Wild Honey cover


(Brian Wilson / Mike Love)
The Beach Boys song
Album: Wild Honey (1967)
Listen to The Beach Boys version: Youtube, SpotifyCovers: 38

Based of the 1964 track "Thinkin' 'Bout You Baby", written by Brian and Mike for Sharon Marie.

Brian offered "Darlin'" to Redwood, before the other Beach Boys decided they wanted to release it instead.

Studio coversLive coversSamplesBeach Boys & solo versionMedleys"Bedroom" covers
Artist Album Year ListenNotes
101 Strings Orchestra & The Alshire SingersPlay And Sing The Songs Of The Beach Boys1976Youtube, SpotifyOrchestral pop cover.
A Taste Of HoneyThe Hits Of The Beach Boys1969
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassSummertime1971Youtube, SpotifyInstrumental. Released as a single.
Ami Arvola
(covered as "Kesämuru")
Ami Arvola1977Finnish lyrics by Matti Nummivuo
The Beach Boys And The Royal Philharmonic OrchestraThe Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra2018Youtube, SpotifyThe original Beach Boys recording and vocals with orchestral overdubs.
The Carnabees
(covered as "Darling")
The Story Of The Beach Boys1978
David CassidyThe Higher They Climb - The Harder They Fall1975Youtube, SpotifyProduced by Bruce Johnston and Cassidy. Backing vocals by Flo & Eddie (of The Turtles and Mothers Of Invention), who add some dance moves to this live version on on Youtube.

Went to number 38 in Germany, number 17 in Sweden and number 16 in the UK.
Carter CathcartDo It Again! Fave Beach Boys Tunes1999Youtube, SpotifyStraightforward cover.
Darlin'Shimmies In Super 81993YoutubeGuitar drenched punk instrumental.
Paul Davis feat. Susan CollinsSinger Of Songs - Teller Of Tales1977Youtube, SpotifyHas that late 70s disco beat to it. Reached number 51 in the Billboard charts.
(covered as "Darling")
Lekaa Otsaan1970Youtube, SpotifyLive recording.
FateDarlin' single1974Youtube
The Good VibrationsI Get Around1978YoutubeDisco cover, featuring Luther Vandross on vocals.

Released in Australia as Back Up And Boogie by Wild Honey.
(covered as "Darling")
Hello Makker!1976Danish lyrics by Carl Reno
John Hunter PhillipsIt's About Time2006Youtube, SpotifyStraightforward cover. Might be the same version as on Net Sounds II.
Al Jardine, Family & FriendsLive In Las Vegas2001YoutubeLive recording. Lead vocals by Carnie Wilson.
James Last
(covered as "Potpourri")
Non Stop Dancing '681968YoutubeInstrumental medley of "Darlin'" / "Neon Rainbow" / "Zabadak".
Mike Love feat. AJRUnleash The Love2017Youtube, SpotifyAJR on lead vocals. Bruce appears on the backing vocals, but according to the credits, Mike isn't actually on it.
New Jordal SwingersTurn On To The Music1978
Paper DollsPaper Dolls House1968Youtube, SpotifyPop cover.
The Pen Friend ClubSound Of The Pen Friend Club2014SpotifyStraightforward cover. The stereo version is in the listen link, but also available in mono (Spotify).
The PersuasionsOne Thing On My Mind single1975
The RecordsSmiles, Vibes & Harmony: A Tribute To Brian Wilson1990YoutubeAdds an extended guitar intro and guitar solo, to "alt-rock up" the song a bit.
Red SquaresPeople Get Ready1998Youtube, SpotifyStraightforward cover.
The Royal Philharmonic OrchestraSymphonic Sounds: Music Of The Beach Boys1998Orchestral backing with Matt Jardine on lead vocals, and Mike and Bruce on background vocals. Produced by Bruce.
Leo SayerHave You Ever Been In Love1983Youtube, Spotify80s pop cover. Synthesisers, no real distinction between the chorus and verse and somehow an extra two minutes of song.
SquaresHere We Go Again1975Youtube, SpotifyStraightforward cover.
Surf City SoundsSurf City Sounds1981
The SurfbreakersBeach Boys Salute1981
The SurfersHits That Made The Beach Boys1971Also appears on 1974's Sounds Like The Beach Boys.
TriumviratA la Carte1978Youtube, SpotifyRather disappointingly, this is just a straightforward cover. I expected better from a German prog rock group.
Unknown32 Top Hits1976
UnknownHomage To The Beach Boys
Wiking GrothIl Volto Della Vita single1968
Brian WilsonLive At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
Brian Wilson feat. Nate RuessBrian Wilson And Friends2016YoutubeLive recording, on the DVD of the concert only. Nate takes the lead vocal.
Tatsurō YamashitaBig Wave1984
Yipes!A Bit Irrational1980YoutubeNew wave cover. The single went to 68 in the Billboard Hot 100.
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