I Can Hear Music

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"I Can Hear Music"
I Can Hear Music - Ronettes.jpg
Single by the Ronettes
B-side"When I Saw You"
ReleasedOctober 1966
FormatVinyl
Recorded1966
GenrePop
Length3:00
LabelPhilles
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jeff Barry
the Ronettes singles chronology
"Is This What I Get For Loving You?"
(1965)
"I Can Hear Music"
(1966)
"You Came, You Saw, You Conquered!"
(1969)

"I Can Hear Music" is a song written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector for American girl group the Ronettes in 1966. This version spent one week on the Billboard Pop chart at number 100. Three years later, American rock band the Beach Boys released a cover version as a single from their album 20/20 (1969), peaking at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Beach Boys version[edit]

"I Can Hear Music"
Beach Boys - I Can Hear Music.jpg
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album 20/20
B-side"All I Want to Do"
ReleasedMarch 3, 1969[1]
FormatVinyl
RecordedOctober 1, 1968
Length2:36
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Carl Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Bluebirds over the Mountain"
(1968)
"I Can Hear Music"
(1969)
"Break Away"
(1969)

"I Can Hear Music" was covered by the American rock band the Beach Boys, released on their 1969 album 20/20 with Carl Wilson on lead vocals. With Brian Wilson increasingly losing interest in producing for the Beach Boys, his younger brother Carl took over the role of producer and lead Beach Boy. "I Can Hear Music" is considered by many to be Carl Wilson's first taste at being the "leader" of the group. This version peaked at #24 on the Hot 100. Internationally, it consistently hit the Top 20, reaching #10 in the UK. The Beach Boys' version is noted for its a cappella section of harmonies and counterpoint.

Within the US and Canada, it peaked on playlists in the top 5 in Boston, Houston and Dallas; #7 New York and Chicago (WCFL); #8 in Toronto and San Diego, #9 in Seattle; #10 Vancouver and Indianapolis; #11 Los Angeles, Louisville, Providence, and Chicago (WLS); #12 Milwaukee and Columbus.[2][citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

Partial credits from Craig Slowinski.[3][4]

unknown – guitars, bass, drums, tambourine

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Australia (Go-Set) 13
Canada RPM Top Singles[5] 34
Chile 12
Germany 13
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 15
Malaysia 6
Netherlands 6
New Zealand (Listener)[7] 11
Poland 7
Sweden 5
UK 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 24
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 20
U.S. Record World 20

Larry Lurex version[edit]

In 1973, Larry Lurex, the solo stage name of Freddie Mercury, recorded "I Can Hear Music." His version peaked at #115 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart.[9]

Kathy Trocolli version[edit]

In 1996, the Beach Boys rerecorded the song, with contemporary Christian singer Kathy Troccoli on lead vocals, for their country album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1.

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 0-87930-818-4 p. 29
  2. ^ Arsa Surveys, las-solanas.com
  3. ^ http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,1960.msg40548.html#msg40548
  4. ^ http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,9788.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1969-04-21. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I Can Hear Music". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 19 May 1969
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Bubbling Under the Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004