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"Ten Little Indians" is a song recorded by American rock band the Beach Boys. It was first released in October 1962 as the third track on the Beach Boys' debut album,Surfin' Safari.



  • 1 Background
  • 2 Chart positions
  • 3 Personnel
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


"Ten Little Indians" was written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher and is based on the traditional children's rhyme Ten Little Indians. It was recorded by the Beach Boys atCapitol Studios on August 8, 1962. The instrumental break includes the initial theme in a different key.

Chart positions[edit][]

Released as a single in November 1962, "Ten little Indians" charted at number 49 on the Billboard chart. The song was mainly successful in America's Midwest, reaching the top 30 in Chicago, Dallas and Pittsburgh, reaching as high as number nine in Minneapolis (KDWB) in a New Year 1963 chart still dominated by "Surfin' Safari". It wasn't as successful in other regions of America but did reach number 21 on Atlantic City/Philadelphia's WIBG. When released in Sweden, it peaked at number six on the national chart.


  • Mike Love – lead, harmony and backing vocals
  • David Marks – harmony and backing vocals; guitar
  • Brian Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar
  • Carl Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; guitar
  • Dennis Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; drums