Sloop John B (2:57)

Cover of Summer Dreams

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“Sloop John B” is the seventh track on The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album and was also a single which was released in 1966 on Capitol Records. It was originally a traditional West Indies folk song, possibly recorded earliest by The Weavers under the title “Wreck of the John B”, the song taken from a collection by Carl Sandburg (1927). Alan Lomax made a field recording of the song in Nassau, 1935, under the title “Histe Up the John B. Sail”. This recording appears on the album Bahamas 1935: Chanteys And Anthems From Andros And Cat Island. The song was adapted by Weavers member Lee Hays. The recording of the song which directly influenced The Beach Boys was by The Kingston Trio, who used the title “The Wreck Of The John B”.

This version was ranked #271 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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