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Beach Boys Release New LP: “Little Deuce Coupe”

Oct. 7, 1963 - On sale today is The Beach Boys’ fourth long-playing record, “Little Deuce Coupe.” It follows by just three weeks the release of the rock group’s third LP, “Surfer Girl.” Four of the tracks from “Little Deuce Coupe” (“409,” “Shut Down,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” and “Our Car Club”) have already appeared on previous albums. The Beach Boys’ lineup consists of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. A Deuce Coupe is a 1932 Ford Coupe (“deuce” being for the year). This is considered by many to be the definitive “hot rod.” The Model B had four cylinders and the Model 18 featured the Ford flathead V8 engine when the car was introduced. A pink slip (mentioned in the lyrics to the title song) is the title to the car, named for the color of the paper used in California. The picture featured on the front cover of the album was supplied by “Hot Rod” magazine. It features the body (with his head cropped in the photo) of hot-rod owner Clarence ‘Chili’ Catallo and his own customized three-window 1932 Ford Coupe – known to hot rod enthusiasts as “the lil’ deuce coupe.”


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