Kokomo – The Beach Boys

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………on November 5th of 1988 The Beach Boys had the number one record in the US when “Kokomo”, from the movie Cocktail, reached the top. It made #25 in the UK. It had been 22 years since the group had their last US chart topper with “Good Vibrations”. Their only other Top Ten hit in that time had been “Rock and Roll Music” in 1976. Terry Melcher (Doris Day’s son) wrote this song with the help of John Phillips, who was a former member of The Mamas And The Papas, along with Beach Boy Mike Love, and Scott McKenzie, who had a hit in 1967 with “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair).” Phillips’ daughter Chynna was in the group Wilson Phillips with Brian Wilson’s daughters, Carnie and Wendy. In 1964, Melcher worked as a staff producer at Columbia Records, where he teamed up with future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston on the hit “Hey Little Cobra,” which was credited to The Rip Chords. He was a producer on the first two Byrds albums and went on to work with Paul Revere And The Raiders. He knew The Beach Boys and contributed to some of their work, including backup vocals on Pet Sounds. Brian Wilson was the creative force behind The Beach Boys, but he had nothing to do with this song. He released his first (self-titled) solo album that year and came out with the first single, “Love And Mercy,” three weeks before this was released. The album peaked at #54 in America.This was released in July 1988, but it went nowhere until the movie came out a few months later and made it a huge hit. When The Beach Boys played it live during concerts that summer, it got no response.The single was released with the original version of Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” as the B-side. The Cocktail soundtrack was very successful. Bobby McFerrin’s #1 hit “Don’t Worry Be Happy” was also on the album. The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the year this was released.