Surf City (song)
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|Single by Jan and Dean|
|from the album Surf City and Other Swingin' Cities|
|B-side||"She's My Summer Girl"|
|Released||May 17, 1963|
|Recorded||March 20, 1963
|Genre||Surf rock, pop|
|Label||Liberty Records (#55580)|
|Writer(s)||Brian Wilson, Jan Berry|
|Producer(s)||Jan Berry for Screen Gems, Inc.|
|Jan and Dean singles chronology|
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.
"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.
The song was covered in late 1963 by Argentinian rock band "The Red Caps" as a part of television show El Club del Clan.
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.
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