Caroline, No (Brian Wilson/The Beach Boys)

21 JUNE 1966

Brian Wilson released his first solo single in March 1966. 'Caroline, No' reached #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and later appeared as the last track on the Beach Boys' album 'Pet Sounds'.

As usual he employed the Wrecking Crew as studio musicians, and brought in instruments such as harpsichord, ukulele and vibraphone. The occasional echoey percussion sounds were created with an upside-down water bottle. This simple technique adds to the overall effect of a slow, dreamy song about the loss of youthful innocence. None of the other Beach Boys appeared on this recording.

Recorded: 31 January 1966, United Western Recorders, Hollywood
Released: 7 March 1966
Highest chart position: #32 (US)
Length: 2:52
Label: Capitol
Writers: Brian Wilson, Tony Asher
Producer: Brian Wilson

Caroline, No (The Beach Boys)