Sloop John B The Beach Boys
Song Title: Sloop John B
Artist: The Beach Boys
Date of release: 21st of March 1966
Description: ” Sloop John B ” is by The Beach Boys, the American rock band. Formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961, the original lineup was made up of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and their friend Al Jardine.
Sales of records by the band are in excess of 100 Million Worldwide, which gives them entry into the club of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine listed The Beach Boys at number 12 on their ” 100 Greatest Artists of All Time ” chart.
” Sloop John B ” ( also known as ” The John B. Sails ” ) is a traditional folk song from the Bahamas. The first appearance of the song in popular music culture was the inclusion in 1927 as part of The American Songbag, an anthology of American folksongs which was compiled by the poet Carl Sandburg. However it’s the version by The Beach Boys which has become the most popular.
This version was produced and arranged by Brian Wilson, the band’s lead vocalist. The song was released on the 21st of March 1966 by record label Capitol Records ( Universal Music Group ) and was taken as the lead single from the band’s eleventh Album, Pet Sounds.
The Album, released on the 16th of May 1966 was at first met with a lukewarm response in their native US. It peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 Chart, which was a lot lower than their other work previously.
Pet Sounds was more of a success in the United Kingdom, loved by the British music press, the Album reached number 2 on the UK Albums Chart, staying in the top ten for 6 months. Over the years since the Album release it has won critical acclaim, and is now considered to be one of the most influential albums in music history.
The cover by The Beach Boys of ” Sloop John B ” was loosely based on a recording in 1958 by the Kingston Trio. the trio are an American folk and pop music group, the original members helped launch the folk revival of the late 50s to late 60s.
Brian Wilson changed the lyrics and arrangement, with bandmate Al Jardine’s suggestion, he changed one part of the song’s chord progression. Vocals on the song are shared by all the members with instrumentation by the session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, who also went by the name of the Clique and the First Call Gang.
” Sloop John B ” was a commercial success for The Beach Boys. In the United States the song reached a peak of number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending 11 weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK singles chart on the 27th of April 1966 and reached a peak of number 2. It spent 6 weeks in the top ten and a total of 15 weeks on the UK chart.
Worldwide, ” Sloop John B ” remains one of the band’s most popular songs.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 3
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Singles Chart 17, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 5, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 39, Canada RPM Singles Chart 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1
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