Wendy is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American rock band the Beach Boys. It was released on their 1964 album All Summer Long and was featured on their EP. Wendy was originally credited to just Brian Wilson, Mike Loves name was added as a result of a lawsuit filed by him against Wilson in the 1990s. The opening chords are whole notes played on guitar and bass. The song begins with a minor i chord in the key of D minor, moves to a major IV, comes back to the i, and moves to a major VI chord. The song modulates to the key of F major through a substituted plagal cadence, the verse begins with another I-IV-I progression, ending on an IV chord in the first line. The second line begins the same as the first, but moves to a major ♭VII, and modulates to the relative minor through use of a iii chord, the A minor moving to a D minor via an authentic cadence. The chorus/bridge uses the chord progression found in the introduction (D, i-iv-i-VI. This repeats for the verse, before going into the organ solo.
After the second chorus, the song modulates again from F to D minor, this time through the usage of the ♭VII, the solo follows the same general progression of the introduction and chorus. Another run of the verse/chorus follows, and the song fades out with repeated I-IV cadences. It was a staple of the bands 50th Anniversary Tour setlist, bruce Johnston sang the lead vocal during these performances, rather than Love. 1970 – Tatsuro Yamashita, Add Some Music to Your Day 1986 – The Descendents, Enjoy
I Get Around
I Get Around is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for American rock band the Beach Boys. It was released as a single in May 1964 with Don’t Worry Baby as its B-side, in the United Kingdom, it charted at number seven and was the bands first top ten single there. It was included as the track on their studio album All Summer Long in July 1964. During its recording session, Wilsons father Murry was relieved of his duties as the groups manager, in 2016, I Get Around was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The song was credited to Brian Wilson alone until Love v. Wilson. In an interview with Goldmine, published September 18,1992, Love insisted that he, the instrumental track for I Get Around was recorded on April 2,1964 at United Western Recorders in Hollywood, along with Little Honda. According to biographer Steven Gaines, manager Murry Wilson was in the control room criticizing the song, rambl on about what a loser Brian was, how poor the music was, and how only Murry had the real talent in the family.
At one point he insisted that Brian end the session because something was wrong with the bass line, the confrontation ended with a physical altercation, and Brian dismissed him as manager. Brian would say, We love the family thing – yknow, three brothers, a cousin and a friend is a beautiful way to have a group –. The vocals were recorded during an eight days on April 10. Track details courtesy of session archivist Craig Slowinski, the single entered the Billboard chart on May 23 at #76. The song reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts on July 4, replacing A World Without Love by Peter and Gordon, the song remained at #1 for two weeks before being replaced by Rag Doll by The Four Seasons. Billboard ranked the record as the No.5 song of 1964, the single reached #1 on the United States Variety charts on July 1. Released in June 1964 in the United Kingdom the single peaked at #7 on the Record Retailer chart, according to some sources, Mick Jagger, when appearing on the UK television show Ready Steady Go.
Stated that he thought the song was a great record and this most likely played a part in boosting the singles success, while helping the band become more popular in the United Kingdom. In Germany the single peaked at #38 on the Hit Bilanz chart, the single was the bands first charting single in the Netherlands, charting at #38 on the Netherlands singles charts. The single reached the top 10 in both the Canadian and Swedish singles charts, peaking at #10 in both countries, weekly charts The song was first released on an album in 1964 on the bands All Summer Long album. In the following year, the band re-recorded the song as a medley along with Little Deuce Coupe for their 1965 Beach Boys Party, the medley was a send-up of the original recording
Surfin U. S. A. is the second studio album by American rock band The Beach Boys. It reached number two in the US, lasting 78 weeks on the chart, eventually being certified gold by the RIAA. It was led by one single, its track with the B-side Shut Down. In the United Kingdom, the album was released in late 1965. The majority of the recording commenced in the first week of 1963. The album marks the beginning of his practice to doubletrack vocals, resulting in a fuller sound. In 1990, Brian Wilson reflected on Surfin U. S. A. in liner notes which accompanied its first CD issue, By the time I got to the album, SURFIN’ USA, the album SURFIN’ SAFARI was practice for me. We were just kids, but we were serious about our craft, the point being that when you are given the chance, you do your best. I think that I was a coach for the boys. It was either the best or nothin’, in my opinion and we had a good understanding between us and I was their leader. We got it done relatively fast in the studio, on this album, we had gotten into a fast pace, almost athletic in nature.
