Trombone Dixie

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"Trombone Dixie"
Instrumental by The Beach Boys
from the album Pet Sounds (1990 reissue)
Released1990 (1990)
RecordedNovember 1965 (1965-11)
Composer(s)Brian Wilson
Producer(s)Brian Wilson

"Trombone Dixie" is an instrumental composed by Brian Wilson for the Beach Boys. Recorded in November 1965, it was left off the group's impending album Pet Sounds (1966), and would not be released until 1990 as a bonus track for the CD reissue of the album.[1] Excerpts from the instrumental's recording session were then included for The Pet Sounds Sessions (1997).

According to Brian, "I was just foolin' around one day, fuckin' around with the musicians, and I took that arrangement out of my briefcase and we did it in 20 minutes. It was nothing, there was really nothing in it."[2] The piece reprises a riff from Wilson's "The Little Girl I Once Knew" (1965), and a portion of the intro would later be recycled for his "Had to Phone Ya" (1976).[3]


Per Alan Boyd and Craig Slowinski.[4]

  • Hal Blaine – drums
  • Chuck Britz – engineer
  • Roy Caton – trumpet
  • Jerry Cole – guitar
  • Steve Douglas – alto saxophone
  • James Henderson – trombone:
  • Carol Kaye – electric bass
  • Barney Kessel – guitar
  • Jay Migliori – bass saxophone
  • Lew McCreary – bass trombone
  • Don Randi – tack piano
  • Lyle Ritz – string bass
  • Billy Strange – guitar
  • Ron Swallow – tambourine
  • Julius Wechter – Latin percussion, vibraphone
  • Jerry Williams – timpani

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Badman, Keith (2004). The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band, on Stage and in the Studio. Backbeat Books. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-87930-818-6.
  2. ^ Benci, Jacopo (January 1995). "Brian Wilson interview". Record Collector. UK (185).
  3. ^ Doe, Andrew; Tobler, John (2009). "The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds – May 1966". In Charlesworth, Chris (ed.). 25 Albums that Rocked the World. Omnibus Press. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-85712-044-1.
  4. ^ "Pet Sounds Musicians". Pet Sounds (CD Liner). The Beach Boys. Capitol Records. 2016.CS1 maint: others (link)