Friends (The Beach Boys song)

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Beach Boys - Friends (single).jpg
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Friends
B-side"Little Bird"
ReleasedApril 8, 1968
RecordedMarch 13, 1968
Songwriter(s)Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Al Jardine
Producer(s)The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Do It Again"
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"Friends" is a song written by Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson and Al Jardine for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1968 album Friends. It was also released as a single, with "Little Bird" as the B-side. The single peaked at #47 in the United States and #25 in the United Kingdom. The song was recorded on March 13, 1968.[1]


The song was recorded in 4/4 time for its first take. Immediately after, Brian rearranged the song after realizing that there weren't many waltzes on the radio.[2] Brian Wilson once stated, "The cut 'Friends' was, in my opinion, a good way to keep waltzes alive. Carl had sung...before and now he spearheaded this cut with a heavy vocal performance." As Peter Reum, a Beach Boys historian, stated "'Friends' is a waltz, and it's been used at the Berklee College of Music to teach students how to write in 3/4 time."[citation needed]

Brian called the song his favorite from the Friends album.[3] An a cappella mix was sold as a vinyl single backed with Al Jardine's Beach Boys reunion song "Don't Fight the Sea" for the charity of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in April 2011.[4]

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  1. ^ "Recordings sessions: 1968". Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Benci, Jacopo (January 1995). "Brian Wilson interview". Record Collector. UK (185).
  3. ^ "Brian Answer's Fans' Questions In Live Q&A". January 29, 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Rare Beach Boys Single, 'Don't Fight the Sea,' To Benefit Red Cross Relief Efforts In Japan". April 18, 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2014.