The Nights Grow Cold

The Beach Boys ‘Summer’s Gone’ was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Joseph Thomas and Brian Wilson and this song was on their 2012 twenty-ninth studio album That’s Why God Made The Radio.  The album reached number 3 on the Billboard 200 and was their highest charting studio album of new material since 1965, placing them second all-time with longest span of top 10 albums at 49 years which their previous album Surfin’ USA hit the top ten on June 15, 1963.  They broke the record set by The Beatles who had Meet The Beatles in 1964 and One in 2011.  However, that record just relates to groups, and the longest top ten span goes to Frank Sinatra, being 52 years between Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! in 1956 and Nothing But The Best in 2008.  In 2005, The Beach Boys were listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest amount of time, 22 years, between #1 songs, ‘Good Vibrations’ in 1966 and ‘Kokomo’ in 1988.

According to record producer Joe Thomas, Brian Wilson inquired about some demo tapes that were recorded during the sessions for his 1998 solo album Imagination thinking that there may be some forgotten songs that were overlooked. Brian said that he had some ideas for new Beach Boys songs, and wondered if there were recordings existing that flew under the radar that he did not put on any of his solo records.  Joe Thomas had more than a few, so they met with Mike Love who agreed to collaborate on a new album.  Wilson’s brothers, both original members of the group, were dead, drummer-singer Dennis drowned in 1983 and singer-guitarist Carl succumbed to cancer in 1998.  In the late 2000s, reports began to circulate that the surviving members of the Beach Boys would reunite for a 50th Anniversary tour and album and on December 16, 2011 it was announced that Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks would reunite for another tour.

In 2005, Jon Bon Jovi wrote the song ‘Last Cigarette’ where he sings, “You always lose the girl in a Brian Wilson world”, so I guess that they knew each other.  Joseph Thomas and Brian Wilson wrote one verse to ‘Summer’s Gone’ and they were stuck on that song for 10 years, then Jon Bon Jovi came by the studio one day and he called it Brian’s ‘My Way’, a reference to the Frank Sinatra classic.  Thomas said, “Jon collaborated with us a little on it, changing the melody in a couple of spots.  He wrote some really nice verses that kind of tied it all in together.  We definitely appreciated the contribution because it took it from one great verse to one great song.”   Brian loves Frank Sinatra and it took a guy like a Jon Bon Jovi to come in to give Brian a new thought on how to approach it.

Summer’s gone
Summer’s gone away
Gone away
With yesterday
Old friends have gone
They’ve gone their separate ways
Our dreams hold on
For those who still have more to say
Summer’s gone
Gone like yesterday
The nights grow cold
It’s time to go
I’m thinking maybe I’ll just stay
Another summer gone
Summer’s gone
It’s finally sinking in
One day begins
Another ends
I live them all and back again
Summer’s gone
I’m gonna sit and watch the waves
We laugh, we cry
We live then die
And dream about our yesterday

Written for Love Is In Da Blog where Bee asks us to find a song about love in autumn.

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