Song of the Day: The Beach Boys, “Sloop John B”

Session bassist and guitarist Carol Kaye was born on this day in 1935. As a member of the famous "Wrecking Crew" (a group of elite LA-based session players), she played on hundreds of hit records, including The Beach Boys’ "Sloop John B," which was released on March 21, 1966 and remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks, peaking at #3. When I started playing bass about 25 years ago, I learned from several of Carol’s instruction tapes.

19 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Beach Boys, “Sloop John B”

  1. Aw :-) this (/anything Beach Boys) is one of the reasons I marvel at the diverse music of our particular times — how blessed we were, and are! And indeed, thanks also to session musicians and collaborators all!


    1. Seems like the world of music just keeps getting bigger. Or maybe it’s me. No, I’m big enough…. Seriously, there are some mighty fine musicians out there, and there always have been.

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    1. The lady has quite the portfolio and has been a huge influence on a lot of bass players, many of whom probably don’t know of her. Betcha didn’t know she played on this…

      There might be others that could handle it technically, but I doubt there are many who could make it feel like it does…

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