The Beach Boys Cover Database

An attempt to collect together all the covers of Beach Boys songs in one place.


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Sail On, Sailor

"Sail On, Sailor"

(Brian Wilson / Tandyn Almer / Ray Kennedy / Jack Rieley / Van Dyke Parks)
Album: Holland (1973)
Listen to the The Beach Boys version: Youtube, Spotify

So many writers, and no one seems to know who did what really. It is generally agreed however that Van Dyke Parks was key.

The database contains 30 covers of "Sail On, Sailor".


Artist Album Year Listen Notes
Stephen AcklesStephen Ackles2005
Madeline BellBlessed2000
The BluetonesAfter Hours single2002Youtube, SpotifyRock cover. Also appears on the band's A Rough Outline and Collection compilation albums.
Jimmy BuffettMeet Me In Margaritaville2003YoutubeCountry-rock cover.
Jim CarterDaydreamer2008Youtube, SpotifyPop cover
ChaliceOverflow1975
Jamie CullumMusicares Presents A Tribute To Brian Wilson2007YoutubeLive pop jazz cover
Déjà VuSong For Everyone1976
Extension58Sail On!1999
The GB'sBeach Boys: Best Of Tribute2004
Golden EarringLove Sweat1995YoutubePop rock cover
Hey StevieThe World's A Better Place2002Youtube, SpotifyIndie rock cover, featuring Al.
John Hunter PhillipsDiamonds On The Beach2000SpotifyStraightforward cover.
Steve HunterSwept Away1977Youtube, SpotifyGuitar driven (almost) instrumental, with some backing vocals.
Al Jardine, Family & FriendsLive In Las Vegas2001Live recording. Bobby Figueroa and Billy Hinsche take lead vocals.
Matthew KaminskiSwingin' on the New Hammond2013Youtube, SpotifyHammond organ instrumental. Live version appears on Live At The Churchill Grounds.
Ray KennedyRay Kennedy1980Youtube, SpotifyCredited to just Wilson and Kennedy, this version contains a different set of lyrics.
KGBKGB1976YoutubeCredited to just Wilson and Kennedy (a member of the group), this version contains a different set of lyrics.
Pete LevinDeacon Blues2007Instrumental
Lulu and StingTogether2002Youtube, SpotifyStraightforward cover. Appeared on Lulu's 2003 album Greatest Hits.
Sean Macreavy with The LandysDumb Angel1994
ManUndrugged2002
David MarksLive On Sunset 20102015Live recording.
Bob McBrideHere To Sing1978YoutubePop rock cover
New Symphonic OrchestraNew Symphonic Orchestra Plays The Beach Boys1999Youtube, SpotifyMuzak cover.
SAS BandSAS Band1997Youtube, SpotifyLead vocals by Manfred Mann's Earth Band's Chris Thompson.
Stars On The WaterStill Under The Covers2008Youtube, SpotifyRock cover
Matthew Sweet and Darius RuckerAn All Star-Tribute To Brian Wilson2001YoutubeLive recording, performed with Brian's backing band.
Brian Wilson with Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar and Billy HinscheBrian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive version, with Blondie on lead.
The Wolfgramm SistersThe Wolfgramm Sisters2009

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