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The original version of the Gilligan's Island theme song was recorded by The Wellingtons.

According to "Here on Gilligan's Isle", the second (and third) season version of the song was performed by a group called The Eligibles.

User "supercat" asked in a comment on this question:

Do you know if the Wellingtons demanded a per-show royalty, or if there was some other reason they were used for the first season but not the second? Until I watched the show on DVD, I would have guessed the later theme started in a lower key; I was surprised to find the difference stems purely from the different singers' voices.

Why weren't The Wellingtons used for the later season recording(s)?

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I never noticed that, but it's been years since I even saw a rerun. I just remember the lyrics changed at some point; they mentioned the professor and Maryann and then those two were replaced by the words "the rest". Which I never understood... –  Johnny Bones Jul 29 at 21:09
@JohnnyBones - that lyric replacement is answered here: movies.stackexchange.com/questions/10346/… –  JoshDM Jul 29 at 21:10

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