Sunday, April 10, 2011

"Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys.

OK, back to the 60's: Folkie Al Jardine learned this traditional West Indies tune about a sponger boat that sank in the Bahamas in the early 1900's via The Weavers, The Kingston Trio and Johnny Cash. Took a little persuading but he convinced Brian Wilson to arrange and produce it, becoming the fastest-selling Beach Boys recording ever, the biggest commercial hit from "Pet Sounds". Peaked at #3 and ranks #271 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It plays in the background as Lieutenant Dan delivers his famous "welcome to Vietnam" lecture to Forrest and Bubba. Yesterday's answer: "Careless Whisper" by Wham! featuring George Michael.

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