Girl Don't Tell Me

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"Girl Don't Tell Me"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Released June 28, 1965 (1965-06-28)
Genre Rock
Length 2:19
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Brian Wilson
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
Endless Summer track listing
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"The Little Girl I Once Knew"
"Barbara Ann"
"Sloop John B"

"Girl Don't Tell Me" is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). In December 1965, it was chosen to be the B-side to The Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann" single.


The song was recorded on April 30, 1965 at United Western Recorders. Chuck Britz was the engineer.[1] It is one of the first songs to feature Carl Wilson as the lead vocalist[2] (his first unshared lead was on "Pom Pom Play Girl"),[citation needed] and is one of the few Beach Boys songs from the era to feature no backing vocals. It is also the first recording session that Bruce Johnston participated in as a member of The Beach Boys.[citation needed] The track has been compared to the structure of the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" for its guitar breaks and drum rolls.[2] It's been claimed that Brian intended to submit "Girl Don't Tell Me" to the Beatles.[3]


Sourced from Musician's Union AFM contract sheets and surviving session audio, documented by Craig Slowinski.[1]

The Beach Boys
Additional musicians



  1. ^ a b Craig Slowinski (2009). "The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)" (PDF). Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Leaf, David (1990). Today/Summer Days (CD Liner). The Beach Boys. Capitol Records. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Brian; Gold, Todd (1991). Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story. New York: HarperCollins. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-06018-313-4. 

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