The Beach Boys

Little Bird

Composed by Dennis Wilson / Steve Kalinich

Song Review by

The first released songwriting effort from Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson provided a wonderful (if somewhat underappreciated) surprise. Dennis' earthy ability to capture his love of the power of nature is the basis for this minor masterpiece, and along with talented collaborator Steve Kalinich, he was able to nail his emotions. Dennis (with and without Kalinich) went on to write several other excellent songs, all of which belied the large shadow that was cast by Brain Wilson (and to a lesser extent, Mike Love).

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Friends 1968 Capitol 1:57
Friends/20/20 1990 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 1:59
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys 1993 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 1:58
Capitol Years 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:00
Goodbye Surfing, Hello God! 2001 VigoTone 1:04
Made in California 2013 Capitol 1:59
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