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Curiously, only one of the original Beach Boys knew how to surf. But that didn’t stop the group from becoming one of the ‘60s’ most successful acts. While their early recordings were mostly about navigating teen problems like parents and school, it didn’t take long for the Beach Boys – led by main songwriter Brian Wilson – to start fretting about more adult concerns. Influenced by Chuck Berry, Phil Spector and the Beatles, Wilson’s songs grew increasingly more complex, peaking with 1966’s ‘Pet Sounds,’ one of the most gorgeous and influential albums ever made. Wilson soon tried to top himself, but suffered a breakdown trying to shape ‘Smile’ into the masterpiece he was hearing in his head (it was finally completed in 2011). The group has had its ups and downs over the past 40 years, but its 2012 50th-anniversary reunion album and tour with Wilson was a triumph.

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Capitol

Beach Boys Revisit ‘Wild Honey’ Era With ‘Sunshine Tomorrow’ Set

The Beach Boys' 1967 Wild Honey LP is getting the expanded reissue treatment with the new double-disc set Sunshine Tomorrow, due in stores this summer.

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Brian Wilson Adds More Final Performances of Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’

Brian Wilson is offering Beach Boys fans 42 additional chances to bid farewell to 'Pet Sounds.'

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Paul Morigi / Mark Wallheiser, Getty Images

Beach Boys to Reportedly Perform at Inaugural Ball

Unnamed sources say the Beach Boys will play the Texas State Society's "Black Tie and Boots" inaugural ball.

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Capitol

5 Years Ago: The Beach Boys Finally Release the Troubled ‘Smile Sessions’

Up until its official arrival on Oct. 31, 2011, the Beach Boys' 'Smile' was one of music's most famous unreleased albums.

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Brother/Reprise
Brother/Reprise

45 Years Ago: The Beach Boys Try to Pull It Together for ‘Surf’s Up’

Even the Beach Boys' sunniest songs include a bittersweet tinge of melancholy, but by the early '70s, the band seemed surrounded by an inescapable gloom.

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Brothers Records, Inc.
Brothers Records, Inc.

Beach Boys’ First Recordings Collected on New Album

The Beach Boys' earliest recordings will be released on a two-disc set later this summer.

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Capitol Photo Archives

The Beach Boys, ‘Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Edition)': Album Review

Does the world need another version of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds?

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Capitol Photo Archives

How The Beach Boys Assembled Their Masterpiece, ‘Pet Sounds’

The story of 'Pet Sounds' is one of heartbreak, joy, madness, rock 'n' roll, the past, the future, the beginning of the end of the Beach Boys and so much more.

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Capitol/UMe

Beach Boys Releasing 50th Anniversary Edition of ‘Pet Sounds’

The Beach Boys will mark the 50th anniversary of their classic album Pet Sounds with a new five-disc set.

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Cindy Ord, Getty Images
Cindy Ord, Getty Images

Mike Love Plans to Tell His Side of Beach Boys Story in New Book

Mike Love is still battling for his share of Beach Boys credit.

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