Lost Treasures: The Kingston Trio – “Sloop John B”

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This week’s Lost Treasure is an EP release on Capitol Records.  In 1958, the Kingston Trio recorded their cover of the Bahamian folk song “Sloop John B” which is credited to Pete Seeger’s group The Weavers.  This isn’t entirely an accurate credit, as the Weavers merely adapted the traditional tune also at times titled “The John B Sails” “I Want To Go Home” & “The Wreck of the John B”.  Later, in 1966, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys would do an adaptation that became the lead single from their milestone album “Pet Sounds”.  The Kingston Trio version stays close to the original melody which has existed since the early part of the 20th century & has, at times, been suggested as the unofficial anthem of The Bahamas.  Start your weekend by enjoying this classic!

 

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Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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