The Beach Boys “Surfin'U.S.A.” (1963) written by Brian Wilson (Mike Love uncredited) and Chuck Berry. Wait, Chuck wasn’t in the Beach Boys! Seems the writer(s) of the song followed the tune “Sweet Little Sixteen”, as I understand the story Chuck heard the song Surfin’ USA, and immediately recognized his song. Long story short Chuck got added to the songs credits, no doubt lawyers and record exec's got involved, money changed hands, royalties paid and everyone is happy! It's an upbeat song about the cool surfing crowd in the 1960’s, with a nod in the song to an Australian beach as well. I know I’m not the only one to question Brian Wilson...while quite proper to acknowledge the amazing surfing in Australia, but why then call the song “Surfin’ U.S.A.”? Should be 'Surfin mostly in the U.S.A'! Nevertheless a great song!
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