On this day: The Beach Boys released 'Surfer Girl'

live 03/08/2018

On this day in 1963, Brian Wilson wrote the song "Surfer Girl", the first track to officially credit him as the producer. It was also the very first song Wilson composed.

Inspired by Judy Bowles, Wilson's first serious girlfriend who he had been together for three and a half years at that time, he explained, "Back in 1961, I'd never written a song in my life. I was nineteen years old."

"I put myself to the test in my car one day. I was actually driving to a hot dog stand, and I actually created a melody in my head without being able to hear it on a piano. I sang it to myself; I didn't even sing it out loud in the car. When I got home that day, I finished the song, wrote the bridge, put the harmonies together and called it 'Surfer Girl'," he continued.

Relive the night The Beach Boys performed Surfer Girl in 1980 from their concert film Good Timin': Live at Knebworth England 1980 in the full video above.