The Beach Boys Cover Database

An attempt to collect together all the covers of Beach Boys songs in one place.


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The Rip Chords

One of the biggiest 60s hot-rod group. The original duo were joined by Bruce Johnston (future Beach Boy) and Terry Melcher (future Beach Boys writer and producer). The Wrecking Crew (who would later play on The Beach Boys albums) backed them up. Their big hit was "Hey Little Cobra". For a full history, see this website.

A version of the band reformed in the 90s, consisting of two 60s touring members and others. See their entries here.

Also see: Bruce Johnston, The Beach Boys, The Hot Doggers, The Rip Chords, The Catalinas, Bruce & Terry and California Music.


Song Album Year Listen Notes
"409"Hey Little Cobra And Other Hot Rod Hits1964Youtube, SpotifyProduced by Terry Melcher, co-produced by Bruce Johnston.
"Little Deuce Coupe"Hey Little Cobra And Other Hot Rod Hits1964Youtube, SpotifyTerry Melcher on lead vocals. The Rip Chords were one of Bruce Johnston's pre-Beach Boy bands.
"Shut Down"Hey Little Cobra And Other Hot Rod Hits1964Youtube, SpotifyRather straight-forward cover, features a pre-Beach Boys Bruce Johnston.