After 'Pet Sounds', Brian Wilson made a move toward minimalism on The Beach Boys follow-up album 'Smiley Smile', released on 18 September 1967.
From Stylophones to pool balls, the rock canon is full of odd sounds and instrumental exotica. Here are the most unusual instruments in popular music.
Medley's first solo single 'I Can't Make It Alone,' written by Carole King, missed the chart, but he fared somewhat better with the follow-up.
The group followed 'Surfin' Safari' with the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote.
The song wasn't a chart entry for Chuck, but would win notoriety when an up-and-coming group called the Rolling Stones chose to cover it as their first single in 1963.
21st-century vocal successes are proof that, as musical revolutions have risen and fallen, the desire to sign as a group remains. And there's nothing that can move listeners more than the human...
The notion of DIY music stretches back to 19th-century flutes made from bird bone, through punk anarchy and the digital revolution.
Cass Elliot was one of the most-loved characters in 1960s and early ‘70s pop music, and one of its most distinctive voices.
The summer of 1966 brought the Californian quartet's next hit, 'I Saw Her Again.'
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.
Bruce Johnston called it a "time-trick," but 'Do It Again' went all the way to No. 1 in the UK.
The histories of the most iconic recording studios – Sun, Motown, Abbey Road – have made them almost as famous as the musicians who have recorded there.
On 23 July 1966, jazz organ genius Jimmy Smith had a lesser-known UK chart entry on the EP countdown with 'Swinging With The Incredible Jimmy Smith,' featuring 'Hobo Flats.'
At the dawn of rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues vocal groups from street corners across America dominated the teenage-dream world of radio.
The group from Hawthorne signed their historic first contract with Capitol Records on 16 July 1962.
The work of one of rock's finest session drummers, from 'Pet Sounds' and 'All Things Must Pass' to Derek and the Dominos.