The Byrds

It Won't Be Wrong

Composed by Harvey Gerst / Roger McGuinn

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Originally titled "Don't Be Long," "It Won't Be Wrong" went through several changes between this Preflyte version and the strident version that eventually appeared on Turn, Turn, Turn in late 1965. Either way, it's a great example of the band's overall exuberance, combining folk chord changes with a powerful rock & roll beat and rhythm. The band used a third version as a B-side (billed as the Beefeaters) for a late-1964 Elektra single, but this version (available on In the Beginning) captures the innocence and fury of the young musicians in a great, shining light.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Turn! Turn! Turn! 1965 Legacy / Columbia 1:58
The Byrds' Greatest Hits 1967 Columbia / Legacy 1:58
The Byrds 1973 Asylum 0:00
Original Singles, Vol. 1 (1965-1967) 1980 Columbia 1:58
In the Beginning 1988 Rhino 2:01
Collection [Castle] 1992 Castle Music Ltd.
Ultimate Byrds 1998 Legacy / Columbia 1:57
No Image 1999
Various Artists
The Essential Byrds 2003 Columbia / Legacy 1:59
Very Best of the Byrds [2006] 2006 Sony Music Distribution
The Broadcast Archive 2017 Broadcast Archive 2:19