The golden looks of the members of The Beach Boys helped launch them to stardom in the early 1960s with hits like “Surfin,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls” and “God Only Knows.” The band consisted of brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and family friend Al Jardine. The teens ranged in age from 15 to 19. Some months after success came their way, Jardine took a break in order to attend dental school and David Marks temporarily filled in for him in the group.Didn’t catch that? This explains it.
Stardom, family problems and other concerns took a negative toll on the eldest brother Brian who suffered two nervous breakdowns and retired from the band in 1965. Glen Campbell took his place for a brief time before embarking on a solo country music career, which opened the door for Bruce Johnston to step in to fill Brian’s spot.
Band membership took many twists and turns over the decades. In the 1970s, Carl remained as the only Wilson brother active with the group, along with Jardine, Love and new members Ricky Fataar, Blondie Chaplin and Daryl Dragon. By the time the 1980s rolled around, only Love and Jardine stood as original members of the group.