Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on May 23rd of 1964 The Beach Boys release “I Get Around”( w/ “Don’t Worry Baby” as the “B” side) which will go on to become the group’s first #1 hit, topping the US chart for two weeks. “Don’t Worry Baby” was conceived as a followup to the Ronettes’ #2 hit “Be My Baby.” When he heard the Ronettes’ song on the radio, Brian Wilson wondered aloud if he could match it. Wilson’s wife Marilyn reassured him, saying, “Don’t worry, baby.” Wilson remembered it when it came time to write songs with his DJ friend Roger Christian. The song was recorded in two 8-hour sessions. Brian Wilson often used the famous Los Angeles session musicians on his songs, but this one was mostly in the family: Brian played piano and bass, Carl Wilson played guitar, and Dennis Wilson played the drums. The single “I Get Around” backed with “Don’t Worry Baby” is considered one of the best ever single releases along with “Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles and “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. It was rated fifth biggest seller of 1964 by both Billboard and Cash Box – indicating close to 2 million US units sold – though it was another 18 years before Capitol submitted it to the RIAA for auditing (the only other Beach Boys single the label did this for was “Good Vibrations”). This single was The Beach Boys real breakthrough in the UK, reaching #7 in a chart that for months had seen only British faces. It was effusively pushed by Mick Jagger on British TV’s Juke Box Jury and he personally circulated copies of it to the UK’s independent pirate radio stations offshore. It was also #1 in Canada and New Zealand. Al Jardine told Mojo magazine June 2012 that this was his favorite Beach Boys recording session. He recalled: “(Engineer) Chuck Britz got such a great sound on that song; the drums, the singing, the clicky sound on the Fender Precision bass. There’s something about the way the track sat. Just about everything about it was an era-change for us.” “Don’t Worry Baby” became a hit on its own despite being a “B” side when it reached #24 on Billboard.