Jan and Dean - Surf City

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  "Surf City" was written by Jan Berry and Brian Wilson for the American musical duo Jan and Dean, released in May 1963. It became the first surf song to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1963, remaining on the charts for two weeks. The song also crossed to number 3 on the Billboard R&B charts.

The first draft of the song, with the working title "Goody Connie Won't You Come Back Home", was written by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. He gave it to Jan Berry and Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean who finished writing and recording it with Wilson in the early 1960s. Although Torrence contributed several phrases to the song, he never insisted that he be given writing credit.

"Surf City" is one of a handful of Jan and Dean songs that used the group of leading studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. According to the American Federation of Musicians contract, these included:

* Billy Strange - guitar, arranger

* Ray Pohlman - guitar, leader

* Glen Campbell - guitar

* Bill Pitman - bass

* Hal Blane - drums

* Earl Palmer - Drums



Jan & Dean - Surf City / She's My Summer Girl

U.K. Liberty 55580 (1963)

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

The record shows only minimal signs of spindle wear.

Both record labels are clean and unmarked.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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