1982 Beach Boys – Come Go With Me
Once the sixties ended, the Beach Boys ran out of hit records. They didn’t have a hit single again until 1976 in spite of recording some amazing songs. That year, they reached the top five on the Hot 100 with Rock and Roll Music and barely reached the top thirty with It’s Okay. During the next four years, they reached #40 with only one single (Good Timin’) and failed to get even that high with over a dozen other singles.
The band made it back up to #12 in 1981, but that single was a cheat of sorts: The Beach Boys Medley simply mashed up pieces of eight of their earlier hits.
That year, the band also released a double album, Ten Years of Harmony. It collected songs from their Brothers Records albums from 1970 to 1980.
One of the songs on the album, Come Go With Me, had been released in 1978 on their M.I.U. album, but had never been a single. Some of the band members refused to work on that album, which possibly helped Al Jardine get the rare chance to sing lead vocals. Al asked Brian to arrange the horns for the song, which he reported did immediately at Sunset Sound Recorders while dressed in a bathrobe.
To help promote the new compilation album, they released the song as a single.
The original version of the song by the Del Vikings failed to chart in 1956, but reached #4 on the Hot 100 when a new label re-released the same recording in 1957. The Beach Boys version peaked at #18 on the Hot 100 and #11 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The band had a few more minor hits before topping the Hot 100 one last time in 1988 with Kokomo.
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