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“California Girls” by The Beach Boys

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    “California Girls” by The Beach Boys is a surf song.

    Song Title: California Girls
    Artist: the Beach Boys
    Album: Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
    Genre: pop rock, oldies, classic rock, surf
    Composer: Copyright © 1965 Brian Wilson, Mike Love
    Vocals: Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson
    Guitar: Howard Roberts
    12-String Guitar: Jerry Cole, Carl Wilson
    Piano: Leon Russell
    Organ: Al de Lory
    Vibraphone: Frank Capp
    Bass Guitar: Carol Kaye
    Upright Bass: Lyle Ritz
    Drums: Hal Blaine
    Tambourine: Billy Strange
    Tenor saxophone: Steve Douglas
    Baritone saxophone: Jay Migliori
    Bass saxophone: Jack Nimitz
    Trumpet: Roy Caton
    Producer: Brian Wilson
    Recorded: music tracks: 6 April 1965 at Western Studios
    vocals: 4 June 1965 at Columbia Records Studio
    Released: 12 July 1965
    Label: Capitol Nashville

    This song won the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing and was nominated for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, and Best Female Video.

    Number of listens: 11543
    Current rank: 706 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 701 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “California Girls” is a song by American rock band The Beach Boys, featured on their ninth studio album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (1965). Written by band-members Brian Wilson (who conceived the song during an LSD trip) and Mike Love, the song features contrasting verse-chorus form. Upon its release as a single, “California Girls” reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    It is one of The Beach Boys’ most famous songs and has been included on countless greatest hits compilations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included the song in its of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it 71st on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. David Lee Roth covered the song in 1985, also peaking at #3 on the Billboard charts.

    The music for the song came from Brian Wilson’s first LSD experience. In the Beautiful Dreamer documentary, Wilson said that shortly after taking LSD, he ran up to a bedroom and hid under a pillow, shouting “I’m afraid of my mom, I’m afraid of my dad.” Sometime later, he left the room and went to a piano. He started playing in the bass the B-F♯-G♯ patternover and over, and then added in the right hand after a few minutes a B chord, moving to an A chord. Within a half hour, he had come up with the “well east-coast girls are hip, I really dig the styles they wear” part of the song. The next day, he and Mike Love supposedly finished off the remainder of the song.
    “California Girls” was the first Beach Boys recording to feature vocals from Bruce Johnston, who had joined the group to substitute for Brian Wilson on concert tours. Bruce’s vocals can be heard at the end of the song.

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