The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys

 

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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 band drew on the music of jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound, and with Brian as composer, arranger, producer, and de facto leader, often incorporated 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 musicianship dominating their creative direction. In 1963, they gained national prominence with a string of hit records reflecting a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance, later dubbed the "California Sound". After 1964, they abandoned beachgoing themes 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 commercial momentum subsequently faltered, and despite efforts to continue their psychedelic ventures, they were dismissed by early rock critics as the archetypal "pop music cop-outs".

Carl took over as the band's musical leader until the late 1970s. The last time Brian would write and produce virtually an entire LP for the group was The Beach Boys Love You (1977), which is noted for its cult following. Personal struggles, creative disagreements, and the continued success of the band's greatest hits albums precipitated their transition into an oldies act. 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 (BRI).

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]

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1967 - Live Sunshine
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1967 - Live Sunshine is an album by musical group The Beach Boys, released on December 8, 2017.
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.
Pet Sounds
 
Pet Sounds is the eleventh studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on May 16, 1966.
Smile
 
Smile (sometimes stylized as SMiLE) was a projected album by American rock band the Beach Boys intended to follow their 11th studio album, Pet Sounds (1966).

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The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Returns to High School to Get His 'F' in Music Changed to an 'A'
  –  January 16, 2018
Brian Wilson is taking a trip down memory lane but for a good reason. The musician and co-founder of The Beach Boys, 75, returned to Hawthorne High School on Monday to fight for a change in his music grade – 58 years after he graduated. Wilson composed ...
The Beach Boys and Guns N’ Roses royalties mixed in embroiled Charles Manson estate
  –  January 8, 2018
Included in the mix are royalties for songs he wrote that were performed by The Beach Boys and Guns N’ Roses ... many now-famous musicians when he went to California to become a musician, including Beach Boy’s Dennis Wilson and Neil Young.
Vince Gill, The Beach Boys & Jeff Foxworthy among lineup for Freeman Stage's 11th season
  –  March 9, 2018
Country star Vince Gill, comedian Jeff Foxworthy, The Beach Boys and legendary singer Smokey Robinson are ... Voodoo Threauxdown featuring Trombone Shorty & News Orleans Avenue, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band and Galactic - August ...
Vince Gill, The Beach Boys & Jeff Foxworthy among lineup for Freeman Stage's 11th season
  –  March 9, 2018
Country star Vince Gill, comedian Jeff Foxworthy, The Beach Boys and legendary singer Smokey Robinson are ... have more than 66 Grammy Awards and over 75 Grammy nominations; 18 Country Music Association Awards and over 50 nominations; and six American ...
Music Legend and The Beach Boys Cofounder Brian Wilson To Perform In Viera, Florida May 19
  –  March 8, 2018
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys and one of the most innovative and significant songwriters of the 20th century, will perform a special concert featuring his critically-acclaimed Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary ...
The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Returns to High School to Get His 'F' in Music Changed to an 'A'
  –  January 16, 2018
Brian Wilson is taking a trip down memory lane but for a good reason. The musician and co-founder of The Beach Boys, 75, returned to Hawthorne High School on Monday to fight for a change in his music grade – 58 years after he graduated. Wilson composed ...
The Beach Boys and Guns N’ Roses royalties mixed in embroiled Charles Manson estate
  –  January 8, 2018
Included in the mix are royalties for songs he wrote that were performed by The Beach Boys and Guns N’ Roses ... He was like a living poet.” No matter why the music was created, at the end of this battle over Charles Manson’s estate, the party ...

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