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"Barbara Ann"

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Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Beach Boys' Party!
B-side "Girl Don't Tell Me"
Released December 20, 1965
Format Vinyl
Recorded September 23, 1965
Genre Rockabilly
Length 3:23 (LP) 2:05 (single)
Label Capitol 5561
Writer(s) Fred Fassert
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"The Little Girl I Once Knew"/"There's No Other (Like My Baby)"
"Barbara Ann"/"Girl Don't Tell Me"
"Sloop John B"/"You're So Good To Me"
Beach Boys' Party! track listing
  1. "Hully Gully"
  2. "I Should Have Known Better"
  3. "Tell Me Why"
  4. "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow"
  5. "Mountain of Love"
  6. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
  7. "Devoted to You"
  8. "Alley Oop"
  9. "There's No Other (Like My Baby)"
  10. "Medley:I Get Around/Little Deuce Coupe"
  11. "The Times They Are a-Changin'"
  12. "Barbara Ann"
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"Barbara Ann" is a song written by Fred Fassert and performed (as "Barbara Anne") by The Regents in 1961. The recording reached a peak position of #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart.

The most famous cover version is by the American pop band The Beach Boys. The song was released as a single on December 20, 1965, with the B-side "Girl Don't Tell Me". The song peaked at #2 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (#1 in Cash Box and Record World) and at #3 in the U.K. It also topped the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Norway. It was The Beach Boys' biggest hit in Italy, reaching #4. The song was also released on the 1965 album Beach Boys' Party!. Brian Wilson and Dean Torrence, who had previously recorded the song as one half of Jan and Dean, are featured on lead vocals. Dean is not credited on the album jacket but "Thanks, Dean" is said by Carl at the end of the track.

A version recorded by the Beach Boys without the Beach Boys' Party! effects can be found on the Hawthorne, CA album. The Beach Boys made a false start on the Party! album by singing "Baa Baa Black Sheep" instead of "Baa Baa Baa Baa Barbara Ann". The Beach Boys sang this song as an encore on their Live In London album. Brian Wilson has a rendition on his live Roxy CD, and in 2001, performed it himself, with the ensemble, on An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson.


Beach Boys version


Use in pop culture

The Beach Boys appeared in the television series Home Improvement as cousins of the character Wilson. They perform "Barbara Ann" in Wilson's backyard. In episode of Full House called "Beach Boy Bingo" the Tanner family went to a Beach Boys concert and got to sing this song with them on stage.

The song was also covered by The Who (released in November 1966 on the Ready Steady Who 7" EP), sung by Keith Moon, and was a highlight of the film The Kids are Alright. Blind Guardian also covered the song on the album Follow the Blind.

In the late 1970s series Welcome Back Kotter, the character Vinnie Barbarino (John Travolta) sings a version with the lyrics "Baa-baa-baa Baa-Barbarino". The song featured in the 1973 film American Graffiti. In 1975, the Martin Cicus group performed a French version named "Marylène".

In the early 1990s television series Saved by the Bell episode "House Party" Zach, Slater and Screech lip-sync to the song while "cutting loose" at Screech's house when his parents are away on vacation. The song was featured during the 4th season episode, "My Ocardial Infarction", of the sitcom Scrubs, being sung by The Janitor's fake band, "Hibbleton". Brian Griffin mentions the song in the Family Guy episode "Ocean's Three and a Half".


The song was later parodied as "Bomb Iran" by Vince Vance and the Valiants, written during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.[1] A different parody version was a viral during 2006, courtesy of Adam Kontras,[2] and the idea was sourced into a number of flash animations that same year.[3][4] John McCain referenced the song, and attempted a line or two of the refrain as "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" in an answer to a question at a campaign stop on April 19, 2007.[5] A viral video parody of "Barbara Ann" inspired by McCain surfaced the following day, courtesy Alex Arrowsmith.[6]

The Capitol Steps parodied it with the new title of "Taliban" on their 2002 album When Bush Comes To Shove. Released during America's invasion of Afghanistan, it is told from the perspective of an American soldier describing his plans to drive out the Taliban.

See also


  1. ^ Declain McCullagh (April 22, 2007). McCain's 'Bomb Iran' song was anti-Muslim? Accessed 2007-11-05.
  2. ^ Adam Kontras (March 7, 2006). Lets Bomb Iran!. Accessed 2007-11-05.
  3. ^ 4tvs Productions (Apr 10, 2006). Let's Bomb Iran!. Google Video. Accessed 2007-11-05.
  4. ^ Let's Bomb Iran. Accessed 2007-11-05.
  5. ^ McCain's "Bomb Iran" Joke Draws Fire. April 20, 2007. CBSNews/AP. Accessed 2007-11-05.
  6. ^ "Bomb Iran" song (from John McCain's joke). April 20, 2007. Accessed 2009-05-28.

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