The Beach Boys Medley

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"The Beach Boys Medley"
The Beach Boys Medley cover.jpg
Single by The Beach Boys
B-side "God Only Knows"
Released 1981
Format Vinyl
Genre Pop
Length 4:05
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Roger Christian, Fred Fassert, Chuck Berry
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Livin' with a Heartache"
(1980)
"The Beach Boys Medley"
(1981)
"Come Go with Me"
(1981)
"Livin' with a Heartache"
(1980)
"The Beach Boys Medley"
(1981)
"Come Go with Me"
(1981)

"The Beach Boys Medley" is a single containing a medley of popular Beach Boys' songs from the 1960s, edited by John Palladino. Released in mid-1981, it capitalized on a medley craze begun by the Stars on 45 medleys. "The Beach Boys Medley" reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's highest charting hit in the U.S. in over five years. The single peaked at number 8 on the Cash Box sales chart. "The Beach Boys Medley" was first released on an album a year later in 1982 on Sunshine Dream.

Capitol's release of this medley came on the heels of the rising notoriety of a Beach Boys medley created in early 1981 by South Florida recording engineer and musician, Chuck Kirkpatrick. Ironically it was Kirkpatrick, a former Capitol recording artist himself (known as "Chuck Crane") who took his finished master to head of A & R, Rupert Perry in hopes of selling the idea as a novelty and himself as"The One-Man Beach Boys". Perry's response was, "We own the masters. If we thought it would sell, we would release our own version". It wasn't until months later when Kirkpatrick's medley began to catch on and garner airplay that Capitol decided to make their move.

Songs in the medley[edit]

In order, the songs of the medley include:

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