I Get Around
|"I Get Around"|
|Single by The Beach Boys|
|from the album All Summer Long|
|B-side||"Don't Worry Baby"|
|Released||May 11, 1964|
|Recorded||April 2 / 10, 1964
United Western Recorders, Hollywood
|Writer(s)||Brian Wilson, Mike Love|
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
"I Get Around" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for American rock band the Beach Boys. It was released as a single in May 1964 with "Don’t Worry Baby" as its B-side and became the group's first number-one charting song in the United States. In the United Kingdom, it charted at number seven and was the band's first top ten single there. It was included as the opening track on their studio album All Summer Long in July 1964.
An autobiographical narrative, "I Get Around" begins with a multi-part a cappella introduction that quickly shifts into rock-style verses sung by Mike Love and a pop chorus sung in falsetto by Brian Wilson, who also produced and arranged the song. During its recording session, Wilson's father Murry was relieved of his duties as the group's manager.
The song was originally credited to Brian Wilson alone until Love v. Wilson, a 1994 lawsuit by Mike Love which amended the song's copyright to include him as a co-writer. In an interview with Goldmine, published September 18, 1992, Love insisted that he and not Wilson "came up with 'round round get around'".
The instrumental track for "I Get Around" was recorded on April 2, 1964 at United Western Recorders in Hollywood, along with "Little Honda." According to biographer Steven Gaines, manager Murry Wilson was in the control room "criticizing the song and Brian's production techniques ... rambl[ing] on about what a loser Brian was, how poor the music was, and how only Murry had the real talent in the family. At one point he insisted that Brian end the [recording] session because something was wrong with the bass line." The confrontation ended with a physical altercation, and Brian dismissed him as manager. Brian would later say, "We love the family thing – y'know: three brothers, a cousin and a friend is a really beautiful way to have a [rock] group – but the extra generation can become a hang-up." The vocals were recorded during a session eight days later on April 10.
- The Beach Boys
- Al Jardine – harmony and backing vocals; electric bass guitar
- Mike Love – lead and bass vocal
- Brian Wilson – chorus falsetto lead, harmony and backing vocals; piano; harpsichord; Hammond B3 organ
- Carl Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; electric lead and rhythm guitar
- Dennis Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; drums
- Session musicians and production staff
"I Get Around", backed with "Don't Worry Baby", was released as a single in the United States on May 11, 1964. The single entered the Billboard chart on May 23 at #76. The song reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts on July 4, replacing "A World Without Love" by Peter and Gordon and becoming the band's first #1 hit in the United States. The song remained at #1 for two weeks before being replaced by "Rag Doll" by The Four Seasons. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 5 song of 1964. The single also reached #1 on the United States Variety charts on July 1.
Released in June 1964 in the United Kingdom the single peaked at #7 on the Record Retailer chart and thus becoming the band's first top ten hit in the United Kingdom. According to some sources, Mick Jagger, when appearing on the UK television show Ready Steady Go!, stated that he thought the song was a great record. This most likely played a part in boosting the single's success, while also helping the band become more popular in the United Kingdom.
In Germany the single peaked at #38 on the Hit Bilanz chart, which was only the band's second single to chart in Germany. The single was the band's first charting single in the Netherlands, charting at #38 on the Netherlands singles charts. The single reached the top 10 in both the Canadian and Swedish singles charts, peaking at #10 in both countries.
- Weekly singles charts
"A World Without Love" by Peter & Gordon
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 4, 1964 (2 weeks)
"Rag Doll" by The Four Seasons
Album and alternate releases
The song was first released on an album in 1964 on the band's All Summer Long album. In the following year, the band re-recorded the song as a medley along with "Little Deuce Coupe" for their 1965 Beach Boys' Party! album. The medley was a send-up of the original recording. The mock recording replaces lyrics such as "we always take my car cause it's never been beat" with "we always take my car although it's a heap". On the 1996 country styled studio release Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 the band re-recorded the song for the album which featured country band Sawyer Brown as guests on the track who played several of the instruments on the recording as well as featuring a lead vocal by band member Mark Miller.
The instrumental track of the song without any vocal overdubs was released on the 1993 five-disc box set Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys.
After the song became the band's first United States number one hit song, it immediately became a regular in the Beach Boys' live set. During the band's first British tour in 1964, they performed this song as well as "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" on their first television appearance in Britain on Ready Steady Go!.[not in citation given] The band performed I Get Around on the Ed Sullivan Show on September 27, 1964.
Several live renditions of the song have been officially released on various Beach Boys releases such as Beach Boys Concert (1964), Good Timin': Live at Knebworth England 1980 (2000), and Songs from Here & Back (2006). In 2013, The Beach Boys released a music video for a live performance of "I Get Around" during their 50th anniversary tour.[better source needed]
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