Annotation

Brian Wilson allegedly admitted he copied the music from Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" in this song. As the result of legal action, Chuck Berry and Arc Music now hold all copyrights to the song (as such Brian Wilson's name does not appear in BMI's database on the song).

Annotation last modified on 2014-06-22 22:14 .

Relationships

composer: Chuck Berry
lyricist: Brian Wilson (Beach Boys co-founder)
publisher: Arc Music Corp. (U.S. rock & blues publisher)
Isalee Music Publishing Company
Jewel Music Publishing Co. Ltd. (publisher; do NOT use as release label)
SecondHandSongs: http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/1432 [info]
Songfacts: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1244 [info]
Wikidata: Q1089109 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beach_Boys:Surfin'_USA [info]
is based on: Sweet Little Sixteen
later parody versions: Search And You'll Get Saved
later translated versions: サーフィンU.S.A.
サーフィン・U.S.A.
referred to in medleys: Beach Boys Medley

Recordings

Date Title Attributes Artist Length
performance
1963 Surfin’ U.S.A. (demo version) The Beach Boys 1:49
1963 Surfin’ USA The Beach Boys 2:30
1964-08-01 Surfin' USA live The Beach Boys 2:16
1964-08-01 Surfin' USA live The Beach Boys 2:18
1964 Concert Intro / Surfin’ U.S.A. (live 1964) live The Beach Boys 3:15
1964 Surfin' USA (live BBC / 1964) live The Beach Boys 2:25
1964 Surfin’ U.S.A. (live on the T.A.M.I. show, 1964) live The Beach Boys 2:34
1965-03-26 Surfin' U.S.A. (live at Arie Crown Theater, Chicago/March 26, 1965) The Beach Boys 2:34
1965-03-27 Surfin' U.S.A. (live at Arie Crown Theater, Chicago/March 27, 1965) live The Beach Boys 2:16
1966-10-22 Medley: Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coup / Surfin' USA (live at the University of Michigan/1966/show 1) live and medley The Beach Boys 3:51
1966-10-22 Medley: Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coup / Surfin' USA (live at the University of Michigan/1966/show 2) live and medley The Beach Boys 3:49
1966-10-22 Medley: Surfin' Safari / Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coupe / Surfin' U.S.A. (live, 1966) live and medley The Beach Boys 3:31
1966-10-22 Surfin' Safari / Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coupe / Surfin' USA (1966-10-22: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA - alternative source) live and medley The Beach Boys 3:32
1966-10-22 Surfin' Safari / Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coupe / Surfin' USA (live: 1966-10-22: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA) live and medley The Beach Boys 3:10
1973-08-31 Surfin’ USA The Beach Boys 2:49
1974-06-14 Surfin' U.S.A. live The Beach Boys feat. Elton John & Paul Simon 2:50
1980-06-21 Surfin' USA The Beach Boys 2:54
1980-06-21 Surfin’ USA (from 'Live at Knebworth' live album) live The Beach Boys 2:55
1980-06-21 Surfin’ USA live The Beach Boys ?:??
1985-07-13 Surfin’ USA (live, 1985-07-13: Live Aid 1985) live The Beach Boys ?:??
1998-11-06 Surfin' USA (live, 1998-11-06: Rome, Italy) cover and live Blind Guardian 2:39
1999-07-26 Surfin' USA cover and live Melt‐Banana ?:??
2012 Surfin' U.S.A. (from 'Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour' live album) live The Beach Boys 3:00
Beach Boys Medley medley The Beach Boys 6:49
Beach Boys Medley cover, instrumental and medley Florida State University Marching Chiefs 2:10
Ich geh' heut' surfen (live) cover and live Mike Krüger 1:46
Medley medley The Beach Boys 4:13
Surfin U.S.A. The Beach Boys 2:32
Surfin U.S.A. live The Beach Boys 2:28
Surfin USA The Beach Boys 2:29
Surfin' U.S.A The Beach Boys ?:??
Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys 2:26
Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys 2:20
Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys 2:20
Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys 2:28
Surfin' U.S.A. cover M.O.D. 2:33
SURFIN' U.S.A. cover FLOW 3:26
Surfin' U.S.A. (rehearsal) The Beach Boys 2:29
Surfin' Usa (from 'Live Hits Collection') live The Beach Boys 2:29
Surfin' USA cover William Hung 2:19
Surfin' USA The Beach Boys ?:??
Surfin' USA The Beach Boys 2:55
Surfin' USA The Beach Boys 10:05
Surfin' USA The Beach Boys ?:??
Surfin' USA The Beach Boys ?:??
Surfin' USA cover Pennywise 4:46
Surfin' USA cover and live Melt‐Banana 2:34
Surfin' USA cover Papa Doo Run Run 2:30
Surfin' USA cover Pennywise 1:53
Surfin' USA cover French Frith Kaiser Thompson 2:19
Surfin' USA cover Aaron Carter 2:46
Surfin' USA cover Pennywise 1:44
Surfin' USA cover Rämouns 2:09
Surfin' USA cover Blind Guardian 2:27
Surfin' USA cover and instrumental Gary Hoey 2:48
Surfin' USA The Beach Boys 2:25
Surfin' USA The Beach Boys 2:22
Surfin' USA (backing track) instrumental The Beach Boys 2:35
Surfin' USA (demo) The Beach Boys 2:04
Surfin’ U.S.A. Chuck Berry 1:30
Surfin’ U.S.A. The Beach Boys ?:??
Surfin’ U.S.A. The Beach Boys 2:29
Surfin’ U.S.A. (mono) The Beach Boys 2:30
Surfin’ U.S.A. (mono studio single mix) The Beach Boys 2:30
Surfin’ U.S.A. The Beach Boys 2:28
Surfin’ U.S.A. cover and instrumental Pickin' On Project 2:16
Surfin’ U.S.A. cover Fred Mollin and the Blue Sea Band 2:21
Surfin’ USA cover Leif Garrett 2:23
Surfin’ USA The Beach Boys 2:29
Surfin’ USA cover The Gentlemen of St John’s 2:06
Surfin’ USA (part of “Grandmaster Party” dj-mix) The Beach Boys 0:44
Surfin’ USA The Beach Boys 2:27
Surfin’ USA cover The Jesus and Mary Chain 2:58
Surfin’ USA The Beach Boys 2:28
Surfin’ USA The Beach Boys 2:21
Surfin’ USA (April outtake) cover The Jesus and Mary Chain 2:58
Surfin’ USA (Summer mix) cover The Jesus and Mary Chain 3:30
The Beach Boys Medley (Uptempo - long version) medley The Beach Boys 6:48