The Beach Boys return to the charts in 1988 with “Kokomo”

The 1980’s hit was part of the “Cocktail” movie soundtrack

The Beach Boys return to the charts in 1988 with “Kokomo”

The Beach Boys unexpectedly returned to the top of the charts, without Brian Wilson,  in 1988 with their Pop song “Kokomo”, part of the “Cocktail” movie soundtrack. The song was written by John Phillips and Scott McKenzie in Virginia Beach in 1986 and recorded and produced shortly after by Phillips, as a duet between McKenzie and Denny Doherty of the Mamas and the Papas. The “Kokomo” single backed with “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard was first released through Elektra Records in July 1988. It peaked at the No.1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 5th, 1988, replacing “A Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins. This meant that it was The Beach Boys’ first #1 hit in the United States since “Good Vibrations” in 1966, making it the longest time span between two number one hits in America for a band (22 years). It is also their only #1 hit not written or produced by Brian Wilson. Despite the criticism that the song was received with, it charted in several countries outside the U.S and remains the last Beach Boys song to achieve worldwide success.

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