The Sentinals were formed in 1961 in San Luis Obispo, California. The original lineup consisted of Tommy Nunes on lead guitar, Peter Graham on rhythm guitar, Gary Winburne on bass guitar, Bobby Holmquist on saxophone and Johnny Barbata on drums. By the time the Sentinals recorded their two albums, Harry Sackrider took over on rhythm guitar, Kenny Hinkle took over on bass guitar and vocals, and Mike Olson joined on piano.
This combo who routinely pummeled the local competition in 'Battle of the Surf Bands' and was the Impacts' cross-town rivals before both signed to Del-Fi -- blends Latin melodies with slurpy, splashy reverb-drenched surf sounds. ‘Latin'ia’ & ‘Exotic’solidified their place in surf rock history. Aaaaaaaaa…exoticaaaaaaaaa !
The Sentinals - Exotic
The Sentinals - Latin'ia