Surf City (song)
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|Single by Jan and Dean|
|from the album Surf City|
|B-side||"She's My Summer Girl"|
|Recorded||20 March 1963
|Genre||Surf rock, pop|
|Label||Liberty Records (#55580)|
|Writer(s)||Brian Wilson, Jan Berry|
|Producer||Jan Berry for Screen Gems, Inc.|
The first draft of the song, with the working title "Goody Connie Won't You Come Back Home", was written by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. He gave it to Jan Berry and Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean who finished writing and recording it with Wilson in the early 1960s. Although Torrence contributed several phrases to the song, he never insisted that he be given writing credit. "Surf City" became the first surf song to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. The song also crossed to #3 on Billboard's R&B charts.
(A song by the name of "Surf City USA" also exists, written by Shirley Orlando and was featured in a musical by that name too, performed at the Huntington Beach Playhouse on August 13, 2006.)
"Surf City" is one of a handful of Jan and Dean songs that used the group of leading studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. According to the American Federation of Musicians contract, these included:
- Billy Strange - guitar, arranger
- Ray Pohlman - guitar, leader
- Glen Campbell - guitar
- Bill Pitman - bass
- Hal Blaine - drums
- Earl Palmer - drums
Two drummers was a sound preference of arranger Billy Strange.
In 1991, after moving to Huntington Beach, California, Torrence helped convince elected officials that the town be officially nicknamed "Surf City". As of 2009, more than 65 businesses in the city included "Surf City" as part of their name.
The Ramones covered "Surf City" on their album Acid Eaters. The Go-Go's sang a cover version at An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson (2001). They substituted the lyrics "Two girls for every boy" with "Two boys for every girl". The Meteors sang a cover version as well. The Beach Boys have also covered the song in their live concerts.
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|Billboard Hot 100 number one single
July 20, 1963 (two weeks)
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- "Huntington Beach, California". Surf City USA web site. Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "Phonograph Recording Contract" (PDF). The Wrecking Crew. American Federation of Musicians. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "Eric Aniversario's Home Page". Tripod.com. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- Jan Berry official web site - Covering Jan & Dean
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