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Born on this day: March 25, 1942 - R&B vocal icon Aretha Franklin (born Aretha Louise Franklin in Memphis, TN). Happy 71st Birthday to The Queen of Soul! We ♥ you!
Born on this day: March 25, 1947 - Singer, songwriter, musician, and pop music icon Sir Elton John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, UK). Happy 66th Birthday, Sir Elton!
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 from June 13, 1962 - February 12, 1963. Issued as the follow up to their debut "Surfin' Surfari, it will see Brian Wilson becoming a considerable force creatively as he writes or co-writes eight of the albums' 12 songs. He will also be 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 will spin off two singles including "Shut Down" (#23 Pop) and the title track (#3 Pop). The title track will be 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 will claim that The Beach Boys song plagiarizes Berry's song almost note for note. The matter will be settled with Berry receiving a writing credit and royalties for the song. Surfin' USA will peak at number two on the Billboard Top 20, and is certified Gold in the US by RIAA.