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Song of the day for November 5, 2023

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"The Beach Boys" managed to top the charts in 1988 with the song "Kokomo," notably utilized in the film Cocktail. This represented the longest gap between #1 hits for an artist. Song members collaborated with Terry Melcher, John Phillips, and Scott McKenzie to produce it, delivering a daydream-like harmony with steel drums.

Today’s song is Kokomo by The Beach Boys.

The Beach Boys, who haven’t had a #1 hit since “Good Vibrations” in 1966, top the charts on this date in 1988 with the Brian Wilson-less “Kokomo,” used in the movie Cocktail. It’s the longest gap between #1 hits for any artist. “Kokomo” is commissioned for the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail, where he plays a bartender who goes to Jamaica. Mike Love writes the song with producer Terry Melcher and two other stars of the ’60s: John Phillips of the The Mamas & the Papas and Scott McKenzie of “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair).” Together, they create a lilting daydream of a song with steel drums and their famous harmonies.

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