The Beach Boys Barbara Ann

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Fred Fassert wrote this song around 1958 and named it after his sister. His brother, Chuck Fassert, was a member of the doo wop group The Regents, and Fred gave it to them. They did not have luck peddling their songs and disbanded. However, in 1961, opportunity came knocking, and their version of the song went to #7 on the R&B Chart and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.  The Beach Boys, however, had the most famous version in 1965. They released it as a part of their 1965 album Beach Boys’ Party! and then as a single at the end of the year with “Girls Don’t Tell Me” as the B-side. Their cover (with a few changes) peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #1 on Cash Box, and #3 in the U.K. It also was also at the top of the charts in Norway, Germany, and Switzerland.) There were also covers by Jan & Dean and The Who.

Part of the back story (Thanks, Rick Balian) is that Brian Wilson gave Jan & Dean “Surf City,” which went to # 1 in 1963 (Brian’s father was not at all pleased when he found out Brian had given this away — and then sang on it.) Fast forward to two years later, and Brian and the group were in the studio doing their Party! album. Jan and Dean were recording down the hall. Dean dropped in and suggested that they do “Barbara Ann” (Jan &Dean had covered it in 1962). That’s why on the track you can hear Carl Wilson say, “Thanks, Dean.” Dean later considered it a favor paid back for “Surf City.” The song :”Barbara Ann” was never intended to be a single. Capital released it because they were getting antsy that there wasn’t any new Beach Boys music, as Brian was busy working on the complex Pet Sounds album.

Keith Moon was a big Beach Boys/Jan & Dean fan. He had colored his hair blond and was in a surf rock band just before he joined The Who. He’s one of the reasons The Who covered “Barbara Ann” and “Bucket T” (a Jan & Dean song).

Personnel for the song were Brian Wilson (lead vocals, bass), Al Jardine (backing vocals, guitar), Bruce Johnston, (backing vocals), Mike Love (Backing vocals), Carl Wilson (backing Vocals, guitar), and Dennis Wilson (back vocals). Dean Torrence, of Jan & Dean, also sang lead vocals, but he isn’t credited. The fabulous Wrecking Crew musicians assisted with instrumentation. Drummer Hal Blaine of The Wrecking Crew is on “his famous ashtrays.”

Here are the lyrics to “Barbara Ann” by The Beach Boys:

“A Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann
Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
Oh Barbara Ann take my hand
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
You got me rockin’ and a rollin’
Rockin’ and a reelin’ Barbara Ann
Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann

Went to a dance looking for romance
Saw Barbara Ann so I thought I’d take a chance
Barbara Ann
Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann

Oh Barbara Ann take my hand
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
You got me rockin’ and a rollin’
Rockin’ and a reelin’
Barbara Ann
Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann

Say Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann
Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann
Oh Barbara Ann take my hand
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
You got me rockin’ and a rollin’
Rockin’ and a reelin’ Barbara Ann
Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann

Tried Betty Sue
Tried Betty Sue
Tried Betty Sue but I knew she wouldn’t do

Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann
Oh Barbara Ann take my hand
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
You got me rockin’ and a rollin’
Rockin’ and a reelin’ Barbara Ann
Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann

Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann
Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann
Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann
Oh Barbara Ann take my hand
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
You got me rockin’ and a rollin’
Rockin’ and a reelin’ Barbara Ann
Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann

Barbar Ann
Barbar Ann”

Here is the original “Barbara Ann” by The Regents, which is on Pass the Paisley’s sister site The Daily Doo Wop.

For more songs by The Beach Boys: “Sloop John B,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Help Me Rhonda,” and “Good Vibrations.”

If you would like to read about The Beach Boys from Mike Love’s perspective, please click on the photo below:

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