Bluebirds over the Mountain

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"Bluebirds over the Mountain"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album 20/20
B-side "Never Learn Not to Love"
Released December 2, 1968 [1]
Format Vinyl
Recorded September 29, 1967 and November 14, 1968
Genre Hard rock[2]
Length 2:51
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Ersel Hickey
Producer(s) Bruce Johnston and Carl Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Do It Again"
"Bluebirds over the Mountain"
"I Can Hear Music"
20/20 track listing

"Bluebirds over the Mountain" is a song written by Ersel Hickey. This is perhaps his best known song. The song was covered by notable artists such as The Beach Boys and Ritchie Valens. The Echoes 1962 version hit Billboard's Bubbling Under The Top 100 survey and was a top 20 hit on Chicago's WLS.

The Beach Boys version[edit]

"Bluebirds over the Mountain" was covered by The Beach Boys and released on their 1969 album 20/20. It was also released as a single on December 2, 1968 with the B-side of the single being "Never Learn Not to Love". The song features Mike Love on lead vocals and it also features Ed Carter on guitar.

The single peaked at #61 on the Billboard pop chart in the United States and at #33 in the United Kingdom and went to #9 in the Netherlands. It reached #36 on the Record World national Top 40 and went into the top 20 in Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis and Columbus.

The "B-Side" of this single, "Never Learn Not To Love" was written by notorious mass-murderer, Charles Manson. Dennis Wilson was friends with Manson for a brief period of time before the "Tate-LaBianca Murders" as they would later be referred to.


Other covers[edit]

West Virginian horror punk band Blitzkid covered this song on their 2002 split, "Exhuming Graves and Making Dates". American new wave band The Jet Blackberries on their 1984 album Sundown on Venus.


  1. ^ Badman, Keith. The Beach Boys. The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band: On Stage and in the Studio Backbeat Books, San Francisco, California, 2004. ISBN 0-87930-818-4 p. 232
  2. ^ "Lindsay Planer review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-29.