Kokomo (song)

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"Kokomo"
Kokomo song cover.jpg
Single by the Beach Boys
from the album Cocktail and Still Cruisin'
B-side"Tutti Frutti" performed by Little Richard
ReleasedJuly 18, 1988
RecordedMarch 22, April 5–6, 1988
GenrePop
Length3:35
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, Mike Love, Terry Melcher
Producer(s)Terry Melcher
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Happy Endings"
(1987)
"Kokomo"
(1988)
"Still Cruisin'"
(1989)
Music video
"Kokomo" on YouTube

"Kokomo" is a song by the American rock band the Beach Boys from the 1988 film Cocktail and album Still Cruisin'. Written by John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, Mike Love, and Terry Melcher, its lyrics describe two lovers taking a trip to a relaxing place on Kokomo, a utopic island off the Florida Keys. In addition to the fictional Kokomo, the song also makes references to many real Caribbean islands, including Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Martinique, and Montserrat. The song was released as a single on July 18, 1988 by Elektra Records and became a number one hit in the United States, Japan, and Australia.

Recording[edit]

"Kokomo" was recorded on March 2 and April 5–6, 1988 with production by Terry Melcher, who had previously produced the band's "Rock 'n' Roll to the Rescue" (1986) and "California Dreamin'" (1986).[1] It was created through overdubbing parts onto the band's demo for the song.[2]

The recording featured every member of the group except Brian Wilson, who did not attend the sessions. In his (since-discredited) 1991 memoir Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story, it was stated that Wilson was unable to contribute to the song because he was committed to recording his first solo album, and his bandmates deliberately did not inform him of the session date until it was too late.[3] According to biographer Mark Dillon, "Available session-date information does not substantiate this claim, however."[3]

Mike Love stated that Wilson was not on "Kokomo" because Eugene Landy, Wilson's therapist-turned-collaborator, refused to "let Brian sing on it unless Landy was a producer and co-writer, and Terry Melcher didn't really feel he needed Landy since he had produced some number-one records. It was pathetic of Landy to do that, but he controlled Brian completely at that time."[2] The group later recorded a Spanish-language version of "Kokomo" with participation from Wilson.[2]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Kokomo" was filmed at the then-recently opened Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World in Florida. Although they had not played these instruments on the recording, Mike Love is seen playing saxophone, while actor and occasional Beach Boys live guest John Stamos is shown playing steel drum.[2]

Release[edit]

"Kokomo" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1988, but lost to Phil Collins' "Two Hearts" (from the film Buster).[4][better source needed] "Two Hearts" and Carly Simon's "Let the River Run" from Working Girl jointly beat it for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

3-inch CD single

  1. "Kokomo" – 3:34
  2. "Tutti Frutti" performed by Little Richard – 2:23
  3. "Hippy Hippy Shake" performed by The Georgia Satellites – 1:45

7-inch single

  1. "Kokomo" – 3:34
  2. "Tutti Frutti" performed by Little Richard – 2:23

12-inch maxi

  1. "Kokomo" – 3:34
  2. "Tutti Frutti" performed by Little Richard – 2:23
  3. "Hippy Hippy Shake" performed by The Georgia Satellites – 1:45

Personnel[edit]

Per Mark Dillon[2] and engineer Keith Wechsler.[5]

The Beach Boys

Additional musicians

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications

Country Certification Date Sales certified
France[25] Silver 1989 200,000
U.S.[26] Platinum January 10, 1989 1,000,000

References[edit]

Citations

  1. ^ a b c Dillon 2012, p. 261.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dillon 2012, p. 264.
  3. ^ a b Dillon 2012, p. 263.
  4. ^ "Grammy Award". metrolyrics.com. Retrieved January 7, 2010.
  5. ^ Brown, Scott; Endleman, Michael (May 28, 2004). "Kokomo". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Beach Boys – Kokomo". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Beach Boys – Kokomo" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ Canada Top Singles (November 12, 1988) RPM Magazine
  9. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 6 no. 17. April 29, 1989. pp. 30–31. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Beach Boys – Kokomo" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ a b "Billboard". Allmusic. Retrieved April 7, 2008.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 17, 1989" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Beach Boys – Kokomo" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – The Beach Boys – Kokomo". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Beach Boys – Kokomo". Singles Top 100.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Beach Boys – Kokomo". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles" (PDF). Cash Box. Vol. LI no. 16. November 5, 1988. p. 2. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Beach Boys – Kokomo". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  19. ^ Hope, Carolyn (February 13, 2017). "Barry's Hits of All Decades Pop rock n roll Music Chart Hits". Hitsofalldecades.com. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "1988 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 100 (52): Y-20. December 24, 1988.
  21. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1988". Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  22. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 31, 1988". Tropicalglen.com. December 31, 1988. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  23. ^ 1989 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 19, 2008)
  24. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 1989" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 6 no. 51. December 23, 1989. p. 6. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved January 17, 2020 – via World Radio History.
  25. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 156 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  26. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved August 19, 2008)

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