Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)

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Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released July 5, 1965 (1965-07-05)
Recorded February 24 / March 4–20 / June 4, 1965
Studio United Western Recorders, Gold Star Studios, and CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood
Genre Rock
Length 26:42
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
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Pet Sounds
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Best of The Beach Boys
Singles from Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
  1. "Help Me, Rhonda"
    Released: April 5, 1965
  2. "California Girls" / "Let Him Run Wild"
    Released: July 12, 1965

Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) is the ninth studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on July 5, 1965, on Capitol.[1] Produced by Brian Wilson, the album reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the UK Albums Chart. Two singles were issued from the album: "Help Me Rhonda", which became the group's second chart-topper in the US, and "California Girls", which peaked at number three.

The band's previous album, The Beach Boys Today! (March 1965), represented a departure for the group through its abandonment of themes related to surfing, cars, and teenage love.[2] The album sold below Capitol's expectations, and in response, the label pressured the group to produce bigger hits.[3] Summer Days thus returned the band's music to simpler themes.[4]


"Girl Don't Tell Me" marked Carl Wilson's first lead vocal on a Beach Boys studio album.[5]

Unreleased material[edit]

One outtake from the album's sessions is known as "Sandy" or "Sherry She Needs Me",[6] and was written by Brian Wilson with Russ Titelman alongside "Guess I'm Dumb".[7] "Sherry She Needs Me" was later revisited by the Beach Boys during 1976 Love You sessions The composition remained dormant until 1998, when it was finally finished by Wilson as "She Says That She Needs Me" for his 1998 Imagination solo album. The Beach Boys' version of "Sherry She Needs Me" was later released in 2013 for the Made in California box set.[8]

Cover photo[edit]

Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) includes Bruce Johnston's first appearance on a Beach Boys album. As Brian Wilson's stage replacement, he was not yet considered an "official" member, but Wilson appreciated Johnston's skills enough to have him contribute vocally and instrumentally on the album. Johnston would often accompany the group on photo shoots, but he was prohibited from having those pictures published on album covers due to a preexisting contract with Columbia Records. Consequently, his image would not grace the jacket of a Beach Boys' album until he appeared on the back cover of Wild Honey in 1967. Along with Johnston, Al Jardine is also missing from the Summer Days cover photo depicting the group on a sailboat, having missed the shoot due to illness.[9]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[10]
Blender 4/5 stars[11]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars [12]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [13]

Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) proved to be another gold-selling success for the Beach Boys in the US, where it hit number 2 behind The Rolling Stones's Out of Our Heads. Along with 1963's "Surfin' USA" it remains the group's highest-charting studio album in the U.S. The following year, the album would reach number 4 in the UK. The album's lead single, "Help Me, Rhonda", topped the US Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed]

In a 2011 reappraisal, BBC Music observed that the track listing of Summer Days reads "like a Greatest Hits", and felt the album is unfairly disparaged for being "simply loaded with proud pop songs". Comparing to the Beach Boys' later work: "If Pet Sounds is the critics’ favorite, Summer Days is perhaps the people's day at the beach."[14] That same year, the online journal Rocksucker praised the album, ranking it 4th in its list of "Ten Underappreciated Beach Boys LPs", but considers it "an inconsistent collection of which the high points are truly great and the low points ranging from merely good to just-about-passing-muster".[15]

Release history[edit]

In the early 1970s, as part of Capitol Records' repackage series of their Beach Boys albums, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) was retitled California Girls and deleted two tracks: "Amusement Parks, USA" and "I'm Bugged at My Ol' Man".[citation needed] In 1990, the album was reissued paired with The Beach Boys Today!; this package featured extensive liner notes and bonus tracks from that period.[4] In its 2012 reissue, the album received its first true stereo mix.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Following a 1990s court case, Love was awarded songwriting credits for "The Girl from New York City", "Amusement Parks U.S.A.", "Salt Lake City", "Help Me, Rhonda", "California Girls", "Let Him Run Wild", and "You're So Good to Me".[16]

All tracks written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "The Girl from New York City"   Mike Love 1:54
2. "Amusement Parks U.S.A."   Love/Brian Wilson 2:29
3. "Then I Kissed Her" (Phil Spector/Ellie Greenwich/Jeff Barry) Al Jardine 2:15
4. "Salt Lake City"   Love/B. Wilson 2:00
5. "Girl Don't Tell Me" (B. Wilson) Carl Wilson 2:19
6. "Help Me, Rhonda"   Jardine 2:46
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "California Girls"   Love/B. Wilson 2:46
2. "Let Him Run Wild"   B. Wilson 2:20
3. "You're So Good to Me"   B. Wilson 2:14
4. "Summer Means New Love" (B. Wilson) instrumental 1:59
5. "I'm Bugged at My Ol' Man" (B. Wilson) B. Wilson 2:17
6. "And Your Dream Comes True"   The Beach Boys 1:04


Sourced from Musician's Union AFM contract sheets and surviving session audio, documented by Craig Slowinski.[17][18]

The Beach Boys
Additional musicians and production staff


Year Chart Position
1965 US Billboard 200 Albums Chart 2[19]
1966 UK Top 40 Album Chart 4[20]
Year Single Chart Position
1965 "Help Me, Rhonda" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 1
1965 "California Girls" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 3


  1. ^ Badman 2004, p. 96.
  2. ^ Schinder 2007, p. 111.
  3. ^ Wilson & Greenman 2016, p. 89.
  4. ^ a b Leaf, David (1990). Today/Summer Days (CD Liner). The Beach Boys. Capitol Records. 
  5. ^ Schinder 2007, p. 112.
  6. ^ Badman 2004, p. 86.
  7. ^ "Russ Titelman 35th Anniversary Salute". Billboard: 44. June 1996. 
  8. ^ Sharp, Ken (2013). "Beach Boys Producers Alan Boyd, Dennis Wolfe, Mark Linett Discuss 'Made in California' (Q&A)". Rock Cellar. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Learn about The Beach Boys' 'Summer Days' album cover | Goldmine Magazine". 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  10. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) - The Beach Boys : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  11. ^ "Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) - The Beach Boys Review,". Blender. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  12. ^ The Virgin Encyclopedia Of Popular Music, Concise (4th Edition), Virgin Books (UK), 2002, ed. Larkin, Colin.
  13. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd Edition) Random House (US), 1992, ed. Anthony DeCurtis ISBN 0-679-73729-4
  14. ^ Roberts, Chris (2011). "Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Abrams, Jonny (2011). "Ten Underappreciated Beach Boys LPs: Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!)". Rocksucker. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Doe, Andrew G. "Album Archiveq". Bellagio 10452. Endless Summer Quarterly. 
  17. ^ Craig Slowinski (2009). "The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)" (PDF). Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ Craig Slowinski (2007). "The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Today!" (PDF). Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) - The Beach Boys: Awards". AllMusic. 
  20. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". EveryHit.