3AM Eternal: The Beach Boys “Wendy” (1964)

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Brian wearing his vocal group influences on his sleeve on this early track; it’s not hard to hear the influence of Dion or The Four Freshmen. It’s not surprising, considering Brian’s love for those types of groups was no secret; check out our recent offering of “Pamela Jean” and “Run-Around Lover” as prime examples of him paying tribute to the style.  While you’re at it, you may notice that the peculiar stop-start of the intro sounds not unlike what Brian would attempt with “The Little Girl I Once Knew,” which bears distinctive similarities to “Wendy.” Also, if you’ve got good ears, you’ll discover that someone had a coughing spell whilst the tape was rolling.

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