The Beach Boys
Don’t Worry Baby
Release Date: May 11th, 1964
Words by: Roland Ellis
February 28th, 2015
Brian Wilson apparently penned this track after having heard The Ronnettes hit "Be My Baby" (written by Phil Spector) on the radio and wondering whether he could write a song like it.
According to Philip Lambert, author of Inside the Music of Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys songwriter perhaps went too far in trying to craft something similar to the Spector classic: "They're in the same key – E major – and they start the same. The phrase structure is the same, the chord progressions are almost the same, the melodies are almost the same."
But although there might be some plagiarism issues at play here, the melody remains undeniably brilliant.