The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys



The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson; their cousin Mike Love; and their friend Al Jardine. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influential acts of the rock era.[1] The group, led by their principal songwriter and producer Brian, pioneered novel approaches to popular music form and production, combining their affinities for jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound. He later arranged his compositions for studio orchestras and explored a variety of other styles, often incorporating classical or jazz elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways.

The Beach Boys began as a garage band managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, with Brian's increasingly sophisticated songwriting and recording abilities dominating their creative direction. Emerging at the vanguard of the "California Sound", they performed original material that reflected a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. After 1964, they abandoned the surfing aesthetic for more personal lyrics and multi-layered sounds. In 1966, the Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single raised the group's prestige to the top level of rock innovators and established the band as symbols of the nascent counterculture era. Following the dissolution of the group's Smile project in 1967, Brian gradually ceded production and songwriting duties to the rest of the band, reducing his input because of mental health and substance abuse issues. The group's public image subsequently faltered, and despite efforts to continue their psychedelic ventures and reclaim their hippie audiences, they were dismissed as an embodiment of the values and outlooks shared by early 1960s white, suburban teenagers.

The continued success of their greatest hits albums during the mid 1970s precipitated the band's transition into an oldies act, a move that was denigrated by critics and many fans. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band's name transpired. Dennis drowned in 1983 and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl's death, many live configurations of the band fronted by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston continued to tour into the 2000s while other members pursued solo projects. Even though Wilson and Jardine have not performed with Love and Johnston's band since their one-off 2012 reunion tour, they remain a part of the Beach Boys' corporation, Brother Records Inc.

The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and widely influential bands of all time.[2] The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them US Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time and are listed at No. 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[3][4] In 2017, a study of AllMusic's catalog indicated the Beach Boys as the 6th most frequently cited artist influence in its database.[5] The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.[6]



1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow
1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow is a compilation album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released by Capitol Records on June 30, 2017.
Graduation Day 1966
Graduation Day 1966 is a live album by The Beach Boys, released on December 9, 2016 exclusively through the iTunes Store.
Graduation Day 1966: Live At The University Of Michigan
Graduation Day 1966: Live At The University Of Michigan is an album by musical artist The Beach Boys, released on December 9, 2016.
Becoming the Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions
Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions is a Beach Boys compilation album released in 2016.

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Hitchhiking with Evil: The Beach Boys’ Surreal Relationship with Charles Manson
  –  November 24, 2017
The fact that they encountered one of The Beach Boys seemingly by pure chance was proof enough ... And he was far from the only bold musician to be fascinated by the madman. In addition to some of the other Beach Boys and Melcher, Neil Young was also ...
Charles Manson's brief and strange relationship with The Beach Boys
  –  November 20, 2017
The Beach Boys even ended up recording a version of one of Manson's ... described in a recent memoir how Manson's ability to "captivate" Wilson, a famous musician, went on to "validate more and more" Manson's status as the leader of their cult.
Listen: Best Coast – “Little Saint Nick” (The Beach Boys Cover)
  –  December 1, 2017
Amazon Music has been commissioning Christmas covers for its Indie For the Holidays playlist. Now Best Coast have covered The Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick." The original was released as a single in 1963 and then appeared on 1964's The Beach Boys ...
Noel Gallagher Targets The Beach Boys’ ‘Overrated’ Brian Wilson: ‘I Hate Brian Wilson’
  –  November 30, 2017
Gallagher was not impressed with Paste Magazine‘s comparison of his new record to The Beach Boys’ new music, which led Gallagher to call Wilson “overrated.” “F**kin’ hell – I hate Brian Wilson!” Gallagher told Paste. “And you know what?
2 The Beach Boys Tour Dates
  –  November 30, 2017
Californian surfing feelgood music from the golden age of the 60s & 70s ... 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution that is iconic around the world.
Hitchhiking with Evil: The Beach Boys’ Surreal Relationship with Charles Manson
  –  November 24, 2017
The fact that they encountered one of The Beach Boys seemingly by pure chance was proof enough that ... in this article (including Manson himself), makes the most overtly dark music. He went as far as to rent the Cielo Drive residence in 1992, where ...
The Beach Boys And Wynonna Added to the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting Lineup
  –  November 22, 2017
The Beach Boys, Wynonna, and three-time Emmy Award winners ... and the U.S. Navy Band led by Emmy nominated music director Steve Gibson. Additional entertainers and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Co-presented by the National Park ...
How the Beach Boys ended up recording a song written by Charles Manson
  –  November 21, 2017
Over the next few months, the pair worked in the studio and Manson began making the rounds of the Los Angeles music scene, meeting one man who would lead the Family directly to the door of Sharon Tate (but more on that later). The Beach Boys decided to buy ...
From The Beatles to The Beach Boys, Nine Inch Nails & More: Charles Manson's Ties to Music
  –  November 20, 2017
Sadistic cult leader and murderer Charles Manson died on Sunday at the age of 83, leaving behind a legacy of manipulation, conspiracy theorizing and ruthless killing. Yet before he was sentenced to life behind bars, Manson aspired to be a professional ...
Charles Manson’s links to the Beach Boys, Guns N’ Roses and the Beatles
  –  November 20, 2017
the drummer for the Beach Boys. Manson hoped to parlay that friendship into a record deal, but their relationship soured and a music career never materialised. Pop music was also the medium through which Manson believed he was being sent secret messages ...
Charles Manson’s surreal summer with the Beach Boys: Group sex, dumpster diving and rock ‘n’ roll
  –  November 20, 2017
The “family” wound up moving out. Though Manson and Wilson would occasionally still see each other, their relationship all but ended by summer’s end, Lake wrote, over music. In September 1968, the Beach Boys recorded a version of Manson’s “Cease ...


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