#tbt #ThrowbackThursday “Kokomo” By The Beach Boys

Beach Boys Kokomo Photo: MusicStack.com

It is time for #tbt #ThrowbackThursday with “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys. The song was released in July of 1988.

“Kokomo” was featured on the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise movie “Cocktail” and hit number one in the U.S., Japan, and in Australia where it stayed at the top spot for almost 2 months.

On the original “Kokomo” demo version, lead vocals were performed by Mike Love and Terry Melcher. The demo harmonies include Terry Melcher, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, and Jeff Foskett. At Disney Films’ request, the “Kokomo” demo was “upgraded” to a master recording, thus requiring members of the Beach Boys to re-record the demo vocals, except for Mike Love’s lead.

The final recorded and released “Kokomo” background vocals are sung by Carl Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, and Al Jardine. Terry Melcher’s and Jeff Foskett’s demo vocals were erased and replaced by Carl Wilson’s and Al Jardine’s vocals. The final released “Kokomo” lead vocals are sung by Mike Love and Carl Wilson.

The video was shot in less than 2 hours due to threatening rain. Actor John Stamos can be seen in the video playing bongos, conga, and a steel drum.-DocFB

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