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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.

Capitol Photo Archives
Capitol Photo Archives

50 Years Ago: The Beach Boys Release 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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Fox Photos / Getty Images
Fox Photos / Getty Images

50 Years Ago: Brian Wilson Starts Recording the Beach Boys Masterpiece ‘Good Vibrations’

Sessions for the groundbreaking song began on Feb. 17, 1966.

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Getty Images
Getty Images

Why Brian Wilson Retired from the Road

Brian Wilson's apparent nervous breakdown on a flight to a Houston concert by the Beach Boys in December 1964 ended his onstage appearances for more than a decade.

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Matt Cardy, Getty Images
Matt Cardy, Getty Images

The Time the Beach Boys Fired Brian Wilson

The Beach Boys fired Brian Wilson on November 5, 1982.

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Capitol
Capitol

52 Years Ago: The Beach Boys Release a Concept Album About Cars, ‘Little Deuce Coupe’

To fully appreciate the Beach Boys' Little Deuce Coupe, you have to accept that it's possible to create a pop record with occasional moments of stunning beauty about the awesomeness of cars.

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Francois Duhamel
Francois Duhamel

Top 10 Scenes From ‘Love & Mercy’

We look at our favorite scenes from 'Love & Mercy,' the acclaimed Brian Wilson biopic.

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Beach Boys, ‘California Girls’ vs. Kinks, ‘Sunny Afternoon’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

The Beach Boys' ‘California Girls’ faces the Kinks' ‘Sunny Afternoon’ in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle.

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Mungo Jerry, ‘In the Summertime’ vs. the Beach Boys, ‘California Girls’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

We've reached the second round in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle.

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