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Good Vibrations Wasn’t Brian Wilson Or Any Of The Beach Boys Idea

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Good Vibrations picture sleeve - 385x240 - Capitol records

Rolling Stone magazine has Good Vibrations listed at #5 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  The first time I heard it on the radio around Thanksgiving 1966, I couldn’t believe my ears.  It wasn’t rock and roll, it wasn’t  psycadelic, it wasn’t like anything I’d heard before – or since.  In 1967 I saw[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] The Beach Boys [/lastfm]perform the song live at the Tulsa Civic Assembly Center, and my jaw dropped again as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mike Love[/lastfm] played a theremin on stage.  I’d never seen one before.  At the time, it was the most expensive pop recording of all time at a cost of over $50 ,000 and sessions spread over several months in a host of different studios.  It was [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] first #1  hit, and their first to sell a million.  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brian Wilson [/lastfm]wrote the music, produced the record, and along with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mike Love [/lastfm]wrote the lyrics.  But according to Brian, he didn’t come up with the idea for Good Vibrations – and neither did any of the other [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beach Boys[/lastfm].  So who did?

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