This folk standard ended up becoming a pop favorite in the 1960s thanks to the Beach Boys. However, it was a popular item long before it was dipped in California sunshine and was frequently recorded by folk artists like the Kingston Trio. The narrative of "Sloop John B" is a straightforward one, chronicling the homesickness of a seaman trapped on a boat journey fraught with bad luck. The melody is similarly forlorn but is tinged with a catchy, singalong quality that made it a natural for folk groups. In the mid-'60s, Alan Jardine (a longtime folk music fan) suggested to fellow Beach Boy Brian Wilson that they tackle "Sloop John B." Wilson took the song to heart and transformed it into a California pop gem with a gutsy arrangement that married the group's formidable vocal harmony prowess to a wall-of-sound arrangement inspired by Phil Spector. The result was almost symphonically complex, driven along by a pulsing bass line and featuring a heart-stoppingly lovely a cappella harmony bridge. This dazzling sound allowed "Wouldn't It Be Nice" to fly into the Top Five area of the pop charts and inspired a new wave of cover versions by surf rock performers like Dick Dale and the Surfriders. However, the Beach Boys version remains the best-known and loved thanks to its enduring symphonic-pop beauty. Even today, it manages to make the feeling of homesickness sound almost thrilling.