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Billboard #1 Hits: #94: ” Surf City”- Jan And Dean- July 20, 1963- #1 for 2 weeks.

  • Single: ‘Surf City”- Jan And Dean
  • Record Company- Liberty
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Jan Berry and Brian Wilson
  • Time: 2:36
  • B-side:”She’s My Summer Girl”
  • Album- Surf City And Other Swingin’ Cities
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks

The Beach Boys Brian Wilson was hanging about with Jan Berry and Dean Torrence and played them “Surfin’ U.S.A.” Jan and Dean suggested he give the song to them to record but it was already slated for The Beach Boys- but Brian suggested this song he was working on but hadn’t finished- and was losing interest in- “Surf City.” Jan and Dean both added some to the song- it was recorded [ noted musicians Hal Blaine, Glen Campbell, Earl Palmer, Bill Pitman, Billy Strange and Ray Pohlman of the famous Wrecking Crew of studio musicians were the players on the single. “Surf City” was released and became the first surf song to go to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart.

The first draft of the song by Brian Wilson had the title- “Goody Connie Won’t You Come Back Home.” “Surf City” would be Jan and Dean’s only #1 hit- they would have from 1959-66 24 Hot 100 singles with 14 making it to the Top 40. In 1991 Dean Torrence moved to Huntington Beach, California and convinced them to take the official title of Surf City U.S.A. Jan died at the age of 62 in 2004 of a seizure.