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REAR VIEW MIRROR:
Every week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. This week, The Beach Boys with "Never Learn Not To Love."
Sometime in 1968, Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys met an aspiring young musician named Charlie. The Beach Boys were already giants in the world of pop music, and Wilson decided he would help Charlie get a leg up in the music industry by offering to record one of his songs. Charlie was thrilled but gave Wilson a chilling warning - he said that if his song was altered he'd kill him.
Click "play" to hear Rich explain how a song almost got the Beach Boys murdered
The song was soon recorded at the home of Dennis Wilson's brother, Brian. The recording was mostly faithful to Charlie's version, but a few tweaks to the lyrics were made. And when the song was released in December of 1968, Dennis Wilson was listed in the credits as the sole songwriter.
One day, not long after the song was released, Charlie showed up at Dennis Wilson's house and he was not in a good mood. He reminded Wilson about the warning he had given him and let Wilson know he was disappointed he wasn't credited as a writer. But he wasn't there to talk - he tried to kill Dennis Wilson! Well, Dennis was a big guy and in great shape. He beat Charlie up. The two later made amends when Dennis offered Charlie a few commemorative gold records for his contribution to the Beach Boys album, 20/20.
But less than a year later, Wilson's blood ran cold when his friend appeared on the cover of every newspaper in the world - Charlie had been arrested in connection to one of the most notorious crimes in American history. Dennis Wilson's friend - the man he tried to help make it as a musician, who's song he recorded, who he once beat up after having his life threatened - was none other than Charles Manson.
Here's the song by the Beach Boys that was written by Charles Manson, one of the most notorious serial killers in history:
Here are some other great editions of Rear-view Mirror:
Johnny Cash/Ring of Fire
The Kinks/You Really Got Me
Al Green/Let's Stay Together
Simon and Garfunkel/The Boxer
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles/Tracks of my Tears
Elvis Presley/Heartbreak Hotel
Bruce Cockburn/Lovers In A Dangerous Time
The Doors - Light My Fire
Bob Dylan & Jimi Hendrix/All Along The Watchtower
The Clash/London Calling
Phil Spector and the Ronnettes/Be My Baby
Os Mutantes/Ando Meio Desligado
The Diamonds/Little Darlin
Captain Beefheart/Yellow Brick Road
Elton John/Bennie and the Jets
Hank Williams/Long Gone Lonesome Blues
R.E.M./What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Tom Waits/Jockey Full of Bourbon
Neil Diamond/Sweet Caroline
The Who/Pinball Wizard
Buffalo Springfield/For What It's Worth
Five Man Electrical Band/Signs
Band Aid/Do They Know It's Christmas
The Ugly Ducklings/Nothin
Bob Dylan/Tangled Up In Blue
The Beatles/Norwegian Wood
The Pursuit of Happiness/I'm An Adult Now
Bruce Springsteen/Born To Run
Arcade Fire/Wake Up
Big Joe Turner/Shake Rattle and Roll
Martha and the Muffins/Echo Beach
Wilson Pickett/In The Midnight Hour
The Band/The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Fleetwood Mac/Go Your Own Way
The Animals/House of the Rising Sun
Ian and Sylvia/Four Strong Winds
James Brown/Please Please Please
John Cougar Mellencamp, 'Pink Houses'
The Ramones/I Wanna Be Sedated
The Guess Who/American Woman
U2/I Still Have't Found What I'm Looking For
Janis Joplin/Me and Bobby McGee
Gordon Lightfoot "If You Could Read My Mind"
The Byrds "Eight Miles High"
Simon and Garfunkel "The Sound of Silence"
Bill Haley and his Comets "Rock Around The Clock"
The Velvet Underground "I'm Waiting For The Man"
Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues"
Bobby Fuller "I Fought The Law"
Big Star "September Gurls"
The Hollies "Bus Stop"
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Booker T and the MGs "Green Onions"
Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe"
Neil Young "Rockin' in the Free World"
Dolly Parton "Jolene"
The Left Banke "Walk Away Renee"
Lou Reed "Walk On The Wild Side"
James Taylor "Fire And Rain"
The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing"
Radiohead "Paranoid Android"
M.I.A. "Paper Planes"
The Animals "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"
Dusty Springfield "Son of a Preacher Man"
Screamin' Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell On You"
Cheap Trick "Surrender"
Mott The Hoople "All the Young Dudes"
Beach Boys "Sloop John B"
Amy Winehouse "Rehab"
New York Dolls "Personality Crisis"
Modern Lovers "Roadrunner"
George Jones "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA"
The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends"
Rolling Stones 'Miss You'
The Coasters 'Run Red Run'
Elvis Costello, 'Alison'
James Brown, 'Hot (I Need to be loved loved loved)'
Inner Circle, 'Tenement Yard'
Ray Charles, 'I Don't Need No Doctor'
Curtis Mayfield, 'Freddy's Dead'
Gang Starr, 'Beyond Comprehension'
Bo Diddley, 'Bo Diddley'
Aretha Franklin, 'Rocksteady'
CCR, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain'
Howlin' Wolf, 'Smokestack Lightning'
Bobby Womack, 'Across 110th Street'
Roy Orbison, 'In Dreams'
Foggy Hogtown Boys, 'Man of Constant Sorrow'
Pink Floyd, 'Wish You Were Here'
Neil Young, 'Cortez The Killer'
Bob Dylan, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'
Little Eva, 'Loco-Motion'
Elvis Costello, 'Watching the Detectives'
Jimmy Cliff, 'The Harder They Come'
The Verve, 'Bittersweet Symphony'
Roberta Flack, 'Killing Me Softly with his Song'
R.E.M., 'Radio Free Europe'
Radiohead, 'No Surprises'
Led Zeppelin, 'Ramble On'
Rolling Stones, 'Beast of Burden'
Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'