“Disney Girls (1957)” (Beach Boys Cover)

By Jim Fusco:

Welcome to the Laptop Sessions on your Friday night!  It’s another late night for us here, as we’ve just completed a grand game of Trivial Pursuit Genus III, which I won, of course.  But, just barely.  I’d love to have them play with my father, “The Old Quizzmaster”, as he’d probably beat us in one turn.

Tonight’s song is from The Beach Boys, whom I haven’t done a song from in quite some time.  Actually, tonight, I’ll be doing a song written by Bruce Johnston.  It’s clearly the best song he’s ever written: “Disney Girls (1957)”.  Yes, he did write “I Write The Songs” (one of the most famous songs of all time, sung by Barry Manilow), but I think this really is his best song.

I’ve always identified with this tune from the great “Surf’s Up” album.  I’ve always wished for “better” or more pure times.  I’ve always loved older music and even the vision of Christmastime in the 50s.  Of course, now those values instantly are associated with political leanings, as Bruce has been vocal in the recent past about his political views.  I never really made the connection between “the good old days” and the politics of those days.  Personally, I believe that things were “simpler” back then only because that’s the way our memories work.  Things probably weren’t as rosy as they seemed.  But when you’re a kid, you don’t have to worry about money, taxes, property, family, etc.  You just get to have a good time and experience life.

Anyway, I think I gave the video my best Bruce tenor, and I think it’ll stand as one of my more ambitious videos.  I hope you enjoy my video tonight and I promise I’ll make up for this extremely short post next time!  Stay tuned for more Beach Boys cover songs coming at you right here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!

This is one in a series of acoustic cover songs, original music, and free mp3 downloads here on the Laptop Sessions Music Video Blog.

9 thoughts on ““Disney Girls (1957)” (Beach Boys Cover)

  1. Hi Jim!
    First of all I’m saying that I love the version, you sing very well!
    I found your magnificent videos while looking for the chords of this song, but I do not know why it is very difficult to find them. I’m trying to get them out of the video but I have some difficulty. Could you put them next to the video? or tell me where I can find them (if you know).
    Thanks anyway.
    I love the song selection you have, great site!

  2. Albert,

    So nice to hear from you and thank you very much for your comment about the site and my cover songs! We want you to know that you’re welcome to comment anytime and that we hope you’ll come back often.

    Now, onto your request. I’ve posted the chords to “Disney Girls” for you under my “Ask the Musician” series. Here’s the link: Disney Girls Chords

    Thanks again for commenting and let me know if you have any questions,


  3. Thank you very much Jim!
    For the chords and especially for all these great videos and all the work involved. For those who like to play and are always with some song or another is great to find a site like yours.
    Now it’s time for me to work with the chords, actually i play the bass!
    Thank you!


  4. WOW JIM! great choice of simple sounding guitar with this song, and well sung. will add this my favourites for sure, one of my all time best songs and well sung mate!

  5. Thank you very much, Lyle! It’s great to get a comment on this song- there’s not too many people that really know it anymore. I hope you’ll be coming back on a regular basis- we’d love to hear from you!


  6. Great song!
    Thx for the chords man. Good job.
    Beach Boys…………achhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Love and greatings from Holland.

  7. I’ve just watched you sing and play, Bruce Johnston’s fabulous, ‘Disney Girls’ on guitar. This is a song which grabs me emotionally every single time I hear it. What a wonderful job you did of a song which vividly draws on memories of youth, warm days and simpler happy times. The fact that you supplied the chords is also terrific and I thank you for that. You have a really good voice and got a difficult song across really well.

  8. Hi Tom- thanks so much for watching the video and writing me this nice comment. I’m glad you found us! I’ve been a huge Beach Boys fan and enjoy all of their songs- not just the Brian Wilson songs that made them famous. It’s always great to find another person who appreciates the other members’ work. I hope you’ll continue to click around the site (I’ve done a ton of Beach Boys songs) and will consider listening to some of my original songs, as well. Thanks again! ~Jim

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