 1965 line up consisted of John Barbata, Ron Gornell, Kenny Hinkle, Norman Knowles, and Tommy Nuñes.
1970s to 1980s
In August 1984, they got together and played at the San Luis Obispo Officer's Club. This live reunion was for their twenty-year class reunion.
1990s to present
In 1996, Del-Fi released the Big Surf Hits various artists compilation album, featuring their track "Big Surf". Other artists on the album were The Impacts, Dave Myers and The Surftones and The Lively Ones.
- John Barbata: drums, 1961–66
- Ron Gornell: organ, 1965–66
- Peter Graham: guitar, 1961–66
- Kenny Hinkle: bass, 1962–66
- Bobby Holmquist: saxophone, 1961–64
- Norman Knowles: saxophone, 1965–66
- Lee Michaels (Michael Olsen): organ, vocals, 1966
- Tommy Nuñes: guitar 1961-66
- Ronnie Page: vocals, 1966
- John Ryan: bass
- Harry Sackrider: guitar, 1964–65
- Mike Scott: drums
- Gary Winburne: bass, 1961-63
|"Roughshod" / "Copy Cat Walk"||Admiral 900||1961|
|"Torchula" / "Latin'Ia"||ERA 3082||1962|
|"Christmas Eve" / "Latin Soul"||ERA 3097||1962|
|"Torchula" / "Latin'Ia"||WCEB 23||1962|
|"Big Surf" / "Sunset Beach"||Del-Fi 14197||1963|
|"Infinity" / "Encinada"||ERA 3117||1963||(as The Sentinel Six)|
|"The Bee" / "Over You"||Point 5100||1963|
|"Blue Booze" / "Bony Maronie"||Point 5101||1964|
|"I've Been Blue" / "Hit The Road"||Westco WC 12||1964|
|"Tell Me" / "Hit The Road"||Westco WC 14||1964|||
|"Tor-Chula" / " Latin'ia"||Sundazed S 208||2010|||
|Big Surf!||Del-Fi Records DFLP 1232||1963||Stereo version DFST 1232|
|Surfer Girl||Del-Fi Records DFLP 1241||1963||Stereo version DFST 1241|
|Vegas Go Go||Sutton SSU 338||1964|
|Big Surf||Del-Fi Records DFLP 1232||1996||reissue|
|Surfer Girl||Del-Fi Records DFLP 1241||1996|
|Big Surf!||Rumble Records RUM 2011086||2014||reissue|
|Big Surf||Del-Fi Records DFCD 71232-2||1994||reissue|
|Surfer Girl||Del-Fi Records DFCD 71241-2||1996||reissue|
- Pemberton, Patrick S. (1 March 2012). "Surf music:". The Tribune. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
- The Golden Age of Rock Instrumentals, Steven Otfinoski - Page 143
- Take Me to a Circus Tent: The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual, by Craig Fenton - Page 346 John Barbata- Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship
- Surfin' Guitars: Instrumental Surf Bands of the Sixties, Robert J. Dalley - Page 259
- Billboard, 26 Mar 1966 Page 4, Anthony Music Sues Del-Fi
- The Tribune - Photos From The Vault, Surf’s Up, the Sentinals rock the Central Coast by David Middlecamp
- Billboard, June 29, 1963 - Page 30 Surf's Up!!!
- Surfin' Guitars: Instrumental Surf Bands of the Sixties, Robert J. Dalley - Page 262
- Surfin' Guitars: Instrumental Surf Bands of the Sixties, Robert J. Dalley - Page 264
- Discogs - Various – Big Surf Hits
- Surfing, By Gregory Maube, Sylvain Cazenave - Page 35
- California Gold Coast Dreamin' - The Sentinals, San Luis Obispo County
- Goldmine Price Guide to 45 RPM Records, By Tim Neely - Page 607 SENTINALS, THE
- 45Cat -- The Sentinals - Discography
- Discogs - The Sentinals Discography, Albums