Charted at #64 on Billboard Hot 100 in September 1960. Remade by the Beach Boys in 1966 as "Sloop John B" (which charted at #3 Hot 100 and #2 in the UK). Original Billboard review: "Rodgers has two good sides here. "The Wreck of the "John B"" is an attractive calypso theme. Flip is a catchy hoe-down with good lyrics and a sprightly country orchestra backing. Either side could take off." A Billboard Pick.
Adapted By Lee Hays.
B-side of the US single is "Four Little Girls in Boston". Pictured is a Swedish single.