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.
Mike Love Recalls Amazing Performances With 'Martian' Jimmy Page
Guitar legend joined the Beach Boys for a pair of shows in 1985.
Mike Love Admits Making 'Pet Sounds' 'Wasn't Always Pleasant'
He referred to Brian Wilson as 'Stalin of the Studio' while they were crafting the Beach Boys' classic.
'The Beach Boys by the Beach Boys' Anthology Book Coming in 2024
A signed limited edition is available for preorder now.
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.