Let Him Run Wild

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"Let Him Run Wild"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
A-side "California Girls"
Released album: July 5, 1965
single: July 12, 1965
Format 7" vinyl

track: March 20, 1965 at Western Studios

vocals: June 5, 1965 at Columbia Records Studio[1]
Genre Baroque pop
Length 2:20
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Brian Wilson, Mike Love
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Help Me, Rhonda"
"California Girls"
"The Little Girl I Once Knew"
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) track listing

"Let Him Run Wild" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American rock band the Beach Boys. It was released on their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) and as the b-side to "California Girls".

Alternate releases[edit]

An instrumental version is found on the 1968 Stack-O-Tracks compilation.

The 1990–2001 reissue of Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) includes among the bonus tracks a version of the song with alternate backing vocals.

Brian Wilson recorded a version of the song for his 1998 album Imagination.

The 2007 compilation The Warmth of the Sun featured the first stereo mix of the song.

Live Versions[edit]

The song was not performed live until 2008 when the Mike Love and Bruce Johnston lead Beach Boys performed it during their European tour the song featured backing member Scott Totten on lead vocals. The song was again performed several times during the bands 50th Anniversary Tour with Totten again on lead vocal. Brian Wilson performed the song live during his 2013 tour with Al Jardine and David Marks with former Beach Boys backing member and current Brian Wilson band backing member Jeff Foskett on the lead vocal.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Doe, Andrew G. (2013). "GIG65". Retrieved March 10, 2013.