On this day in music history: March 25, 1963 - “Surfin’ USA”, the second album by The Beach Boys is released. Produced by Nick Venet, it is recorded at the Capitol Tower and Western Recorders in Hollywood, CA from June 13, 1962, January 5 - February 12, 1963. Issued as the follow up to their debut “Surfin’ Surfari”, it demonstrates Brian Wilson becoming a considerable force creatively as he writes or co-writes eight of the albums twelve songs. He is also responsible for most of the actual production on the album, though the credit is given to the band’s A&R man Nick Venet. It spin off two singles including “Shut Down” (#23 Pop) and the title track (#3 Pop). The title track is the subject of a lawsuit between Brian Wilson’s publisher Sea Of Tunes and Arc Music, the publisher of Chuck Berry’s song “Sweet Little Sixteen”. The suit claims that The Beach Boys song plagiarizes Berry’s song almost note for note. The matter is settled with Berry receiving a writing credit and royalties for the song. “Surfin’ USA” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by RIAA.
1964 Fender advert that features a Fender Jaguar guitar and a Jazz bass aimed at the popular Surf Music scene which originated from Southern California in the early 1960s. To get the Surf guitar sound guitarists tended to use guitars with single coil pickups combined with a lot of spring reverb.