The best known version is for many the one by The Beach Boys, with Al Jardine on lead vocals. Dissatisfied with Brian Wilson's arrangement of the song, which led the group's 1969 album 20/20
, Jardine later led the group to record a more Country-Rock style version, which became an international hit reaching #1 in Australia, South Africa, Sweden and Norway, but surpassingly failed to make the Billboard Hot 100. Jardine told Consequence of Sound
why he decided they needed to re-record it: "Well, I thought Brian was going to give me another 'Sloop John B
,' he said. We went into the studio, and it just didn't happen. It was quite flat, I thought, and very un-Beach Boy-like. It sounded more like a country thing. Not even that, it just sounded like a demo. So, I picked up the gauntlet and took the appearance band into the studio, and we re-recorded it with my band, which is much more powerful than the studio guys we were using at the time. And I thought it was great. And Dennis Wilson kind of helped me out. He was, you might say, our spark plug guy; he was our energy guy, and he really believed in it."
"And a couple of new additions," he continued, "one being a steel guitar, kinda gave it a country flavor, which, in hindsight, I wouldn't put on today, but it's there, and that's what it is. It was a famous guy, a famous steel player named Red Rhodes. But anyway, that's how my production ended up being the single. It was just a good live band recording."