The Beach Boys single “California Girls” was released on this day, July 12th, 1965.
The single “California Girls” was released on this day (July 12th, 1965. The song was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. Wilson conceived the song during his first acid trip. Except for 12 string guitar by Carl Wilson, the other music was performed not by members of the band; mostly by the Wrecking Crew, (Hal Blaine, Leon Russell & Carole King).
“Upon its release as a single, “California Girls” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Single by: The Beach Boys
from the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Released: July 12, 1965
Recorded: April 6 – June 4, 1965
Studio: United Western Recorders and CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood
Songwriter(s): Brian Wilson Mike Love
Producer: Brian Wilson
The song is considered emblematic of the 1960s California Sound. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included it as one of “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll”. In 2010, the Beach Boys’ recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.