Had to Phone Ya

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"Had to Phone Ya"
It's OK, Had To Phone Ya.jpg
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album 15 Big Ones
A-side "It's O.K."
Released July 5, 1976 (album)
August 30, 1976 (single)[1]
Format Vinyl
Recorded March 30, 1976,
Brother Studios, California
Length 1:43
Label Brother/Reprise
Writer(s) Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Diane Rovell
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Rock and Roll Music"
(1976)
"It's O.K."
(1976)
"Everyone's in Love with You"
(1976)
Music sample

"Had to Phone Ya" is a song written for the American rock band the Beach Boys. It was released on their 1976 album 15 Big Ones, and was the b-side to the single "It's O.K.".

Composition[edit]

Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote the song, with Diane Rovell also contributing.[2] Diane was originally listed as a cowriter, but her name was removed from songwriting credits in subsequent releases.[3] She is still listed as co-writer in the Broadcast Music, Inc. database.[4]

Byron Preiss wrote of how it was written by Brian Wilson while his wife Marilyn was away in Europe.[5] Brian spoke about the song in 1995:

All five members of the band take turns on lead vocals, with Mike Love handling the majority. Brian Wilson takes the closing segment, in which the key shifts from A to G. After an extended staccato vamp on a Gmaj7, the final section begins with an unusual chord sequence of Gmaj7, to B♭maj7, and E♭maj7, as Brian sings in a rough but passionate baritone, "Come on / Come on and answer the phone / Come on, come on!"

Lindsay Planer of Allmusic noted "Although the tune may sound uncomplicated, it is part of a larger sonic tapestry that combines the interaction of several simultaneous melodies." noting similarities to earlier Brian Wilson compositions "Good Vibrations" and "Love to Say Dada".[7]

Recording[edit]

The Beach Boys' version of "Had to Phone Ya" was recorded on March 30, 1976, at Brother Studios in the middle of the primary sessions for 15 Big Ones.[8] It was produced, arranged and conducted by Brian Wilson.

The instrumental track from was this session was made available on Made in California in 2013.

Personnel[edit]

The Beach Boys
Session musicians and production staff

American Spring version[edit]

"Had to Phone Ya"
Song by American Spring from the album Spring
Released 1988 (1988)
Recorded 1973
Length 2:02
Writer(s) Brian Wilson, Diane Rovell
Producer(s) Brian Wilson

"Had to Phone Ya" was originally recorded in 1973 by American Spring at Junior's Motel in Otho, Iowa.[citation needed] Their version was released as a bonus track for the CD reissue of the album Spring (1972).[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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 978-0-87930-818-6 p. 367
  2. ^ Lambert, Philip (2007). Inside the music of Brian Wilson: the songs, sounds, and influences of the Beach Boys' founding genius. Continuum. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-8264-1876-0. 
  3. ^ Diken, Dennis; Buck, Peter (2000). 15 Big Ones/Love You (booklet). The Beach Boys. California: Capitol Records. p. 2. 72435-27945-2-2 http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:9Fj6dxsXd_MJ:albumlinernotes.com/15_Big_Ones_Love_You.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au&client=safari |url= missing title (help). 
  4. ^ Had to Phone Ya, BMI
  5. ^ Preiss, Byron (1979). The Beach Boys (1st ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 122. ISBN 0345273982. 
  6. ^ "Brian Wilson interview". Record Collector. No. 185. January 1995. 
  7. ^ Planer, Lindsey. "Had to Phone Ya - The Beach Boys". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  8. ^ Doe, Andrew G. (2012). "GIGS76". Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ Diken, Dennis; Buck, Peter (2000). 15 Big Ones/Love You (booklet). The Beach Boys. California: Capitol Records. p. 2. 72435-27945-2-2 http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:9Fj6dxsXd_MJ:albumlinernotes.com/15_Big_Ones_Love_You.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au&client=safari |url= missing title (help). 

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