The Beach BoysAmerican rock band. Formed 1961
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. 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, they often incorporated classical or jazz elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways.
One of the first self-contained rock groups, the Beach Boys began as a garage band led by Brian and managed by the Wilsons' father Murry. In 1963, the group gained national prominence with a string of top-ten singles reflecting a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance, dubbed the "California sound". They were one of the few American rock bands to sustain their commercial standing during the British Invasion. From 1965, they abandoned beachgoing themes for more personal lyrics and ambitious orchestrations. In 1966, the Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single raised the group's prestige as rock innovators. After scrapping the unfinished album Smile in 1967, Brian's contributions diminished due to his mental health issues. The group's commercial momentum faltered, and despite efforts to maintain an experimental sound, they were widely dismissed by the early rock music press.
- Hear Pet Sounds for the last time livehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p055rx7y.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p055rx7y.jpg2017-06-13T08:18:00.000ZBrian Wilson talks to 6 Musict about playing Pet Sounds in its entirety for the last timehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p055rwkz
Hear Pet Sounds for the last time live
- Mary Anne Interviews Brian Wilsonhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03xbpmc.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03xbpmc.jpg2016-06-05T07:30:00.000ZBrian joins Mary Anne to reflect on the early days, the making of the Beach Boys' eleventh studio album, and gives tips for up-and-coming artists in 2016.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03xbpmf
Mary Anne Interviews Brian Wilson
- Brian Wilsonhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03wc1tj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03wc1tj.jpg2016-05-29T16:01:00.000ZJohnnie Walker caught up with the incredible Brian Wilson to chat all things 70shttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03wc1tk
- Getting to know The Beach Boys...https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p021ymqv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p021ymqv.jpg2014-07-05T07:00:00.000ZThe Beach Boys introduce themselves to the UK.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p021ymr0
Getting to know The Beach Boys...
- Why Brian Wilson faced opposition for his vision for Pet Soundshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p018f5jv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p018f5jv.jpg2013-05-01T07:00:00.000ZJohnnie and David Hepworth look at the opposition Brian Wilson faced with the new direction of Pet Sounds.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p018f5kl
Why Brian Wilson faced opposition for his vision for Pet Sounds
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