"I Get Around" By The Beach Boys, The Happiest Song With An Ugly Past

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One of the most successful double sided singles of all time. (spotify)

On July 4th, 1964, “I Get Around” scored the Beach Boys their first #1 hit in America. Released as a double single with “Don’t Worry Baby,” the pairing ranks among the all-time two for one alongside The Beatles’ “Penny Lane/Strawberry Field Forever” and Elvis’ “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog.” Taking the top spot meant a lot to the father-son tandem of Murray and Brian Wilson. The previous two years they earned back-to-back 2nd place finishes to “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Surf City.”

For the Beach Boys, it was worth the wait. “I Get Around” sold nearly 2 million US copies and reached #7 in the UK. Apparently, Mick Jagger himself had a hand in distributing the ode to teenage exuberance. Here’s everything you wanted to know about “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys.