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.
New Beach Boys 'Feel Flows' Box to Focus on 1969-71 Sessions
Hear previously unreleased song "Big Sur" ahead of set's release later this summer.
Beach Boys Sell Music Catalog to Irving Azoff-Led Company
Deal includes group's albums, intellectual property, memorabilia and more.
Hear Melvins 'F––– Around' With the Beach Boys' 'I Get Around'
They've added a staggering number of F-bombs to the 1964 hit.
Watch: Music Students Cover Beach Boys 'Pet Sounds' Album
Teens from Los Rios Rock School tackled the legendary 1966 LP.
Watch Steve Perry Cover the Beach Boys’ ‘In My Room’
Former Journey singer recorded the tune while in isolation.
Mike Love's 'Luxurious' California Home on Sale for $8.65 Million
The Beach Boys singer has put his stunning San Diego area property on the market.