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When you listen to Pet Sounds… use ear phones in the dark!

16 May

Pet Sounds is the eleventh album by the  the Beach Boys It was released May 16, 1966, on Capitol Records. It has since been recognized as one of the most influential records in the history of popular music and one of the best albums of the 1960s.

For more on Pet Sounds go here and here.


“Surfin’ USA” and “Sweet Little Sixteen”

4 Mar

The Beach Boys  “Surfin’ USA.” was a copy of  the melody of Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” but uses new lyrics. After Berry sued, he was granted royalties, and all further issues of the song gave him writing credit.

 According to Wilson,

“I was going with a girl called Judy Bowles, and her brother Jimmy was a surfer. He knew all the surfing spots. I started humming the melody to ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ and I got fascinated with the fact of doing it, and I thought to myself, ‘God! What about trying to put surf lyrics to ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’s melody? The concept was about, ‘They are doing this in this city, and they’re doing that in that city’ So I said to Jimmy, ‘Hey Jimmy, I want to do a song mentioning all the surf spots.’ So he gave me a list.”[1]

“Surfin’ U.S.A.” was released as a single on March 4, 1963. “Sweet Little Sixteen” was released in January 1958.

Good Vibrations

17 Feb

On February,17 1966, Brian Wilson began recording the Beach Boys“Good Vibrations.” He co-wrote this with Mike Love. Brian will six months working on the tracks, recording in seventeen different sessions in four Los Angeles studios, using at least 13 additional musicians, not including the Beachboys.This project cost more than $50,000.

Brian Wilson talks here.

Original version

The Beach Boys

Session musicians

The Pendletones?

15 Sep

In 1961, a group from Hawthorne, California called the Pendletones attend their first real recording session at Hite Morgan’s studio in Los Angeles. The band recorded ‘Surfin’, a song that would help shape their career as the Beach Boys.


“I Get Around”

13 Jul

 In 1964 ,”I Get Around ” by the Beach Boys is holding at #1.

“I Get Around”, backed with “Don’t Worry Baby”, was released as a single in the United States on May 11, 1964. The single entered the Billboard chart on June 6 at #17.The song reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts on July 4, replacing “A World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon and becoming the band’s first #1 hit in the United States. It will remain #1 for two weeks.