Marina del Rey (song)

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"Marina del Rey"
Single by George Strait
from the album Strait from the Heart
B-side "I Can't See Texas from Here"
Released September 16, 1982
Format 7" single
Recorded January 11, 1982
Genre Country
Length 3:00
Label MCA 52120
Writer(s) Dean Dillon
Frank Dycus
Producer(s) Blake Mevis
George Strait singles chronology
"Fool Hearted Memory"
"Marina del Rey"
"Amarillo by Morning"

"Marina del Rey" is a song recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in September 1982 as the second single from his album Strait from the Heart, which went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA. It peaked at number 6 in the United States, and number 2 in Canada. The song is set in Marina del Rey, California, and it is structured as a slow romantic ballad. Longtime country songwriters Frank Dycus and Dean Dillon composed the tune.[1][2]


The song is about a love affair on the beach. Two people get together and have a good time during a vacation. They create many memories and then head their separate ways – back to their normal lives.

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B grade, saying that the lyrics are "appropriately longing and sentimental for times gone by, but Strait hasn’t yet developed enough as a vocalist to pull off the mature performance required."[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 6
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2