|Single by The Regents|
|from the album Barbara-Ann|
|B-side||"I'm So Lonely"|
|The Regents singles chronology|
"Barbara Ann" is a song written by Fred Fassert that was first recorded by the Regents as "Barbara-Ann". Their version was released in 1961 and reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The most famous cover version was recorded in 1965 by the Beach Boys, issued as a single from their album Beach Boys' Party! with the B-side "Girl Don't Tell Me".
The Beach Boys version
|Single by The Beach Boys|
|from the album Beach Boys' Party!|
|B-side||"Girl Don't Tell Me"|
|Released||December 20, 1965|
|Recorded||September 23, 1965|
United Western Recorders, Hollywood, California
|Genre||Rock and roll, doo-wop|
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
The Beach Boys recorded their version on September 23, 1965. Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean is featured on lead vocals along with Brian Wilson. Torrence is not credited on the album, but Carl Wilson is heard saying "Thanks, Dean" at the song's conclusion. Capitol rush-released "Barbara Ann" as a single after the relatively poor performance of the group's previous disc, "The Little Girl I Once Knew".
The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week ending January 1, 1966. The week ending January 29, the song leaped from No. 15 to No. 2 and was in position to replace "We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles as the next No. 1 song. However, "My Love" by Petula Clark unexpectedly vaulted into the No. 1 position the week ending February 5, 1966. Consequently, "Barbara Ann" peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (No. 1 in Cash Box and Record World) and at No. 3 in the UK in January 1966. It also topped the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Norway. It was The Beach Boys' biggest hit in Italy, reaching No. 4.
Variations of the Beach Boys' recording have seen release. A version without the party sound effects can be found on the Hawthorne, CA album. The group sang the song as an encore on their Live in London album. As a solo artist, Brian has a rendition on his live album Live at the Roxy Theatre, and in 2001, performed it himself, with the ensemble, on An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson.
The Who perform "Barbara Ann" in the film The Kids Are Alright with Keith Moon on vocals. Moon, a massive Beach Boys fan but a notoriously limited singer, plays and sings much to the delight of his fellow band members.
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- The Beach Boys
- Al Jardine – backing vocals, acoustic guitar
- Bruce Johnston – backing vocals
- Mike Love – backing vocals, handclaps
- Brian Wilson – lead vocals, bass
- Carl Wilson – backing vocals, acoustic guitar
- Dennis Wilson – backing vocals, tambourine
- Additional musicians and production staff
- 1962 – Jan & Dean
- 1966 – The Who, Ready Steady Who
- 1975 – Martin Circus (as "Marylène", with French lyrics)
- 1989 – Blind Guardian, Follow the Blind
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