It was because Surfin’ USA was such a hit on the radio. It was the big time for us, production-wise, this album was an early Brian Wilson production. Intended for the front cover of Seversons Surfer magazine, the negative was damaged during the color separation process. When Capitol Records requested a photograph for the new Beach Boys album Severson fixed the damaged image. The LP was a hit, vital to launching surf music as a national craze. And it was this quality came to define Brian’s oeuvre as he moved beyond
409 is a song written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Gary Usher for the American rock and roll band the Beach Boys. The song features Love singing lead vocals and it was originally released as the B-side of the single Surfin Safari. It was released on their 1962 album, Surfin Safari and appeared again on their 1963 album, the song is credited for initiating the hot rod music craze of the 1960s. 409 was inspired by Gary Ushers obsession with hot rods and its title refers to an automobile fitted with Chevrolets 409-cubic-inch-displacement big block V8 engine. The songs narrator concludes with the description My four speed, dual-quad and this version of the engine - at 409hp, achieving 1hp per cubic inch - featured twin D series Carter AFB carburetors. It was offered in new vehicles and as replacement units in the 1962 model year and it stayed one week on the Billboard Hot Hundred at number 76 in October 1962
Dennis Carl Wilson was an American musician and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys. He is best remembered as their drummer and as the brother of bandmates Brian. Dennis was the only true surfer in the Beach Boys, and he was known for his brief association with then-aspiring songwriter Charles Manson, who was convicted of murder conspiracy. Dennis served mainly on drums and backing vocals for the Beach Boys from its formation until his death in 1983 and it is often erroneously stated that Dennis drumming in the bands recordings was filled in exclusively by studio musicians. His drumming is documented on a number of the singles, including I Get Around, Fun, Fun. While he was allowed few lead vocals in the 1960s, his prominence as a singer-songwriter increased into the 1970s and his original songs for the group included Little Bird and Slip On Through. Although uncredited, Wilson helped pen You Are So Beautiful, a hit for Joe Cocker in 1974 and his music has been characterized for reflecting his edginess and exhibited little of his happy charm, setting it apart from Brian’s music.
By all appearances the happy-go-lucky Beach Boy, Dennis Wilson lived out the proverbial live-fast-die-young motto and his wild side masked an underside that was, by turns, self-loathing and anxious. Wilsons only solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, was released to warm reviews and recorded over a span of several years, the album peaked on US record charts at number 96 during a 12-week stay. Sessions for a follow-up, disintegrated before his death in 1983, five years later, Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beach Boys. Dennis Carl Wilson was the son of Audree Neva and Murry Gage Wilson and he spent his family years with his brothers and parents in Hawthorne, California. Dennis role in the dynamic, which he himself acknowledged, was that of the black sheep. Though anxiety-filled and aggressive at times he was sensitive and generous. Out of the three Wilson brothers, he was the most likely to get beaten by their strong-willed father Murry. However, Dennis would sing with his brothers late at night in their shared bedroom, Brian noted of the late night brotherly three-part harmonies, We developed a little blend which aided us when we started to get into the Beach Boys stuff.
Dennis mother, forced Brian to include Dennis in the lineup of the Beach Boys. Urged by older cousin Mike Love, Dennis had approached Brian to form a group, the Beach Boys formed in August 1961, with Murry taking over as manager, and were immediately successful. Though the Beach Boys developed their image based on the California surfing culture, in the early years of the Beach Boys, Brian gave him the role of the drummer
Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the rock band the Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group, in the mid-1960s, Wilson composed and produced Pet Sounds, considered one of the greatest albums ever made. The intended follow-up to Pet Sounds, was canceled for various reasons, as he suffered repeated nervous breakdowns, Wilsons contributions to the Beach Boys diminished, and his erratic behavior led to tensions with the band. He remains a member of the Beach Boys corporation, Brother Records Incorporated, Wilsons work with the Beach Boys helped raise pop music to the level of high art. Wilson effectively set a precedent that allowed bands and artists to enter a recording studio and his songs became inextricably tied with the zeitgeist of the early 1960s, and he helped develop the sound of the wistful Flower Power era that proceeded.
In years, Wilson was regarded as a godfather to an era of musicians who were inspired by his melodic sensibilities, chamber pop orchestrations. His honors include being inducted into the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winning Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile and The Smile Sessions. In lists published by Rolling Stone, Wilson ranked 52 for the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008 and 12 for the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time in 2015. In 2012, music publication NME ranked Wilson number 8 in its 50 Greatest Producers Ever list and he is an occasional actor and voice actor, having appeared in television shows and other artists music videos. His life was portrayed in the 2014 biopic Love & Mercy, Brian Douglas Wilson was born on June 20,1942, at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, the son of Audree Neva and Murry Wilson. He was the eldest of three boys, his brothers were Dennis and Carl. He has English, Dutch and Irish ancestry, when Brian was two, the family moved from Inglewood to 3701 West 119th Street in nearby Hawthorne, California.
