The Beach Boys originally emulated the sound of the pre-rock vocal group, The Four Freshman, who famously fused jazz with rock in the 50s.
At the dawn of rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues vocal groups from street corners across America dominated the teenage-dream world of radio.
Hailed as “America’s band”, The Beach Boys gave the world so much more than the surf-pop that made their name – as the best Beach Boys songs reveal.
Released on 24 June 1968, the self-produced album was not successful in the US, but has steadily grown in stature.
Ten historic quotes from the first decade or so of Brian and the Beach Boys’ worldwide acclaim.
How the group followed 'Surf's Up,' as they negotiated the uncertain commercial waters of the early 1970s.
The dates feature his fellow Beach Boys alumni Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin and include a night at London's Royal Albert Hall.
In celebration of the late Beach Boys singer, a special collection of some of Carl’s greatest performances.
It may not have been one of the group's most commercially successful LPs, but 'Holland' was, and remains, an admirable, self-contained and cohesive body of songs.
As well as creating their own classics, the group had a knack for reinventing other people’s songs, as our playlist shows.
The reputation of the 1970 album among the group's fans and media has only grown in later years.
The group's landmark 1971 album 'Surf's Up' was both socially relevant and evocative of their initial glory.
We turn the spotlight on the unsung Beach Boy with a specially-compiled playlist of 20 tracks featuring his finest work.
Also taking part at the fundraiser are early Beach Boy David Marks and group alumni the Honeys.
The UK rockers announced they’ll be playing their classic 1968 album ‘Odessey and Oracle’ in full, while Wilson will perform songs from 1968’s ‘Friends’ and 1971’s ‘Surf’s Up’.