When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
|"When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)"|
|Single by The Beach Boys|
|from the album Today!|
|B-side||"She Knows Me Too Well"|
|Released||August 24, 1964|
|Recorded||track: August 5, 1964
vocals & guitar solo: August 10, 1964
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
"When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" 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 The Beach Boys Today! and as a single the previous year hit number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number seven in Cash Box. It spent two weeks at number one in Canada's national RPM chart. The B-side of the single was "She Knows Me Too Well" and stopped one place under the Hot 100.
The lead vocal is shared by Brian Wilson and Mike Love.
Album and alternate releases
The song was first released in stereo in 1965 on the band's Today! album. When Capitol re-released the album (minus two tracks) on vinyl under the title Dance dance dance in the early 1980s, the complete album was in mono at Brian Wilson's request, as was the case with its 2001 CD release with all the original tracks re-instated.
The first time the original stereo mix of the song was released on CD was on the 1993 compilation The Beach Boys...Summer Dreams!. The second time this stereo version was released digitally was as part of the 2012 stereo remaster of the Today! album.
An alternate mix of the song was released on the 1993 box set Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys. This mix featured the instrumental recording on one channel and the vocal recording on the other channel, allowing the listener to hear the complexity of both the instrumental and vocal track.
During the band's first British tour in 1964, they performed this song as well as "I Get Around" on their first television appearance in Britain on Ready Steady Go. However, the song was rarely performed live by the band if ever before the early 2000s when the Mike Love and Bruce Johnston Beach Boys began to play it at nearly every show. During the bands 50th Anniversary Tour the song was played at nearly every show.
In popular culture
The song was recorded over two sessions in 1964 at Western Recorders. The instrumental track was most likely recorded on August 5 with the vocals being overdubbed five days later on August 10. The instrumental track was arranged by Brian Wilson.
Surviving sessions audio and AFM musician contracts sheets, documented by Craig Slowinski have enabled this personnel list to be compiled.
- Carl Wilson – lead and rhythm guitars, harmony and background vocals
- Brian Wilson – acoustic piano, electric harpsichord, lead vocals, harmony and background vocals
- Al Jardine – bass guitar, harmony and background vocals
- Dennis Wilson – drums, hi-hat, harmony and background vocals
- Mike Love – lead vocals, harmony and background vocals
- Session musicians and production staff
- Carrol Lewis – harmonica
- "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- Live on Ready Steady Go! 1964 on YouTube
- Craig Slowinski (2007). "The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Today!". Retrieved October 27, 2012.