America's Band - An Endless Summer
The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan's record
as the top-selling American band of all-time for albums and singles,
and they are also the American group with the most Billboard
Top 40 chart hits ever (36).
'Fifty years ago, we started something very big,' says Brian Wilson. 'So now we're celebrating together in a very big way.'
'It's pretty miraculous that
we can start out as a bunch of guys who didn't know anything
about fame or money, or anything like that,' says Mike Love.
'All we knew was we liked to sing and make harmonies together.
So to have it become part of American musical culture is
The amazing yet true saga of
The Beach Boys is well-chronicled, and
by any standard it's one of the greatest and most musical
stories ever told, and a group that has brought so much
joy and harmony to this whole world and becoming an international
The Beach Boys have always been
at heart a musical family. For five decades, The Beach Boys
- America's first pop band to reach the 50-year milestone
- has recorded and performed the music that has become the
world's favorite soundtrack to summer.
From humble roots,
founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys
were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers:
Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school
friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined
the group for their first wave of hits with Capitol Records,
leaving in late 1963. In 1965, Bruce Johnston joined
the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus
on writing and producing for the group.
The Beach Boys signed with Capitol
Records in July 1962 and released their first album, 'Surfin'
Safari,' that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the
Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its
shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style
into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration
resulted in many huge worldwide chart hits, and under
Brian Wilson's musical leadership, the band's initial surf-rock
focus was soon broadened to include many other themes, helping
make The Beach Boys America's preeminent band of the 1960s.
Then, in 1966, they recorded
perhaps the most acclaimed album of all-time, 'Pet Sounds.'
'Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best
Of The Beach Boys' has now achieved triple-platinum sales status
and 'The Smile Sessions,' released to worldwide critical
acclaim, won the Grammy Award for Best Historical Album,
and was heralded as 2011's #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling
Inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in 1988, The Beach Boys are a
beloved American institution that remains iconic around
One of music's greatest stories
continues. And that's only right because, as the record
shows, 'Good Vibrations' really are forever. - David Wild
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