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|Original artist||Joe Jones|
|Recorded by||The Rivieras, The Dictators, Ramones, Bobby Fuller|
|Performed by||The Byrds|
|Song by Ramones from the album Leave Home|
|Producer||Tony Bongiovi, Tommy Ramone|
"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, it peaked at #89 on the charts.
- Annette Funicello covered it in 1963.
- The most successful version, the Rivieras' in 1964, reached #5 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Crickets recorded their version for their LP of the same name in 1964 (Liberty LRP 3351 / LST 7351).
- The New York City rock band the Dictators included their own cover of the song on their 1975 Go Girl Crazy! debut album.
- The song was later performed by the Ramones on their 1977 Leave Home album and used in their 1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School motion picture. This song is on various compilations, including All the Stuff (And More!) Volume 1 and Hey Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology.
- The Ramones' cover was also used in Jackass: The Movie, while the Rivieras' version was used in Oliver Stone's The Doors film, when Jim Morrison (played by Val Kilmer) arrives in Venice Beach.
- The song was used in the 1987 movie Good Morning, Vietnam.
- Bobby Fuller recorded a cover of the song that can be found on El Paso Rock: Early Recordings Volume 3.
- Tommy James & the Shondells recorded a cover of the song for their 1967 album, I Think We're Alone Now.
- The song has often been played live by Chris Isaak and his band Silvertone, with the drummer Kenney Dale Johnson assuming lead vocals and Isaak playing the drums.
- "California sun - Joe Jones / The Rivieras". Rockabilly.nl. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- "The Offspring Concert Setlist at Gran Parque de la Exposición, Lima on September 5, 2013". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- "The Offspring Concert Setlist at Estadio Cubierto Malvinas Argentinas, Buenos Aires on September 8, 2013". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- Bob Greene "Take a guess where "California Sun" is from", Jewish World Review, June 7, 1999