Surfin' USA

Surfin' USA (The Beach Boys)

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"Surfin' U.S.A." is the title of a song with lyrics written by Brian Wilson for The Beach Boys, set to the melody from Chuck Berry's Sweet Little Sixteen. Berry has sole credit for composing the song. "Surfin' USA" was recorded by The Beach Boys released as a single on March 4, 1963 and it also appeared on the 1963 album of the same name. It debuted on network television via The Steve Allen Show broadcast two days before release with the band lip-synching it. It peaked at #2 in the chart of the Music Vendor trade paper (within a year renamed Record World) and according to several sources was the biggest seller in the US in 1963. The B-side of the single is "Shut Down". The song features Mike Love on lead vocals.

It was revived in 1977 by teen idol Leif Garrett for a top 20 hit in the USA, and featured in the hit 1985 Michael J. Fox comedy Teen Wolf.

The songwriting credit for the song was eventually given entirely to Chuck Berry, as "Surfin' USA" is similar to Berry's song "Sweet Little Sixteen" in melody, rhythm, and lyrics.

Brian Wilson claims the song was merely influenced by Berry, as well as Chubby Checker and Jimmy Bowles, the little brother of Wilson's girlfriend Judy....

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