Freeman had his own hit with the song at 18 and saw it covered by everyone from the Beach Boys to John Lennon.
Dismissed as another momentary fad, pretty much dead in the water by mid-1968,the influence of psychedelic rock runs long and deep.
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.
Many people mistake pop music as disposable. But from the blues to The Beatles, some of the most important artistic statements have been wrapped up in the world’s most popular songs.
The best summer songs conjure both eras and emotional to offer a mix of nostalgia and escapism. Time to sit back and unwind with this essential playlist.
‘Caribou’ found Elton John relocating to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for his follow-up to the insanely successful ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’.
From backseat singalongs to nomadic anthems, the best road trip songs capture the feeling of freedom that’s sometimes just a car ride away.
Released on 24 June 1968, the self-produced album was not successful in the US, but has steadily grown in stature.
One of the most memorable open-air events of the decade turned into a triumph for the visiting Californian heroes.
Ranging across a wide mix of styles and artists, The best Beatles covers are testament to the sheer breadth and quality of their music.
Ten historic quotes from the first decade or so of Brian and the Beach Boys’ worldwide acclaim.
The Beach Boys created the “California Dream” but beach music has its roots all over the US – or anywhere where there’s sand and restless spirits.
Forever altering the world’s perception of the humble pop song, the best Beach Boys arrangements continue to astound with their seemingly endless invention.
Worldwide changes during the Summer Of Love hit an interesting funnel in New York City in what had been a traditional centre for artists in the jazz, rhythm’n’blues and early rock’n’roll communities.
The iconic show featured some of the earliest or first televised performances of superstars including Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
“Better than anything they’ve done before,” ‘Aftermath’ found The Rolling Stones pushing pop music forward and creating a rock-era classic.