"Under the Boardwalk" is a hit [[pop music|pop]] song written by [[Kenny Young]] and Arthur Resnick and recorded by [[The Drifters]] in 1964.
== Premise ==
The lyric describes a between a man and his beloved in a seaside town, who plan to privately meet "out of the sun" and out of sight from everyone else under a [[boardwalk]]. The instrumentation includes [[güiro]], [[Triangle (instrument)|]] and [[violin]]s. The song's chorus is unusual in that it switches from a major to minor key.ref The opening line of the song references the Drifters' prior hit "[[Up on the Roof (song)|]]", showing the occasional thermal weakness of the rooftop getaway and setting the stage for an alternate meeting location, under the boardwalk.
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The song has been translated to [[Spanish language|Spanish]] and interpreted by the pioneer [[Argentine rock]] group [[Los Gatos Salvajes]] under the title of "Bajo la rambla", in their 1965 debut [[LP album|LP]] "Los Gatos Salvajes". It was also covered by the Argentine band "Los perros" in their 1992 album "Perfume y dolor". In Mexico it was also covered by "Los Apson Boys" in 1966, with the name of "Fue en un café".
A cover of this song by [[The Rolling Stones]] (whose 1964 version was released as a single only in Australia and peaked at #1) appeared on their albums [[12 X 5]] and [[The Rolling Stones No. 2]]. In 2007, it was included in the album [[Rhythms del Mundo Classics]].
In August 2007, soul singer [[Guy Sebastian]] recorded a tribute version of "Under the Boardwalk" at [[Ardent Studios]] in [[Memphis, Tennessee|]], Tennessee for his album of soul classics [[The Memphis Album]] with many of the original [[Stax Records|Stax]] music band members including [[Steve Cropper]], [[Duck Dunn|Donald Duck Dunn]], Lester Snell, .
Max from the Tweenies sang it in one episode.
=== Alternate versions ===
A [[cajun]]-tinged [[swamp pop]] parody of the song, "(Holly Beach) Under the Boardwalk" by Kenny Tibbs (Kenny Thibodeaux) and the Jokers was released in 1991 and was a perennial Louisiana jukebox favorite until [[Hurricane Rita]] virtually wiped out the small seaside resort of [[Holly Beach, Louisiana]] in 2005.