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Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Surfin' Safari
A-side "Surfin' Safari"
B-side "409"
Released June 4, 1962
Format Vinyl
Recorded April 19, 1962
Western Studios
Genre Rock
Length 1:59
Label Capitol Records
Writer(s) Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Gary Usher
Producer Murry Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Surfin' Safari"/ "409"
"Ten Little Indians"/"County Fair"

"409" is a song written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Gary Usher for the American rock and roll band, The Beach Boys. The song features Mike Love singing lead vocals. It was originally released as the b-side of the "Surfin' Safari" single. It was later released on their 1962 album, Surfin' Safari, and it was also on their 1963 album, Little Deuce Coupe.

"Surfin Safari" would reach #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, while 409 reached #76. Originally promoted as the A-side by Capitol, "409" went on to feature in many regional markets. It was the most popular song of 1962 in Dallas (KBOX chart) and, also in its own right, penetrated the top tens of Vancouver, Seattle and San Bernardino. It was co-hit with its later designated A-side near the top of playlists in most other areas.



The "409" of the song is the Chevrolet 409, a 409 cubic inch W-series V8 engine popular with "hot rodders" of the time. Gary Usher, who wrote the majority of the lyric for the song dreamed at that time of one day owning a Chevrolet 409.

The song was originally credited to just Wilson and Usher. Mike Love's name was added as a result of a lawsuit filed by him against Wilson in the 1990s.


"409" was recorded at the third Beach Boys recording session, on April 19, 1962, at Western Studios. The band's previous record label, Candix, had folded, and with the recordings made at this session, the band was able to sign with Capitol Records. This was David Marks's first session as a member of the band.

The engine noises heard at the beginning of the song were of Usher's Chevrolet 348, the W-series predecessor to the 409.



See also

Surfin' Safari Track Listing
Surfin' Safari | County Fair | Ten Little Indians | Chug-A-Lug | Little Girl (You're My Miss America)
409 | Surfin' | Heads You Win - Tails I Lose | Summertime Blues | Cuckoo Clock
Moon Dawg | The Shift


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