Some of the biggest names in classic rock have often worked together. For example, one of the Beach Boys songs was co-written by a member of The Mamas & the Papas. Additionally, the producer of “Mr. Tambourine Man” worked on the track.

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The Beach Boys’ Mike Love did a “genuine collab” with other rockers

In a 2019 interview with Weekly Keys, Mike Love of the Beach Boys was asked if Kokomo from the song of the same name was a real place. “Kokomo was a name that came from John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas,” Love recalled.

“Phillips wrote the melody and the verse, and I wrote the chorus, and our friend Terry Melcher produced the record, and he came up with the ‘Oooh I wanna take you…’ and it was a true collaboration,” Love said. For context, Terry Melcher was the producer behind “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

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Mike Love discussed the performance of “Kokomo” compared to other Beach Boys songs

In a 2020 interview with The Arizona Republic, Love talked about the success of “Kokomo.” “‘Good Vibrations’ was the best-selling single of the 60s,” he said. “And we also had some really big ones. ‘I Get Around’ and ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ and ‘California Girls’ and ‘Help Me, Rhonda’.

Love revealed his thoughts on “Kokomo.” “They say ‘Kokomo’ in 1988 was our best-selling single,” he said. “And it was a great song. It’s a huge vocal in our concerts.

Love said the track had a huge impact. “Multiple generations love this song,” the singer said. “Even at a time when The Beach Boys may not be as popular as they once were, here we are with our best-selling single.”

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How The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” Hit The Charts In The U.S. And Impact Pop Culture

“Kokomo” became a huge hit for the Beach Boys. He exceeded the Billboard Hot 100, for one week, remaining on the card for a total of 28 weeks. None of the band’s other songs lasted longer on the chart.

The Beach Boys released “Kokomo” on the album Always cruising. The album reached No. 46 on the Billboard 200. Always cruising remained on the chart for 22 weeks.

The track has earned its place in pop culture. “Kokomo” was featured on the soundtrack of Tom Cruise’s film Cocktail. The Muppets covered the album track Muppet Beach Party. The Muppets made a music video for the song which appeared at the beginning of many children’s VHS tapes. Steve Carell sang “Kokomo” in the sitcom space force.

“Kokomo” was a huge hit for the Beach Boys and it wouldn’t be the same without Phillips.

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