Song Of The Day 6/20/2016: Gary Usher – “Sacramento”
First up is Gary Usher, one of the first people to collaborate with Wilson who wasn't a Wilson. The two of them composed the Beach Boys' hands-down beautiful "In My Room," which in and of itself guarantees Usher a box seat in the gallery of unceasing teen angst up there in the rafters. Usher was more known for his hot-rod songs -- he also co-wrote "409," and a whole slew of other oil-stained tracks. One of my favorites is the quirky "Let's Go to Heaven In My Car," which Wilson recorded for his classic 1986 self-titled album (but did not put on the final lineup). Wilson and Usher also co-wrote today's song bearing the name of my hometown, sometime around 1962, all about a lonesome guy ditching the cold-hearted ethos of the East and taking a train to the California state capitol. "All I know (was) that the end of the line was Sacramento." Heh. You don't know the half of it sunshine.