ON THIS DATE (48 YEARS AGO)
May 11, 1964 – The Beach Boys: “I Get Around” b/w “Don’t Worry Baby” (Capitol 5174) 45 single is released in the US.
“I Get Around” is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for The Beach Boys. The song features Love on lead vocal for the verse, and Wilson for the chorus. It is noteworthy for its back-to-front structure—it starts with a chorus and has two short verses. It was a single which was released in 1964 through Capitol Records; the B-side of the single was “Don’t Worry Baby”, which itself charted at number 24 in the United States. “I Get Around” was The Beach Boys’ first number-one hit song in the United States. The single charted at number seven in the United Kingdom, and was the band’s first top ten single there. The song’s first album release was on All Summer Long in 1964.
“I Get Around”, backed with “Don’t Worry Baby”, was released as a single in the United States on May 11, 1964. The single entered the Billboard chart on June 6 at #17. The song reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts on July 4, replacing “A World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon and becoming the band’s first #1 hit in the United States. The song remained at #1 for two weeks before being replaced by “Rag Doll” by The Four Seasons. The single also reached #1 on the United States Variety charts on July 1.
Released in June 1964 in the United Kingdom the single peaked at #7 on the Record Retailer chart and thus becoming the band’s first top ten hit in the United Kingdom. According to some sources, Mick Jagger, when appearing on the UK television show Ready Steady Go!, stated that he thought the song was a great record. This most likely played a part in boosting the single’s success, while also helping the band become more popular in the United Kingdom.