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.