I'm So Young

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"I'm So Young"
I'm So Young 45.jpg
Label of "I'm So Young" 45 - Checker Records
Single by The Students
B-side "”Everyday of the Week”"
Released on Note, May 1958; on Checker, August 1958
Recorded 1958
Genre Doo-wop
Length 2:31
Label Checker Records #902, Note Records, #10012
Songwriter(s) William H. "Prez" Tyus, Jr.
Producer(s) Jimmy Coe
The Students singles chronology
"I'm So Young"
(1958)
"My Vow to You"
(1959)
-- "I'm So Young"
(1958)
"My Vow to You"
(1959)

"I'm So Young" is a song written by William H. "Prez" Tyus, Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio. First recorded by the Students, the song has received cover versions by Rosie and the Originals, the Del-Vikings, Benjy Ferree, the Beach Boys, and, as "So Young," by the Ronettes, Antony and the Johnsons, and the Devil Dogs.

While still in high school, Tyus wrote the songs "I'm So Young" and "Everyday of the Week" and gave them to a local African-American vocal group called the D'Italians. Once a recording contract with Checker Records was secured, the group changed its name to the Students, and it was under this name that Tyus's two doo-wop songs were recorded.[1]

The Beach Boys version[edit]

"I'm So Young"
Song by The Beach Boys
from the album Today!
Released March 8, 1965
Recorded January 18–19, 1965
United Western Recorders, Hollywood
Genre Doo-wop
Length 2:30
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) William H. "Prez" Tyus, Jr.
Producer(s) Brian Wilson

The Beach Boys recorded the song for their 1965 album The Beach Boys Today!. Its backing track was recorded on January 18, 1965 with vocal overdubs following one day later. An earlier version, recorded on September 9, 1964, was released as a bonus track in a 1990 CD reissue of the album.

Personnel[edit]

Sourced from Musician's Union AFM contract sheets and surviving session audio, documented by Craig Slowinski.[2]

The Beach Boys
  • Al Jardine – backing and harmony vocals, electric bass guitar
  • Mike Love – backing and harmony vocals
  • Brian Wilson – lead vocal, 6-string electric bass guitar, Hammond B3 organ, production, mixing
  • Carl Wilson – backing and harmony vocals, electric rhythm/lead guitar (intro only), 12-string rhythm guitar, 6-string electric bass guitar
  • Dennis Wilson – backing and harmony vocals, drums
Additional musicians and production staff

References[edit]