Murry Wilson said, He was very clever and quick, I just fell in love with him. At about age two, Brian heard George Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue, which had an emotional impact on him. A few years later, he was discovered to have diminished hearing in his right ear. The exact cause of hearing loss is unclear, though theories range from him simply being born partially deaf to a blow to the head from his father, or a neighborhood bully. While Brians father Murry was ostensibly a reasonable provider, he was often abusive, a minor musician and songwriter, he encouraged his children in this field in numerous ways. At an early age, Brian was given six weeks of lessons on a toy accordion and, at seven and eight, at Hawthorne High School, Brian was on the football team as a quarterback, played baseball and was a cross-country runner in his senior year
For most of the 1960s, Murry worked as a music publisher for the band. After the Beach Boys dismissed Murry as their manager in 1964, he produced the group the Sunrays. In 1969, without any of the Beach Boys knowledge or consent, Wilson sold off their publishing company Sea of Tunes for $700,000, in 1973, he died aged 55 of a heart attack. Murry Gage Wilson was born in Hutchinson, the son of Edith Sophia and his mother was of Swedish descent. His family moved west to Los Angeles when he was five, the family was initially so impoverished that they camped in a tent on the beach when they arrived. He met his wife, Audree Neva Korthof, while attending Washington High School. During this period he began writing songs and he wrote Ill Hide My Tears, recorded in the early 1950s by doo-wop group the Jets, a reconfiguration of the Hollywood Flames. Brian stated in 2005 that people often misapprehend Murry as an untalented songwriter and he had some music in him. My favorite song of his was one called His Little Darling, Wilson founded a machining business, but maintained an active interest in music, which he passed along to his sons, encouraging them to learn to sing and play instruments.
The Wilson brothers had a relationship with their father. Many stories of abuse have surfaced, including an incident where Murry hit Brian in the head with a 2×4. In 1964, his wife Audree left him and they separated, the marriage ended in divorce in 1966. After the Beach Boys formation, Murry became the business manager, co-producer. Known as a domineering and manipulative man, Murry was a negotiator on the bands behalf. Wilson accompanied the group on their first Australasian tour in January 1964, during his early years, Wilson charged the group $100 for breaking these requirements, but for this tour, he raised the fine to $1,000, which would subtract from the touring proceeds. At the time, Wilsons influence on the Beach Boys continued to ignite tensions within the group, in early April 1964, following incidents involving the recording sessions of the singles Fun, Fun and I Get Around, Brian relieved his father of his managerial duties. Even after Murrys formal business relationship with the Beach Boys ended, he remained in contact with the group.
In 1966, Brian reflected, We love the family thing – yknow, three brothers, a cousin and a friend is a beautiful way to have a group –
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
The Beach Boys Christmas Album is the seventh studio album by the Beach Boys, released in November 1964. It is regarded as one of the finest holiday albums of the rock era, one single was released from the album, the original song The Man with All the Toys backed with the groups rendition of Blue Christmas. Little Saint Nick, a single which had already released the previous year, was included on the album. In 1977, the Beach Boys attempted to follow the album with Merry Christmas from the Beach Boys, the entire Christmas Album plus selections from the Merry Christmas sessions were assembled for the 1998 compilation Ultimate Christmas. The album was devised as a response to Phil Spectors A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records and he played piano on the song Santa Claus Is Coming to Town but was dismissed by Spector due to his substandard piano playing. Original album cover photo by George Jerman for Capitol Photo Studio, with the exception of Little Saint Nick, sessions for the album spanned from June 18–30,1964, one month after the All Summer Long album was completed.
Christmas Day is the first Beach Boys song to feature a vocal from Al Jardine. The album was released in mono and stereo, the mix, prepared by engineer Chuck Britz. Single Dont Hurt My Little Sister were recorded in between June sessions, on April 6,1982, the album was certified gold by the RIAA, selling more than 500,000 units
California Girls is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American rock band the Beach Boys, featured on their 1965 album Summer Days. Wilson conceived the song during his first acid trip and producing the songs recording, upon its release as a single, California Girls reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was backed with Let Him Run Wild, another track from Summer Days, the song is considered emblematic of the 1960s California Sound. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included it as one of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock, in 2010, the Beach Boys recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No.72 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the music came from Brian Wilsons first psychedelic experience. He was quoted saying in 1986, something Im very proud of in a sense because it represents the Beach Boys really greatest record production we’ve ever made. It goes back to 1965 when I was sitting in my apartment, wondering how to write a song about girls and he added in 2007, I was thinking about the music from cowboy movies.
