In 1956, “Love Is Strange” was a Top 20 hit for little-known R&B duo Mickey Baker and Sylvia Vanderpool. The pair went on to cut a string of moderately successful singles, before parting ways in the early 1960s. Each achieved their share of solo success with Baker working as a session guitarist and Vanderpool establishing a solo career before founding her own record label. “Love Is Strange” was a go-to cover for a variety of artists throughout the 60s, with versions from Buddy Holly, Betty Everett & Jerry Butler, The Everly Brothers and more.
Yesterday, Hollywood, FL surf pop trio Beach Day released their take on the classic. Beach Day’s version of love is strange is drenched in reverb, adding to the Phil Spector Wall of Sound vibe that the band appears to be driving toward. The song falls in line nicely with Beach Day’s pair of 7″ releases on Kanine Records from earlier this year. Listen and download the track for free below.