In 1971, Bruce began to notice, more and more, that the young teenagers attending the Boys’ concerts were spending more time doing drugs than listening to the music. It made him sad to see such young kids doing this “mostly likely thinking we thought it was cool,” he said, and he found himself longing for the simpler, more innocent days of his teenage years. When The Beach Boys returned home from their spring tour, Bruce wrote a beautiful nostalgic tune called “Disney Girls (1957).”
Bruce played upright piano, Moog synthesizer, and mandolin on the song, in addition to producing it. In the book “Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys: The Songs That Tell Their Story,” Bruce says, “Brian was great. He got it vocally. He also got the chord changes. There’s the bridge, which is really difficult to sing. It’s very Four Freshmen and he was into it...The background vocals took about three hours to record one evening, with breaks to go to Brian’s kitchen and raid his huge Traulsen refrigerator. We’d get food, mess around and then get back to recording.”
The result of the guys’ teamwork (and snacking😂) in Brian’s home studio is quite the classic tune, which has been covered by many artists and is still performed by Bruce at Beach Boys concerts.
We LOVE this picture of Bruce in the studio in 1971, which appears in the book “The Beach Boys Silver Anniversary.” 😍🔥
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