TODAY IN POP MUSIC HISTORY, PART II — “GOD ONLY KNOWS” PAUL MCCARTNEY’S FAVORITE SONG
It only reached #38 on one chart and #39 on another. But it’s #1 on Paul McCartney’s list of favorite songs…
“God Only Knows” was recorded by the Beach Boys FIFTY ONE years ago Thursday(March 9, 1966). It was originally released as the B side of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” but was so good that it became the A side in some countries.
Moreover, the songs became part of the Beach Boys’ historic “Pet Sounds” album. The LP influenced the Beatles, which is saying something in itself. At least three publications have named “Pet Sounds” the greatest album ever. It generated four top 40 hits, the others being “Sloop John B” and “Caroline, No.” The latter was a solo Top 40 hit for Brian Wilson.
With over 50 hits, the Beach Boys ranked among the greatest family groups ever. By the mid-1970’s, they were the biggest selling American group with over 90 million records sold.
In the spring of 1983, U.S. Secretary of Interior James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the Washington Monument Grounds for July 4, 1983, saying the group attracted “the wrong element.” The backlash was so huge that on July 4, 1984, the Beach Boys performed before 750,000 in Washington D,.C. For an encore, on July 4, 1985, the Beach Boys would perform for a million people that afternoon in Philadelphia, then another 750,000 that night in Washington, D.C.
Oh, and they also brought the house down at the Farm Aid Concert in 1985…