The Beach Boys Biography

The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. Initially managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, the Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in 1962. The band's early music gained popularity across the United States for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of surfing, cars and romance. During the early to mid-1960s, Brian Wilson's creative ambition and songwriting ability would dominate the group's musical direction. The primarily Wilson-composed Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single (both released in 1966) featured a complex, intricate and multi-layered sound that represented a departure from the simple surf rock of the Beach Boys' early years.

Starting in 1967, Wilson gradually ceded control to the rest of the band, reducing his input due to mental health and substance abuse issues. Though the more democratic incarnation of the Beach Boys recorded a string of albums in various musical styles that garnered international critical success, the group struggled to reclaim their commercial momentum in America, despite the period when they were the primary competitors to the Beatles. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band's name transpired. Dennis Wilson drowned in 1983 and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl's death, many different live configurations of the band fronted by Love and Bruce Johnston continued to tour into the 2000s while other members pursued solo projects. For the band's 50th anniversary, they briefly reunited as the Beach Boys for a new studio album, world tour, and career-spanning retrospective box set.

The Beach Boys have often been called "America's Band", and AllMusic stated that their "unerring ability...made them America's first, best rock band." The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them United States Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Brian Wilson to be joined by Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine at Hop Farm Music Festival

The event takes place in Kent over the weekend of July 4-6

  • Jun 25, 2014

The Beach Boys announce tour to mark 50th anniversary of 'Fun Fun Fun'

Veteran group will perform across North America and Europe this year

  • May 15, 2014

The Beach Boys invite bride on stage after sound check interrupts her wedding

Wedding guests were offered free tickets to the gig after the band's rehearsal could be heard while the couple took their vows

  • Sep 3, 2013

The Beach Boys to perform alongside JLS and The Saturdays at Hyde Park gig

Eclectic line-up for A Day At the Park event on July 7

  • May 23, 2013

Rare Beach Boys sheet music discovered in garage to be sold for £7m at auction

Thousands of items discovered in Florida are set to be sold at auction

  • Apr 10, 2013

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