California Sun

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"California Sun"
Published 1961
Written Henry Glover
Morris Levy
Original artist Joe Jones
Recorded by The Rivieras, The Dictators, Ramones, Bobby Fuller
Performed by The Byrds
"California Sun"
Song by Ramones from the album Leave Home
Released January 1977
Recorded October 1976
Genre Punk rock
Length 1:58
Label Sire/Philips
Producer Tony Bongiovi, Tommy Ramone
Leave Home track listing
"What's Your Game"
"California Sun"

"California Sun", is a song credited to Henry Glover and Morris Levy. Originally recorded by the 35-year-old New Orleans-born singer-songwriter Joe Jones, and released by Roulette Records in the winter of 1961,[1] it peaked at #89 on the charts.

Cover versions[edit]

  • The most successful version, released by the Rivieras in 1964, reached No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Crickets recorded their version for their LP of the same name in 1964 (Liberty LRP 3351 / LST 7351).
  • The Ramones's cover was also used in Jackass: The Movie, while the Rivieras's version was used in Oliver Stone's The Doors film, when Jim Morrison (played by Val Kilmer) arrives in Venice Beach.
  • English band Palma Violets covered California Sun. The song is featured as the B-side of their single "We Found Love".[4]


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