53 years ago today (October 10th, 1966) the Beach Boys’ released one of their all-time greatest hits, “Good Vibrations.” The song would hit #1 on the charts two months later.
It wasn’t cheap to record, Brian Wilson would use 90 hours of tape and dozens of session musicians at several different Los Angeles recording studios to piece together the final version we know and love today. Because of that, the song cost between $75,000 and $100,000 to record. Which was an astonishing amount for 1966.
“Good Vibrations” was such an immediate hit that it reportedly sold 230,000 copies in the first four days of its release. Although it only topped the chart for a single week, “Good Vibrations” went on to become the group’s first million-selling single. “Good Vibrations” received a 1966 Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Group Performance, and in 1994 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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