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Then I kissed Her

While the melody of “Then I Kissed Her” might sound like quintessential Beach Boys, the song’s origins lie outside the California surf rock scene. Originally titled “Then He Kissed Me,” it was written by songwriting trio Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, and Jeff Barry. The Crystals released their version in 1963, a huge hit that spoke from a young woman’s perspective about the thrill of a first kiss.

The Beach Boys, specifically Brian Wilson, were big fans of girl groups like The Crystals. For their 1965 album “Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!),” they decided to cover “Then He Kissed Me,” but with a twist. Brian changed the title and lyrics to reflect a male point of view. Sung by Al Jardine with a youthful charm, the Beach Boys’ version captured the nervous excitement of a young man building up the courage to kiss a girl for the first time.

The Beach Boys’ version wasn’t just a lyrical switcheroo. Brian Wilson’s production added a signature Beach Boys touch. The jangly guitars and close harmonies created a warm, sun-drenched soundscape, perfectly capturing the carefree spirit of summer. “Then I Kissed Her” became a hit in its own right, reaching number four in the UK and solidifying the Beach Boys’ place as America’s band for the good times.

So, as the opening chords of “Then I Kissed Her” begin, put yourself on a California beach with the surf crashing in the background. This song isn’t just about a kiss; it’s about the exhilarating mix of emotions – shyness, anticipation, and pure joy – that come with young love under the summer sun.






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