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.
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.
Brian Wilson and Beach Boys to Reunite for Town Hall Q&A
Director Rob Reiner will conduct SiriusXM conversation next month.
30 Years Ago: The Beach Boys Release Their Last No. 1, ‘Kokomo’
Brian Wilson didn’t even recognize it as his band’s work, but the 'Cocktail' soundtrack song briefly returned the group to paradise.
Guns N' Roses, Beach Boys Songs Played at Manson's Funeral
Charles Manson was cremated on March 17, 2018, and funeral guests listened to versions of his songs recorded by Guns N' Roses and the Beach Boys.
'Pet Sounds' Cover Shoot Earned the Beach Boys a Lifetime Zoo Ban
The history of the Beach Boys contains more than its share of pain and darkness, but they've never exactly been the edgiest group.