Busy Doin' Nothin'

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This article is about The Beach Boys' song. For Similarly titled song by Ace Wilder, see Busy Doin' Nothin' (Ace Wilder song). For the soundtrack song of the same name, see A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949 film).
"Busy Doin' Nothin'"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album Friends
Released March 26, 1968
Recorded March 26, 1968, instrumental track, April 11, 1968, vocal track
ID Sound & Brian Wilson's home studio, California[1]
Genre Bossa nova, pop[2]
Length 3:04
Label Capitol
Writer Brian Wilson
Producer Brian Wilson
Friends track listing

"Busy Doin' Nothin'" is a song written and produced by Brian Wilson for the American rock band the Beach Boys. The tenth track on their fourteenth album Friends, it was released on June 24, 1968.


"Busy Doin' Nothin'" was recorded over two dates, one for the basic instrumental track and another for overdubs, including the vocal track. The basic instrumental track was recorded at Brian Wilson's home studio on March 26, 1968 under the working titles "Even Steven" and "Even Time". The session used several members of the Wrecking Crew.

Overdubs and the vocal track were recorded on April 11, 1968 at ID Sound, California. The vocal track has Brian singing the lead vocal, briefly joined by his then-wife Marilyn Wilson who sings close harmony with Brian during the second bridge. This was the first time Brian was vocally unaccompanied by other Beach Boys since "Caroline, No" in 1966.

Live versions[edit]

"Busy Doin' Nothin'" was performed in the early 2000s by Brian Wilson during his Pet Sounds solo tour.


The Beach Boys
Additional personnel
  • Jim Ackley – acoustic guitar
  • Don Englert – clarinet
  • Alan Estes – vibraphone; wood blocks
  • Jay Migliori – clarinet
  • Gene Pello – drums
  • Lyle Ritz – upright bass
  • Tom Scott – tenor flute
  • David Sherr – oboe
  • Al Vescovo – acoustic guitar
  • Marilyn Wilson – backing and harmony vocals

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