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"Little Deuce Coupe"
Song by The Beach Boys

from the album Surfer Girl

Released July 22, 1963
Recorded June 12, 1963
Western Studios
Genre Surf rock
Length 1:38
Label Capitol
Composer Brian Wilson/Roger Christian
Producer Brian Wilson
Surfer Girl track listing
"The Rocking Surfer"
"Little Deuce Coupe"
"In My Room"
from the album Beach Boys' Party!
Length 3:12 (medley)
Label Capitol
  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"

"Little Deuce Coupe" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian. The song first appeared as the b-side to The Beach Boys' 1963 single "Surfer Girl". It was released on the Surfer Girl album and then again as the title track of the album Little Deuce Coupe.

"Surfer Girl" reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Little Deuce Coupe" became The Beach Boys' highest charting b-side, making it to #15. It was the first of the Beach Boys' b-sides to receive a million spins on US radio. Internationally, it was reported by a French internet publication to be the 20th biggest hit of 1963 in that country.

According to author Jon Stebbins in his book The Lost Beach Boy, while the group was on tour in July 1963 Mike Love hit on the idea to use short instrumental segments of the song in the Beach Boys' live set as a way to introduce the bandmembers to the audience, starting with Dennis Wilson on drums, then adding David Marks (and later Al Jardine) on rhythm guitar, Carl Wilson on lead guitar, and finally Brian on the bass, before launching song from the top.



The music was written by Brian Wilson with the lyric by local radio station DJ Roger Christian; it typified the Beach Boys' "car songs" which along with "surfing", glamourised the teenage 1960s Californian lifestyle. The car referred to is the Ford Model B; the 1932 model was referred to as a "deuce coupe". Model Bs were readily available and easily modified, as auto enthusiasts (or "hot rodders") removed spare weight and improved the engine.

Brian Wilson commented on the song in the liner notes of the 1990 CD re-release of the original 'Surfer Girl' album: "We loved doing "Little Deuce Coupe." It was a good "shuffle" rhythm, which was not like most of the rhythms of the records on the radio in those days. It had a bouncy feel to it. Like most of our records, it had a competitive lyric. This record was my favorite Beach Boys car song."


The song was recorded at Western Studios on June 12, 1963, at the same recording session as "Surfer Girl". The two songs were the first songs recorded for The Beach Boys' third album, Surfer Girl. This was the first Beach Boys recording session where Brian Wilson served as the official producer, and also one of the last sessions before Al Jardine rejoined the band.


Alternate versions

The Beach Boys have released four live versions of "Little Deuce Coupe", on Beach Boys Concert, Good Timin': Live at Knebworth England 1980, Songs from Here & Back, and as part of a medley on Endless Harmony Soundtrack. Al Jardine included this song on his solo album Live in Las Vegas.

A demo version surfaced on the 2001 compilation Hawthorne, CA.

It was also recorded as part of a medley with "I Get Around" on Beach Boys' Party!. On their 1996 album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, the Beach Boys re-recorded this song with country music artist James House.

In the 2005 film, War of the Worlds (2005 Film) directed by Steven Spielberg, Ray Ferrier (played by Tom Cruise) sings part of the song to his daughter (Dakota Fanning) as a lullaby when she is too afraid to sleep.

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