The Beach Boys
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The Beach Boys Biography (Wikipedia)

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. They emerged at the vanguard of the "California Sound", initially performing original surf songs that gained international popularity for their distinct vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. Rooted in jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and doo-wop, Brian led the band in devising novel approaches to music production, arranging his compositions for studio orchestras, and experimenting with several genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and baroque styles.

The group began as a garage band managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, with Brian's creative ambitions and sophisticated songwriting abilities dominating the group's musical direction. After 1964, their albums took a different stylistic path that featured more personal lyrics, multi-layered sounds, and recording experiments. In 1966, the Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single vaulted the group to the top level of rock innovators and established the band as symbols of the nascent counterculture era. Following Smile's dissolution, 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 public image subsequently faltered, and they struggled to reclaim their commercial momentum in America. The continued success of their greatest hits albums during the mid 1970s precipitated the band's transition into an oldies act, a move that was denigrated by critics and many fans. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band's name transpired.

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California Girls
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California Girls
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Surf's Up
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Surf's Up
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Do It Again
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Do It Again
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I Get Around
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I Get Around
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Wouldn't It Be Nice
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Wouldn't It Be Nice
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Sloop John B
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Sloop John B
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Kokomo
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Kokomo
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Sail On Sailor
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Sail On Sailor
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God Only Knows
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God Only Knows
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Bluebirds Over The Mountain
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Bluebirds Over The Mountain
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Then I Kissed Her
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Then I Kissed Her
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I Can Hear Music
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I Can Hear Music
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Little Deuce Coupe
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Little Deuce Coupe
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When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)
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When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)
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