409 (song)

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"409"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Surfin' Safari and Little Deuce Coupe
A-side "Surfin' Safari"
Released June 4, 1962
Format Vinyl
Recorded April 19, 1962
Western Studios
Genre Hot rod rock,[1] car song[2]
Length 1:59
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Gary Usher
Producer(s) Murry Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Surfin'"
(1961)
"Surfin' Safari"
(1962)
"Ten Little Indians"
(1962)

"409" is a song written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Gary Usher for the American rock and roll band the Beach Boys. The song features Love singing lead vocals. It was originally released as the B-side of the single "Surfin' Safari" (1962).[3] It was later released on their 1962 album, Surfin' Safari and appeared again on their 1963 album, Little Deuce Coupe.

The song is credited for initiating the hot rod music craze of the 1960s.[1] The "409" referenced in its lyric is the Chevrolet 409.[3]

Composition[edit]

The song was inspired by Gary Usher's obsession with hot rods.[4] The group's treatment of this, one of their first major releases recorded April 1962 (released June 4th), reflects their influence by black r&b acts popular on Los Angeles radio stations at the time and shows a more raw approach to rock and roll than their much more polished releases continuing in 1963.[original research?] It stayed one week on the 'Billboard' Hot Hundred at number seventy-six in October 1962.[citation needed]

409 is a Twelve bar blues.[5]

Musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Breitenstein, Jeff. Ultimate Hot Rod Dictionary: A-Bombs to Zoomies. MotorBooks International. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-61059-235-2. 
  2. ^ Hoffmann, Frank W.; Bailey, William G. (1990). Arts & Entertainment Fads, Volume 1. Binghampton: Haworth Press. p. 61-62. ISBN 9780866568814. 
  3. ^ a b Profile at Songfacts
  4. ^ "The Beach Boys: 409". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  5. ^ 21st Century Guitar Song, Alfred Music Publishing, p. 28

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