Darlin' (The Beach Boys song)
|Single by The Beach Boys|
|from the album Wild Honey|
|Released||December 18, 1967|
|Recorded||October 27, 1967Wally Heider Studios,|
|Genre||Rock, soul, rhythm and blues|
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
"Darlin'" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. It was first recorded by the American rock band The Beach Boys with lead vocals by Carl Wilson and released on their 1967 album Wild Honey. It was also released as a single, with the B-side of the single being "Here Today" from the 1966 album Pet Sounds. The single peaked at #19 in the United States and #11 in the United Kingdom.
The song was initially written as "Thinkin' 'Bout You Baby" by Wilson and Love years earlier, and was first recorded and released as a single in April 1964 by Sharon Marie — a previously unrecorded teenager who had informally auditioned for Wilson and Love by singing opera standards after a Sacramento Beach Boys concert — with production by Wilson himself. The song can be heard on the 2004 compilation Pet Projects: The Brian Wilson Productions.
The instrumental and vocal track was recorded under the production of Brian Wilson on October 27, 1967. After the song had been re-written as "Darlin'", Brian was planning to give it and "Time to Get Alone" to a band called Redwood (later to be known as Three Dog Night) as Danny Hutton was a friend of Brian's around that time. Hutton laid claim to inspiring the title for "darlin'", it being frequent in his vocabulary at the time. Redwood only got as far as recording a guide vocal before Mike Love insisted that Brian focus his attention on producing work for the Beach Boys. Accompanied by piano, bass, tambourine, strings, and horns, Carl Wilson sings lead vocals.
The "Darlin'" single, backed with "Here Today", was issued by Capitol Records in the United States in December 1967. The single peaked at the number 19 position on the Billboard charts, but it placed at number 10 on the Cash Box sales chart. Radio station playlists indicated high popularity in Santa Barbara (#1), Los Angeles (#2), Baltimore and Norfolk (#4); Washington, Boston, Honolulu (all #5); San Diego, Fresno, Portland, Milwaukee, Louisville (all #6); Vancouver (#7), Toronto (#9), and New York (#14).
In the United Kingdom the single was issued in January 1968 with the B-side "Country Air". The single peaked at the number 11 position. In New Zealand the single peaked at the number 10 position. In Sweden it placed number 15, and in the Dutch single charts the song peaked at number 21.
Live versions were released on three of their albums: Live In London (1970), The Beach Boys In Concert (1973) and Good Timin': Live At Knebworth England 1980 (2002). As a solo artist, the song appeared on Brian Wilson's live album Live at the Roxy Theatre (2002).
- 1968The Paper Dolls, Paper Dolls House –
- 1971Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Summertime –
- 1972American Spring (as "Thinkin' 'Bout You Baby" w/Brian Wilson), Spring –
- 1975David Cassidy (w/Bruce Johnston), The Higher They Climb –
- 1978Triumvirat, A la Carte –
- 1984Tatsuro Yamashita, Big Wave –
- 1991The Records, Smiles, Vibes & Harmony: A Tribute to Brian Wilson –
- 1993Darlin', Shimmies in Super 8 –
- 1993BMX Bandits (as "Thinkin' 'Bout You Baby"), Kylie's Got A Crush On Us –
- Badman, Keith (2004). The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band, on Stage and in the Studio. Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-0-87930-818-6.
- Priore, Domenic (2005). Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece. Domenic Priore. ISBN 978-1-78323-198-0.