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

By Kellar Ellsworth
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.