And I sat down and started playing it, bum-buhdeeda, bum-buhdeeda, I did that for about an hour. Then I got this melody, it pretty fast after that. Inspiration came from the rhythm of Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring, in 2015, he explained, California Girls had that beat — its called a shuffle beat — and thats definitely a Bach influence. The next day, he and Mike Love finished off the remainder of the song, Love was not originally listed as the songs co-writer, but his successful 1994 lawsuit for songwriting credits amended the alleged omission. Bassist Carol Kaye credits almost every note to Brian, with the exception being a fill she invented at the end of the bridge section. California Girls begins with a prelude which biographer Peter Ames Carlin called as spare. It was advised against by Brians father, Murry Wilson, who felt it made the song excessively complex, Music theorist Daniel Harrison compared the song to a Brian Wilson composition, God Only Knows, as it both avoids a root-position tonic and suppresses a cadential drive.
Musicologist Walter Everett identifies the use of ♭VII — IV in the chorus to suggest a major key with minor pentatonic inflections. The refrain alternates between the I and ii7 without ever resolving to the expected V, during this, the relationship between the music and text is reflected in the lyric I wish they all could be California girls, an ideal which is impossible to resolve. The track was produced by Wilson, who intended to encapsulate the feel of the Drifters version of On Broadway, the instrumental was made on April 6,1965 at United Western Recorders, requiring 44 takes before Wilson could deem a satisfactory performance. Problems had arisen from the tempo and guitar part in the introduction, which fatigued Wilson, engineer Chuck Britz, and the dozen-plus session players
Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L. A. is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California. With a census-estimated 2015 population of 3,971,883, it is the second-most populous city in the United States, Los Angeles is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the United States. The citys inhabitants are referred to as Angelenos, historically home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California. The city was founded on September 4,1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence, in 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4,1850, the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city.
The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California, nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, and sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles has an economy in culture, fashion, sports, education, medicine. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index, the city is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. The Los Angeles combined statistical area has a gross metropolitan product of $831 billion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Greater Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. The city has hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984 and is bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and thus become the second city after London to have hosted the Games three times. The Los Angeles area hosted the 1994 FIFA mens World Cup final match as well as the 1999 FIFA womens World Cup final match, the mens event was watched on television by over 700 million people worldwide.
The Los Angeles coastal area was first settled by the Tongva, a Gabrielino settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning poison oak place. Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2,1769, in 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. The Queen of the Angels is an honorific of the Virgin Mary, two-thirds of the settlers were mestizo or mulatto with a mixture of African and European ancestry. The settlement remained a small town for decades, but by 1820. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, during Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta Californias regional capital
Be True to Your School
The song features the melody of the University of Wisconsins fight song, On, Wisconsin. Although it is a tribute to Hawthorne High School, which the Wilson brothers attended, Hawthorne High Schools fight song uses the same melody as On Wisconsin. The Beach Boys recorded two versions of this song. The original recording, which appeared on the album, was made on September 2,1963, the second version features The Honeys chanting various cheerleader yells before each chorus. The concept for the version, recorded that week, was born in the same studio session that Brian and Mike created the original idea for Fun, Fun, backstage in Farmington. The single version was backed with In My Room, a collaboration between Brian and Gary Usher, released as Capitol 5069, be True to Your School charted at number 6 on the Billboard charts, and number 4 in the UPI chart survey for newspapers across the United States. It rated number 3 in New Zealands Lever Hit Parade, number 6 in Sweden, rising to popularity when the Beach Boys were still thought of as a Southern California phenomenon, it did best in Los Angeles, three weeks at #1.
The cover photo for this single included member David Marks but not Al Jardine, though Jardine had returned to create a band for the recording sessions for this single. This single, with its B-side In My Room, were the last two of eight charting songs to include Marks for nearly 50 years, though he remained a member until September 27,1967. Jan & Dean covered the song in 1985 on their album Silver Summer, the song is featured in an episode of Gilmore Girls, where the town troubadour is playing it during a pep rally. The songs title is parodied by heavy metal band Twisted Sister in their song Be Crool To Your Scuel, Mike Love performed the song on a telethon on the Full House episode Our Very First Telethon. The song is featured in the 1980s American TV series Riptide, the song is the title of the episode. The song is featured in the credits of the HBO series Vice Principals Season 1 Episode 1. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics