For more than 50 years, the Beach Boys have produced songs that can rightfully be labeled as “legendary.” Iconic tunes such as “Surfer Girl,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “In My Room,” “God Only Knows,” “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations” and “Sail On Sailor” have become ingrained into the musical psyche of the world.
Formed in 1961 by brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, along with their cousin Mike Love and Al Jardine, the Beach Boys grew to national prominence by utilizing beautiful harmonies and “college-boy” appeal. When the Beatles took America by storm in 1964, Brian felt both threatened and challenged by this “ new wave” of rock ‘n roll and devoted nearly every waking moment attempting to equal it.I was looking for more information and found it here. And, despite issues of drug abuse and mental instability, he succeeded.
The Beach Boys have undergone numerous personnel changes over 50 years. Brian, due to paralyzing stage fright, stopped appearing live with the band in 1965, and was replaced by Bruce Johnston. Other personnel changes occurred with the tragic drowning death of Dennis Wilson in 1983, along with Carl Wilson’s death from cancer in 1998.
The Beach Boys are currently on the road with their “Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour.” The scheduled four-month long tour will visit North America, Europe and Japan. Three of the band’s original lineup (Brian Wilson, Love, Jardine), are participating, while Bruce Johnston and early 60′s member David Marks are also among the band’s nucleus.