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09/03/1966 The Beach Boys start recording "God Only Knows"

God Only Knows is a song written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher for the Beach Boys. The song is included on the band's album Pet Sounds. It was ranked 25th in the Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Paul McCartney has called the song his favorite song of all time.


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