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.
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.
How Mike Love Wrecked the Beach Boys' Hall of Fame Induction
Most acceptance speeches are filled with colorful history, personal stories and insights. This one was different.
Listen to Avenged Sevenfold's Cover of the Beach Boys' 'God Only Knows'
Avenged Sevenfold's latest release is a cover of the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows."
Beach Boys Revisit 'Wild Honey' Era With 'Sunshine Tomorrow' Set
The Beach Boys' 1967 Wild Honey LP is getting the expanded reissue treatment with the new double-disc set Sunshine Tomorrow, due in stores this summer.
Brian Wilson Adds More Final Performances of Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds'
Brian Wilson is offering Beach Boys fans 42 additional chances to bid farewell to 'Pet Sounds.'
Beach Boys to Reportedly Perform at Inaugural Ball
Unnamed sources say the Beach Boys will play the Texas State Society's "Black Tie and Boots" inaugural ball.