The John B. Sails

Most people probably know “The John B. Sails” from the Beach Boys cover called “The Sloop John B.” But it's a Bahamian folk song from nineteenth century Nassau, first transcribed in 1916. A slightly older generation of folkies might know it as “The Wreck of the John B.” The title used by The Weavers in 1955. But had been going around the U.S. folk scene for about 30 years before that. Safe to say, it's a song worth hearing in a range of tones. Here we've got Caplyso, Reggae, French R&B, Italian Pop versions to add to some familiar U.S. renditions.

Fred Bongusto


The John B. Sails


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