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"I Get Around"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album All Summer Long
B-side "Don't Worry Baby"
Released May 11, 1964
Format Vinyl
Recorded Western Studios
April 2, 1964
April 10, 1964
Genre Pop music, Surf rock
Length 2:12
Label Capitol 5174
Writer(s) Wilson/Love
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Fun, Fun, Fun"/"Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
"I Get Around"/"Don’t Worry Baby"
"When I Grow Up (to be a man)"/"She Knows Me Too Well"
All Summer Long track listing
  1. "I Get Around"
  2. "All Summer Long"
  3. "Hushabye"
  4. "Little Honda"
  5. "We'll Run Away"
  6. "Carl's Big Chance"
  7. "Wendy"
  8. "Do You Remember?"
  9. "Girls on the Beach"
  10. "Drive-In"
  11. "Our Favorite Recording Sessions"
  12. "Don't Back Down"
Beach Boys' Party! track listing
  1. "Hully Gully"
  2. "I Should Have Known Better"
  3. "Tell Me Why"
  4. "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow"
  5. "Mountain of Love"
  6. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
  7. "Devoted to You"
  8. "Alley Oop"
  9. "There's No Other (Like My Baby)"
  10. "Medley:I Get Around/Little Deuce Coupe"
  11. "The Times They Are a-Changin' "
  12. "Barbara Ann"

"I Get Around" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for The Beach Boys. The song features Love on lead vocal for the verse, and Wilson for the chorus. It is noteworthy for its back to front structure - it starts with a chorus and has two short verses. It was a single which was released in 1964 through Capitol Records; the B-side of the single was "Don’t Worry Baby", which itself charted at number 24 in the United States. "I Get Around" was The Beach Boys' first number-one hit song in the United States. The single also charted at number seven in the United Kingdom, which was the band's first top ten single there. The song's first album release was on All Summer Long in 1964.



In November 1969, the Wilson's father Murry Wilson, sold the copyrights to the band's songs to Irving Almo for approximately $700,000.[1] Many years later in April 1992, just after Brian Wilson had won a lawsuit which recovered many of the copyrights to his songs, Mike Love filed a lawsuit against Brian Wilson claiming that he had not been given credit, and therefore hadn't received royalties, on over thirty of the band's songs, many of them hit singles.[2] One of these songs was "I Get Around". The original credit only credited Wilson, but Love insisted that he had a hand in writing the lyrics. In an interview with Goldmine, published September 18, 1992, Love insisted that he and not Wilson "came up with 'round round get around'". Mike Love won the lawsuit and the song-writing credit was amended, therefore ensuring future royalties on all of the songs that he had claimed he had a hand in writing.


As far as researchers can gather, the instrumental track was recorded on April 2, 1964. The session, produced by Brian Wilson, was also notable as being the session that most likely saw the sacking of the band's manager and the Wilsons' father, Murry Wilson.[citation needed] The bed instrumental track of the song without any instrumental overdubs was released on the 1993 five-disc box set Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys.

The vocals were recorded during a session eight days later on April 10. The lead vocal features Mike Love on the verses and Brian Wilson on the choruses with backing vocals from Brian, Carl & Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and Alan Jardine (the soaring falsetto is Brian Wilson).

Single release

The "I Get Around" single backed with "Don't Worry Baby" was released in the United States on May 11, 1964. The single entered the Billboard chart on June 6 at #17.[3] The song reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts on July 4, replacing "A World Without Love" by Peter and Gordon and thus becoming the band's first #1 hit in the United States. The song remained at #1 for two weeks before being replaced by "Rag Doll" by The Four Seasons. The single also reached #1 on the United States Variety charts on July 1.[3]

According to Songfacts, Billboard and Cash Box magazines rated I Get Around 1964's fifth biggest selling song, and indicated it sold close to 2 million units in the U.S.[4]

Released in June 1964 in the United Kingdom the single peaked at #7 on the Record Retailer chart and thus becoming the band's first top ten hit in the United Kingdom. According to some sources, Mick Jagger, when appearing on the U.K. television show Ready Steady Go!, stated that he thought the song was a great record. This most likely played a part in boosting the singles success, while also helping the band become more popular in the United Kingdom.

