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Fact #97005


Short story:

The Beach Boys are recording Fun, Fun, Fun and The Warmth Of The Sun in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The song is inspired by Salt Lake City teenager Shirley Johnson England, daughter of KNAK radio station owner Howard Johnson, who took her father's Ford Thunderbird and naughtily cruised State Street.

Full article:

Mike Love (Beach Boys) : We were in a cab going from The Holiday Inn in Salt Lake City to the airport. I got an idea to do a song about a girl who borrows the car from her father and instead of going to the library, like she tells him, goes cruisin' to see and be seen by all the boys. Her father finds out she didn't go to the library; she went to the hamburger stand. Yet when he takes the car keys away, the guy says, 'Well, that's OK, because now we'll have Fun, Fun, Fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away.'

Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) : Fun, Fun, Fun was written in Australia. We all got excited about the lyrics. The background voices were sophisticated. The instrumental track was a drivin' guitar and piano and bass and drum rhythms. I laid a little heavy on the guitar sound because the guitar was the most popular instrument in those days.

Chuck Britz (engineer) : Fun, Fun, Fun was in the earlier days, when we were doing just the group basically, we did more than one take, but we never really did a lot of takes