Good Vibrations
The Beach Boys
Beach Boys 1966 Good Vibrations 45

I, I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight
Plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts
Her perfume through the air

1966
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966 for one week
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1966 for two weeks
  • B-side "Let's Go Away For Awhile"
  • from the album Smiley Smile (1967)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #6 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • on the record:
       Carl Wilson- lead vocals (verses), bass guitar, percussion
       Brian Wilson- lead vocals (falsetto, chorus and bridge)
       Mike Love- lead vocals (chorus, bridge)
       Dennis Wilson- vocals, Hammond organ
       Al Jardine- vocals
       Bruce Johnston- vocals
       Glen Campbell- guitar
       Larry Knechtel- Hammond organ
       Carol Kaye- bass guitar
       Jimmy Bond- upright bass
       Ray Pohlman- bass guitar
       Don Randi- harpsichord
       Lyle Ritz- upright bass
       Al de Lory- tack piano
       Jesse Ehrlich- cello
       Tommy Morgan- harmonica
       Paul Tanner- electro-theremin
       Hal Blaine- drums, percussion
       Jim Gordon- drums
  • Brian Wilson, who produced the record, used four different studios and 90 hours of recording tape to obtain the unique sound he was trying to achieve
  • the record cost over 50,000 dollars to produce, making it one of the most expensive singles recorded up to that point
  • an electro-theremin was used to produce the high-pitched sliding electronic sound in the choruses and at the end of the track; it was played by Paul Tanner
  • written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love
  • produced by Brian Wilson
  • Capitol Records label
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