This infectious exercise in doo wop became a two-time hit during the early '60s and has since become an enduring favorite for pop fans everywhere. It was written by Chuck Fassert, a member of a vocal pop outfit called the Regents. Lyrically, "Barbara Ann" is simple stuff, merely a hormonal ode to the charms of the titular girl. However, the song's catchy melody makes it something special: It starts with a stuttered pronunciation of the title name that forms the backbone of the song as it moves along at a jaunty, singalong pace. The song's harmonic charms made it a Top 20 hit for the Regents in 1961, but "Barbara Ann" gained even greater success when the Beach Boys covered it as part of their Party album. The song's doo wop style made it a natural for this album's live-in-the-studio format, and the group attacked with a go-for-broke gusto rarely seen in their more formal studio recordings: they fluffed lyrics, rushed the melody, and frequently broke into laughter during the song, but these quirks only enhanced the song's singalong charm. It became an unexpected number one hit for the Beach Boys, making it an instant standard for vocal harmony groups and a singalong favorite worthy of "Louie Louie" at frat parties.