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.
The Beach Boys, 'Sail on Sailor - 1972': Album Review
They were in a struggle between the old and the new, between moving forward and looking back.
Hear Previously Unreleased 1972 Beach Boys Song 'Carry Me Home'
Track appears on upcoming box set 'Sail on Sailor.'
Beach Boys Announce 'Sail on Sailor - 1972' Box Set
Collection includes songs from 1972's 'Carl and the Passions - "So Tough"' and 1973's 'Holland.'
Beach Boys Launch New Music Video Series With 'Barbara Ann'
Project — also featuring "Don’t Worry Baby," "Wouldn’t It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows" — explores teenage romance between surfer and aspiring photographer.
Beach Boys Announce Year of 60th Anniversary Celebrations
'Sounds of Summer' compilation extended from 30 to 80 tracks with documentary, exhibitions and events to follow.
Why Mike Love and Van Dyke Parks Butted Heads Over ‘Cabinessence’
Argument over the song’s lyrics played a major part in the shelving of 'Smile' album.
Longtime Beach Boys Sideman Billy Hinsche Dies at 70
Multi-instrumentalist was also one-third of ‘60s pop-rock trio Dino, Desi and Billy.
Watch the Trailer for New Brian Wilson Documentary
Film chronicles the highs and lows of the Beach Boys leader's influential career.
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.