Atlantics Parkes Wall of Fame Induction, Parkes Elvis Festival, 10th Jan 2024 by Mandy Hall

Seminal Australia surf rock band The Atlantics were inducted as the Parkes Elvis Festival Wall of Fame 2024 recipient. The Atlantics are an Australian surf band founded in 1961.

In 1963, their song Bombora, a surging surf instrumental, was hugely successful and its powerful sound resonates today with new generations of surf-music inspired bands riding the waves of The Atlantics pioneering sounds.

The plaque reads:

The Atlantics classic lineup formed in 1961 with members including Peter Hood (drums), Bosco Bosanac (bass), Theo Penglis (guitar) and Jim Skiathitis (guitar). The band reformed in the late 90s after a lengthy break. That lineup was Peter Hood (drums), Bosco Bosanac (bass), Jim Skiathitis (guitar) and Martin Cilia (guitar).

Their iconic surf instrumental “Bombora” was #1 in Australia in 1963. Their success continued with “The Crusher” and seven more singles, along with four LPs.

In 1999, the reformed Atlantics recorded and released 5 new albums. In 2000 “Bombora” was featured in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games’ closing ceremony.

Their electrifying performances included touring with legends like The Beach Boys and Chris Isaak, The Long Way to the Top Tour and a highly successful European tour in 2013 which solidified their reputation as “Australia’s Greatest Instrumental Band.”

Their latest album in 2023 “Still Making Waves” continues their 60 year legacy, following their retirement from live touring in 2013.

Awarded 2024

Gallery Info
  • Artist: The Atlantics
  • Date: 10th January 2024
  • Venue: Parkes Elvis Festival