Little Girl (You're My Miss America)

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"Little Girl (You're My Miss America)"
Song by The Beach Boys
from the album Surfin' Safari
Released October 1, 1962 (1962-10-01)
Recorded September 5, 1962 (1962-09-05)
Capitol Studios
Genre Surf rock
Length 2:05
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Herb Alpert
Vincent Catalano
Producer(s) Nik Venet

"Little Girl (You're My Miss America)" is a song written by Vincent Catalano and Herb Alpert. It was first recorded by Dante & His Friends; The Beach Boys recording for their 1962 album Surfin' Safari is much better known. The song is known by various names, including "Miss America" and "Little Miss America".


"Little Girl" is a simple song about a teenager's infatuation with a girl. Unlike the other Beach Boys covers from this era, Brian Wilson changed the form of the song quite a bit, making adaptations and rearranging the song to make it more suited to The Beach Boys.[1]

The Beach Boys version[edit]

The Beach Boys recorded this song on September 5, 1962, at their second Capitol Records recording session.[2] It is Dennis Wilson's first lead vocal.[3]



  1. ^ Lambert, Philip: Inside the Music of Brian Wilson, page 52-53. Continuum Publishing, 2007.
  2. ^ Doe, Andrew G.: "gigs6162." Bellagio 10452. Retrieved on 2012-02-07.}
  3. ^ Doe, Andrew G. & Tobler, John: "Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys: The Complete Guide to their Music", page 9. Omnibus Press, 2004.