Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"409" by The Beach Boys.

OK, back to the 60's: Gary Usher and the Wilson brothers were driving from Hawthorne to L.A. in '62 looking for a part for his Chevy when the idea came to him to write a song about a bad-a** engine. The "muse" was a Chevy W-series V8 nicknamed "Turbo-Fire" with a single Carter 4-barrel carburetor delivering 360 hp. and featured on the Bel-Air Sport Coupe. They recorded it shortly thereafter during their 3rd session as a group - this was 14 year-old David Marks' first recording with The Beach Boys. Lead vocals by Mike Love. The engine noise was from Usher's Chevy 348 (the song title's predecessor) taped on Brian's Wollensak reel-to-reel in front of the Wilson home, prompting the neighbors to call the police. It peaked at #76 on Billboard.

Yesterday's answer: "C'est Si Bon" ("It's So Good"). Hard to think of "C'est Si Bon" ("It's So Good) and/or "La Vie En Rose" without thinking of Paris, oui, oui!

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