Cuddle Up

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"Cuddle Up"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Carl and the Passions – "So Tough"
A-side"You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone"
ReleasedMay 15, 1972
RecordedApril 9, 1972
Brian Wilson's home studio, California
GenreBaroque pop
Length5:30 (album)
5:20 (single)[1]
Songwriter(s)Dennis Wilson and Daryl Dragon
Producer(s)The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Surf's Up"
"Cuddle Up"

"Cuddle Up" is a song written by Dennis Wilson and Daryl Dragon for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was concurrently released in two formats on May 15, 1972. One version was released on the album Carl and the Passions – "So Tough", and another as the b-side to "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone".[2]


Following the release of the Beach Boys album Surf's Up in August 1971, Dennis Wilson collaborated with Daryl Dragon, intending to record a solo album. Cuddle Up was initially recorded for this project in late 1971 under the working title Old Movie.[3]

After the idea for producing this solo album was abandoned, Dennis re-recorded "Cuddle Up" at his brother Brian's home studio in Bel Air, California on May 15, 1972 for the Beach Boys.[4]

The lead vocal on Cuddle Up is performed by Dennis and production is credited to the Beach Boys.[2]

Alternate releases[edit]

A slightly different mix of Cuddle Up was pressed on the b-side to "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone". It features alternate mixing, additional string overdubs and backing vocals.


The Beach Boys
  • Bonnie Douglas – violin
  • Assa Drori – violin
  • Irving Geller – violin
  • Alfred Lustgarten – violin
  • Leonard Malarsky – violin
  • Jay Rosen – violin
  • Nathan Ross – violin
  • Sheldon Sanov – violin
  • Leonard Salic – violin
  • Spiro Stamos – violin
  • Dorothy Wade – violin
  • Shari Zippert – violin
  • Norm Botnick – viola
  • David Burk – viola
  • Joseph Reilich – viola
  • David Schwartz – viola
  • JoAnn Johansson – cello
  • Jan Kelley – cello
  • Nathan Gershman – cello
  • Victor Sazer – cello
  • James D. Hugart – double bass
  • Richard F. Kelley, Sr. – double bass
  • Meyer Rubin – double bass


Matthew Greenwald of Allmusic has stated ""Cuddle Up" is a somewhat top-heavy, classically influenced ballad. However, the lyrics and Dennis Wilson's excellent vocals render this an emotional masterpiece, closing the album out with style."[6] and went on to note that it is essential listening for those exploring Dennis Wilson's talents.[6]

Cover versions[edit]

A cover version was released in 1975 by Captain & Tennille on their album Love Will Keep Us Together.[7]


  1. ^ Billboard Magazine May 20, 1972 page 58 Vol. 84 No. 21
  2. ^ a b Bush, John. "Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennile : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  3. ^ Doe, Andrew G. (2012). "GIGS71". Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Badman, Keith. The Beach Boys. The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band: On Stage and in the Studio Backbeat Books, San Francisco, California, 2004. ISBN 0-87930-818-4
  5. ^ a b c d e f g,8454.50.html
  6. ^ a b Greenwald, Matthew. "Cuddle Up - The Beach Boys : Listen, Appearances, Song Review : Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  7. ^ Heibutzki, Ralph. "Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennile : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-12-11.