The Beach Boys
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|The Beach Boys|
The then-current touring lineup of The Beach Boys, 2008
|Origin||Hawthorne, California, USA|
|Genres||Surf rock, Sunshine pop, Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock, Baroque pop, Art rock|
|Labels||Capitol, Brother, Reprise, Caribou, X Records, Ariola, Columbia|
|Associated acts||Kenny & The Cadets
Jan and Dean
The Fat Boys
The Beach Boys are an American pop/surf rock group from Hawthorne, California. They formed in 1961, and the original members were Brian Wilson (keyboards, bass guitar), his brothers Dennis Wilson (drums) and Carl Wilson (lead guitar), their cousin Mike Love (lead vocals), and close friend Al Jardine (rhythm guitar). David Marks replaced Jardine when he went away to school; after Jardine's return Marks left the band. Bruce Johnston (keyboards) later became a regular band member, first replacing Brian Wilson on tour, then joining in on recording sessions. Many of the band's songs were about life in southern California, the beach, girls, cars, and surfing (though Dennis Wilson and Bruce Johnston were actually the only members in the group who surfed).
Their songs include "Good Vibrations", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Help Me Rhonda", "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows". Brian Wilson was influenced by people like Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector and started making music like theirs. Among critics and fans in most countries, the best-known Beach Boys album was their eleventh, Pet Sounds, which featured this kind of music. In the United States, however, Pet Sounds was the first album since their first one to not get a gold certificate in sales, and peaked at number ten, lower than all but two of their previous albums.
The band is currently on a 50th anniversary tour featuring the three living founding members (Brian Wilson, Jardine, and Love), along with Johnston and Marks.
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