Sherry She Needs Me

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"Sherry She Needs Me"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album Made in California
Released August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)
Recorded 1965, 1976
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
"She Says That She Needs Me"
Song by Brian Wilson from the album Imagination
Released June 16, 1998 (1998-06-16)
Recorded 1998
Genre Ballad
Label Giant
Imagination track listing
"Your Imagination"
"She Says That She Needs Me"
"South American"

"Sherry She Needs Me" (also known as "Sandy" or "Sandy She Needs Me") is an unfinished song composed in 1965 by Brian Wilson with Russ Titelman for American rock band the Beach Boys. The song has been completed and released in several different variations. As a solo artist in 1998, Wilson completed the song with lyric changes by Carole Bayer Sager; it was renamed "She Says That She Needs Me" and released on his album Imagination.

A tender and poignant love ballad, AllMusic cited "She Says That She Needs Me" as one of the finest tracks on Imagination, writing: "this song captures Wilson's unique and heartfelt balladeer style with extreme effectiveness. The melody is one of Wilson's most beautiful, and this arrangement (loaded with tasteful yet dramatic horns and strings) clearly bears this out. A dramatic, minor-key bridge only adds to the lushness. Lyrically, it's also a great example of Wilson's literate, artless style."[1]


The song began as one of two collaborations between Brian Wilson and Russ Titelman during the mid 1960s, the other being "Guess I'm Dumb" which was successfully recorded and released as a single by Glen Campbell.[2][3]


The song was initiated during sessions for the Beach Boys' 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). Two versions of the instrumental were recorded with the name "Sandy" or "Sandy She Needs Me".[4] After rough vocals were added on one of these instrumentals, the track lay dormant for several years. Sometime in August 1970, the master tape was transferred from three-track tape to 16-track, although there exists no evidence of any overdubs recorded at that time.[5] On August 21, 1976, Brian retrieved the track, renamed it "Sherry She Needs Me", and overdubbed a lead vocal shortly before sessions for the group's 1977 album Love You.[6] According to archivist Craig Slownski, "While the lead vocal starts out gruff, it eventually soars, proving that even in 1976 Brian was capable of near-crystal shattering 1965-style falsetto singing, when he felt like it."[5] It was abandoned once again after being briefly considered for inclusion in an early track listing for the ultimately rejected Adult/Child LP.[7][8]

In 1978, the song was rewritten and rerecorded as "Tricia" with lead vocals by Mike Love for his scrapped solo album First Love, and remains unreleased. Titelman reportedly "took another stab" at "Sherry She Needs Me" with Brian as they worked together on his 1988 debut solo album Brian Wilson, renaming it "Terry She Needs Me".[3][5]


Brian revisited the song a final time in 1998, when it was completed as "She Says That She Needs Me" with modified lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager on the album Imagination.

In 2013, the song was released in a digitally altered form for the group's box set Made in California. It mashed up the unfinished vocals by Brian overdubbed in 1976 with Beach Boys vocals from an alternate 1965 take. Compiler Mark Linett elaborated "That’s a 1965 instrumental track with a 1976 vocal. They were considering finishing the song and putting it on the Love You album. It got as far as Brian adding a lead vocal. That’s happened a lot where they go back to a song from years ago."[9]


"Sherry She Needs Me"

Sourced from Musician's Union AFM contract sheets and surviving session audio, documented by Craig Slowinski.[5]


  1. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. "She Says That She Needs Me". AllMusic. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Russ Titelman 35th Anniversary Salute". Billboard: 44. June 1996. 
  3. ^ a b Dillon 2012.
  4. ^ Badman 2004, p. 86.
  5. ^ a b c d Craig Slowinski (2007). "The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Today!" (PDF). Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Doe, Andrew Grayham. "GIGS76". Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 9 (1965): The Alternate "Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!!)". AllMusic. 
  8. ^ Doe, Andrew Grayham. "Unreleased Albums". Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ Sharp, Ken (2013). "Beach Boys Producers Alan Boyd, Dennis Wolfe, Mark Linett Discuss 'Made in California' (Q&A)". Rock Cellar. Retrieved July 13, 2014.