Billboard #1 Hits: #136: “Help Me, Rhonda”- The Beach Boys. May 29, 1965. #1 for 2 weeks.

  • Single: “Help Me, Rhonda”- The Beach Boys
  • Record Company- Capitol
  • Genre: Rock and Roll
  • Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
  • Time: 3:04
  • B-side: “Kiss Me, Baby”
  • Album- The Beach Boys Today!
  • Grade: A-
  • Peaked at #1 for 2 weeks on Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Canada, #27 on UK Singles Chart.

“Help Me, Rhonda”- is the second of four Beach Boys #1 hits. 1964- “I Get Around”- 1965- “Help Me, Rhonda” 1966 ” Good Vibrations”– and then the awful “Kokomo” in 1988. ” Help Me, Rhonda” was the only big Beach Boys hit which was sung by Al Jardine. According to Brian Wilson- “Rhonda” wasn’t a real person. Backing The Beach Boys were members of The Wrecking Crew-including Glen Campbell on guitar, Leon Russell on piano and the ever present Hal Blaine on drums- another of Blaine’s #1 hits he played on. At the first session of “Help Me, Rhonda” a drunken Murry Wilson [father of Brian, Carl and Dennis} broke in and criticized the bands performance and enthusiasm- which pushed the sensitive Brian to a breaking point where he confronted his father.

8 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #136: ” HELP ME, RHONDA”- THE BEACH BOYS- MAY 29, 1965

  1. So this is the song that pushed Brian too far. Were there ever any physical fights between dad and the sons? I know my stepdad was a real azz and loved to push all of our buttons, especially my younger brothers. None of them ever took a swing at him. He would have cleaned their clocks! I remember saying something smartalecky back to him once and he jacked me up against the wall. Never hit me though, ever. He was an irritating person often but he was a good guy at heart.

    • From what I recall reading- Murry beat the boys often. Brian lost his hearing in an ear due to Murry’s abuse. Murry thought he was the genius in the family.

    • In an unforgivable move he sold off their publishing for $700,000 in 1969. Imagine the millions upon millions of dollars those songs have been worth in the past 50 years. .. the incident where Brian lost his hearing- Murry hit him in the head with a 2 X 4.

    • What the HELL? Sorry for swearing. When I think of Brian, the sensitive artist, and some ….. hitting him in the head with a 2 x 4. Reminds me of one of my maternal uncles who beat my cousin so badly he was left with brain damage. Back then abusive parents could get away with that sh*t. They often still do, but it’s a little more difficult these days. About the publishing rights, shame on the person who swindled the dad. I’m sure a lot of that swindling BS goes on in the industry 😦

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