3AM Eternal: Bruce Johnston “I Write The Songs” (1977)

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Though this song was a smash hit in 1975 for Barry Manilow, it earned Bruce a Grammy award. It should also be noted that the song was written as a tribute to Brian, in part to encourage him during his tumultuous dark decade. Bruce’s version appeared on his 1977 solo album Going Publicand is especially poignant, considering the relationship between Bruce and Brian. Bruce had quit the Beach Boys in 1972 out of disgust for the dysfunctional scene and the seeming enablement of Brian’s drug problem. He would, however, return a year after this album was released, and has been a member ever since.

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