In Germany the single peaked at #38 on the Hit Bilanz chart[5], which was only the band's second single to chart in Germany.[6] The single was the band's first charting single in the Netherlands, charting at #38 on the Netherlands singles charts.[7] The single also reached the top 10 in both the Canadian and Swedish singles charts, peaking at #10 in both countries.[8][9]

Album and alternate releases

The song was first released on an album in 1964 on the band's All Summer Long album. In the following year, the band re-recorded the song as a medley along with "Little Deuce Coupe" for their 1965 Beach Boys' Party! album. The medley was a send-up of the original recording. The mock recording replaces lyrics such as "we always take my car cause it's never been beat" with "we always take my car although it's a heap". The original recording of the song was later re-released on the band's 1989 studio album Still Cruisin'. On the 1996 country styled studio release Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 the band re-recorded the song for the album which featured country band Sawyer Brown as guests on the track who played several of the instruments on the recording as well as featuring a lead vocal by band member Mark Miller. The harmonies on the re-recorded track were provided by Brian & Carl Wilson, Alan & Matt Jardine, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston.

The song frequently appears on many of the groups Greatest Hits compilations including the 1974 #1 hit compilation album Endless Summer; the 1999 compilation The Greatest Hits - Volume 1: 20 Good Vibrations; the 2002 compilation Classics Selected by Brian Wilson, which was hand-picked by Brian Wilson himself; the 2003 compilation Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys as well as the 1993 box set Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys.

Live versions

After the song became the band's first United States number one hit song, it immediately became a regular in The Beach Boys live set. During the band's first British tour in 1964, they performed this song as well as "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" on their first television appearance in Britain on Ready Steady Go![10] Several live renditions of the song have been officially released on various Beach Boys releases. It was first released on their first live album Beach Boys Concert in 1964. A concert from Anaheim Stadium on July 3, 1976 which featured the song was filmed and produced by Lorne Michaels for a Beach Boys television special which first aired in the United States in August, 1976. The TV special was later released on video and DVD as Good Vibrations Tour. In 1980, a live rendition was recorded, though not released until 2002 on the Good Timin': Live at Knebworth England 1980 live album. Footage from the concert was also released on video and DVD format. Another live recording of the song from a concert in 1989 was released on the 2006 album Songs from Here & Back.

Cultural references

The first film in which the song appeared was the 1984 film Surf II. In 1986, the song was heard in the Disney science-fiction comedy, Flight of the Navigator. The song was later featured in two films in 1987, both Good Morning, Vietnam and The Big Bang. Two years later the song was used in the 1989 film Look Who's Talking. The 1990 film Downtown also used the song during the movie. It was also featured in the 1997 films Bean and Toothless. It was again used in the 1999 film Three Kings. More recently the song was used in the 2000 film Last Resort.[11]

A version of the song was featured on various Hoveround advertisements, advertising electronically powered wheelchairs.[12]

In one episode of The Muppet Show, Ms. Piggy along with other pig members of the cast, sing this song while riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.

In an episode of The Wonder Years, the song appears during the ending credits.

The song also featured in the Wii game, Imagine Fashion Party.

The song was also used by the Bondi Surf Club (Surf Life Saving Australia) for their march as a part of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in 2009.

In a Kidsongs video and DVD, "Let's Play Ball", the music video shows about driving race cars.

The song is also used in the Wes Anderson film, "Fantastic Mr. Fox".

The Song was used in the novel Boy's Life and was the song Reverend Blessett hated.


Chart (1964) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[13] 1
Dutch Singles Chart[7] 38
German Singles Chart[6] 38
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 10
UK Singles Chart 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
Preceded by
"A World Without Love" by Peter & Gordon
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 4, 1964 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Rag Doll" by The Four Seasons


  1. ^ Beach Boys Timeline - 1969
  2. ^ Beach Boys Timeline - 1992
  3. ^ a b Badman, Keith (2004). The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band on Stage and in the Studio. p. 59. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Badman, Keith (2004). The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band on Stage and in the Studio. p. 62. 
  6. ^ a b German Singles Charts
  7. ^ a b Dutch Singles Charts
  8. ^ Canadian Singles Charts
  9. ^ a b Swedish Singles Charts
  10. ^ The Beach Boys Live on Ready Steady Go! in 1964
  11. ^ The Beach Boys Filmography
  12. ^ Hoveround Commercial
  13. ^ "Canadian Singles Charts". Retrieved 11 November 2007. 

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