The Beach Boys

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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 their friend Al Jardine. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influential acts of the rock era. The band drew on the music of jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound, and with Brian as composer, arranger, producer, and de facto leader, often incorporated classical or jazz elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways.

The Beach Boys began as a garage band, managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, with Brian's musicianship dominating their creative direction. In 1963, they gained national prominence with a string of hit records reflecting a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance, later dubbed the "California Sound". After 1964, they abandoned beachgoing themes for more personal lyrics and multi-layered sounds. In 1966, the Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single raised the group's prestige as rock innovators and established the band as symbols of the nascent counterculture era. Following the dissolution of the group's Smile project in 1967, Brian gradually ceded production and songwriting duties to the rest of the band, reducing his input because of mental health and substance abuse issues. The group's commercial momentum subsequently faltered, and despite efforts to continue their psychedelic ventures, they were dismissed by early rock critics as the archetypal "pop music cop-outs".

Carl took over as the band's musical leader until the late 1970s. The last time Brian would write and produce virtually an entire LP for the group was The Beach Boys Love You (1977), which is noted for its cult following. Personal struggles, creative disagreements, and the continued success of the band's greatest hits albums precipitated their transition into an oldies act. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band's name transpired. Dennis drowned in 1983 and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl's death, many live configurations of the band fronted by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston continued to tour into the 2000s while other members pursued solo projects. Even though Wilson and Jardine have not performed with Love and Johnston's band since their one-off 2012 reunion tour, they remain a part of the Beach Boys' corporation, Brother Records Inc (BRI).

The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and widely influential bands of all time. The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them US 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 No. 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In 2017, a study of AllMusic's catalog indicated the Beach Boys as the 6th most frequently cited artist influence in its database. 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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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Holland / Mount Vernon And Fairway The Beach Boys 1
I Get Around The Beach Boys 1
No Surfing Today The Beach Boys 1
Summer Crush: Songs We Love to Love The Beach Boys 1
Super Hits The Beach Boys 1
Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys 1
Surfin’ Safari The Beach Boys / Jan & Dean 1
The Beach Boys Collection The Beach Boys 1
The Best Of The Beach Boys Vol. 3 The Beach Boys 1
The Best of the Beach Boys, Volume 2 The Beach Boys 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Concert / Live in London The Beach Boys 2
2007 Live at Knebworth 1980 The Beach Boys 1
2016 Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) The Beach Boys 1

Album + Compilation + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Beach Boys’ Party! Uncovered and Unplugged The Beach Boys 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Concert The Beach Boys 5
1970 Beach Boys '69: Live in London The Beach Boys 3
1972 Wow! Great Concert! The Beach Boys 1
1973 In Concert The Beach Boys 4
1988 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys 2
1989 Surfin' Safari - Live The Beach Boys 1
1994 Lei'd in Hawaii The Beach Boys 1
1998 The Live Box (1965-1968) The Beach Boys 1
2002 Good Timin': Live At Knebworth, England 1980 The Beach Boys 6
2004 Live Hits Collection The Beach Boys 1
2006 Songs From Here & Back The Beach Boys 1
2013 Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour The Beach Boys 1
2014 Live in Sacramento 1964 The Beach Boys 1
2015 Live in Chicago 1965 The Beach Boys 1
2016 Graduation Day 1966: Live at the University of Michigan The Beach Boys 1
1971-06-27: Live at the Fillmore East The Beach Boys 1
1974-06-14: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, USA The Beach Boys 1
1982-11-26: Jamaica World Music Festival, Montego Bay, Jamaica The Beach Boys 1
Rehearsal 1967 The Beach Boys 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Endless Harmony The Beach Boys 3

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Surfin' The Beach Boys 1
1962 Barbie The Beach Boys 1
1962 Surfin' Safari The Beach Boys 2
1962 Ten Little Indians The Beach Boys 1
1963 Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys 5 1
1963 Surfer Girl The Beach Boys 1
1963 Be True to Your School The Beach Boys 1
1963 Little Saint Nick The Beach Boys 1
1963 Surfin' USA / Shut Down The Beach Boys 1
1964 I Get Around The Beach Boys 5 1
1964 The Man With All the Toys The Beach Boys 1
1964 Dance, Dance, Dance The Beach Boys 1
1964 Don't Worry Baby / I Get Around The Beach Boys 1
1964 Fun, Fun, Fun / Why Do Fools Fall in Love The Beach Boys 5 2
1964 When I Grow Up (to Be a Man) The Beach Boys 1
1965 Do You Wanna Dance The Beach Boys 1
1965 Help Me, Rhonda The Beach Boys 1
1965 California Girls The Beach Boys 1
1965 The Little Girl I Once Knew The Beach Boys 1
1965 Barbara Ann The Beach Boys 5 1
1966 Caroline, No The Beach Boys 1
1966 Sloop John B The Beach Boys 2
1966 Wouldn't It Be Nice The Beach Boys 1
1966 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 4
1966 God Only Knows The Beach Boys 1
1967 Heroes and Villains The Beach Boys 2
1967 Gettin' Hungry The Beach Boys 1
1967 Wild Honey The Beach Boys 1
1967 Darlin' The Beach Boys 1
1968 Friends The Beach Boys 1
1968 Do It Again The Beach Boys 3
1968 Bluebirds Over the Mountain / Never Learn Not to Love The Beach Boys 2
1969 I Can Hear Music The Beach Boys 2
1969 Break Away The Beach Boys 1
1969 Break Away The Beach Boys 1
1969 Cotton Fields / Time To Get Alone The Beach Boys 2
1970 Add Some Music to Your Day The Beach Boys 1
1970 Slip On Through The Beach Boys 1
1970 Tears in the Morning The Beach Boys 2
1971 Cool, Cool Water The Beach Boys 1
1971 Long Promised Road The Beach Boys 2
1971 Don't Go Near The Water The Beach Boys 1
1971 Surf's Up The Beach Boys 1
1972 Marcella The Beach Boys 1
1972 You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone The Beach Boys 1
1973 Sail On, Sailor The Beach Boys 1
1973 California Saga: California The Beach Boys 1
1973 Disney Girls (1957) The Beach Boys 1
1974 Child of Winter The Beach Boys 1
1976 Rock and Roll Music The Beach Boys 1
1976 It's OK The Beach Boys 1
1976 Everyone's in Love with You The Beach Boys 1
1977 Honkin' Down the Highway The Beach Boys 1
1979 Here Comes the Night The Beach Boys 1
1979 Good Timin' The Beach Boys 1
1979 Lady Lynda The Beach Boys 1
1979 It’s a Beautiful Day The Beach Boys 1
1980 Livin' with a Heartache The Beach Boys 1
1980 Keepin' The Summer Alive The Beach Boys 1
1980 Oh Darlin' The Beach Boys 1
1981 Come Go With Me The Beach Boys 1
1981 The Beach Boys Medley / God Only Knows The Beach Boys 1
1985 Getcha Back The Beach Boys 1
1985 It's Gettin' Late The Beach Boys 1
1986 California Dreamin' The Beach Boys 1
1986 Rock 'n' Roll to the Rescue The Beach Boys 1

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