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The Beach Boys’ Little Deuce Coupe album was released this day in 1963. Produced by Brian Wilson, the album reached #4 on the charts and featured “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Be True to Your School,” “409” and “Shut Down.”

Terrific production and arrangements by Brian. Last album for David Marks until the 50th anniversary “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” Also, last album in which Al Jardine appeared without a credit. I like the single version of “Be True To Your School” better. I’m surprised the 45 version wasn’t placed on “Shut Down, Vol. 2.”

When you think of ‘concept’ albums, some of the LP’s that first come to mind would be “Tommy” by The Who, “The Wall” by Pink Floyd and probably “Sgt. Peppers” by The Beatles. And you would be correct. 

On Oct. 7, 1963, one of the very first Rock and Roll ‘concept’ records was released. It was the LP “Little Deuce Coupe” by The Beach Boys. It was the bands 4th album and it was about cars.

Here is why some call it one of the first. In the summer of 1963, Capitol Records compiled a “hot rod” compilation album called Shut Down, including the Beach Boys‘ song of the same name and “409”—without their approval or involvement. Brian Wilson wasn’t happy about it so he promptly readied several songs he had already been working on (mainly with radio DJ Roger Christian) and the band quickly went through recording sessions to put “Little Deuce Coupe” on the record shop racks. Eight of the tracks were new, while “Little Deuce Coupe”, “Our Car Club”, “Shut Down” and “409” had all come out on one of their previous three albums.

Happy 52nd Birthday to the LP “Little Deuce Coupe”!!!!