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Thursday, July 21, 2011

"New York's a Lonely Town"

"...when you're the only surfer boy around." 

For 46 years I had assumed this 1965 song was by the Beach Boys:

But it's not. I just found out today it was by a group called the Tradewinds, from Providence, Rhode Island.

The music sounds as beautiful as something Brian Wilson might have composed, and the lyrics are certainly in keeping with Beach Boys themes of the era. But the Tradewinds probably never even stepped onto a surfboard.

 Then again, neither did the Beach Boys.


Anonymous said...

Dennis was the surfer in the group.

John Craig said...

Anonymous --
Thank you, you're right, I had forgotten about that.