Jan & Dean released “Sidewalk Surfin'” during the fall of 1964. It became a moderate hit reaching number 25 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
Jan & Dean used The Beach Boys melody of “Catch A Wave” to create lyrics about surfing on land. Thow in some layered harmonies and you have a hit song.
The song would make a brief comback during 1976, when it was reissued as part of The United Artists Silver Spotlight reissue series. It would reach the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Bubbling Under Chart at number 107.
They were just a few decades too early. Skateboarding today is one of the premier X Games sports. Millions of skateboards are sold each year although the sport is no longer called “Sidewalk Surfin'”