My all-time favorite Beach Boys song? "Don't Worry Baby". Music by Brian Wilson and lyrics by Roger Christian, the released version, master #51285, was recorded on February 20, 1964. It was originally released as track two, side one of the "Shutdown Volume 2" album, released on March 2, 1964. The song was released as a single, the B side of "I Get Around", on May 11, 1964. It charted on May 30, 1964 and reached #24 on the charts. Brian wrote the song as the follow-up to the 1963 Phil Spector produced hit, "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes. Both songs begin with distinctive drum riffs, both played by famous 'Wrecking Crew" session drummer Hal Blaine. With Brian singing the angel voiced lead vocal, "Don't Worry Baby" captures the essence of mid '60s teenaged angst.
Quoting Brian: " I had fun doin' "Don't Worry, Baby" too, because Dennis, Carl and I were singin' together in the background. This song was my first real attempt to sing the lead that was good enough for a single record. My high voice made them all cry. The thing about it is that I was singin', sweetly and lovingly, a lyric that was about racing my car. Some people might have thought that this was somehow humorous (I did), but I always overlooked the irony of it and got to the heart of it."
See "Don't Worry Baby" Lyrics
Picking this one song as my personal favorite was not at all easy, since so many Beach Boys songs appeal to me, with their sophisticated chord progressions and unmatched harmonies, inspired by Brian's love for the vocal stylings of the Four Freshmen. Since I purchased my first Beach Boys 45 in 1962, "Surfin' Safari" b/w "409", they have remained my favorite rock-and-roll group.
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