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Brian Wilson Says Beach Boys Reunion Unlikely : February 12, 2013

It’s doubtful Taylor Swift had the Beach Boys in mind when she wrote her recent hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” but she might as well have, according to Brian ...

The Beach Boys Return to the Road Summer 2013 : January 31, 2013

The Beach Boys will be on the road this spring and summer, but it's not the same lineup of the group that hit the road last year for a reunion tour. Mike Love and Bruce Johnston ...

Beach Boys Unveil 50th Anniversary Tour Dates : February 15, 2012

Just days after the band held their first public performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, the reunited Beach Boys finally have released the tour dates of their 2012 t ...

Beach Boys, Adele, Bruce Springsteen to Play Grammy Awards : February 09, 2012

Late last year it was announced that the original lineup of the Beach Boys would reunite this year for a tour and a new album to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary, and it now ...

Beach Boys Reunite, New Album & World Tour on Deck : December 16, 2011

After a tumultuous history over the past few decades that has included lawsuits and public spats, the surviving members of the Beach Boys original lineup will reunite next year to ...

Beach Boys Reunion Coming for 50th Anniversary? : May 16, 2011

To recognize their 50th anniversary, Brian Wilson is hinting the Beach Boys might reunite inside the recording studio. In an interview with BBC 6 Music, Wilson said, I am consid ...


beach boys Biography

The American rock band the Beach Boys was established in Hawthorne, California in 1961. Initially the group was comprised of Carl, Dennis and Brian Wilson, Mike Love, their cousin, and Al Jardine. Early on the band was managed by Murry Wilson, father of the three Wilson boys. Brian Wilson was the band's producer, arranger, composer and leader. He wrote most of the early albums and singles for the band. In 1962 the Beach Boys signed a contract with Capitol Records. Wilson co-wrote or wrote over twenty top 40 hits. They included "California Girls," "Help Me Rhonda," "I Get Around," "Fun, Fun Fun," "In My Room," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfer Girl," "Surfin' USA" and "Surfin' Safari." Their songs and albums were huge international hits, making the band one of the most popular of all time. The early music of the band's became popular in the U.S. due to close vocal harmonies as well as lyrics that reflected the youth culture of Southern California of love, cars and surfing. The "Pet Sounds" album released in 1966 featured a sound that was multi-layered, intricate and complex.

Brian Wilson's increasing substance abuse and mental health problems resulted in him losing control of the Beach Boys. Although they released several highly artistic albums in subsequent years, with different lineups and various musical styles, the band never did regain their mid-1960's peak in popularity. Dennis Wilson died in 1983 and Carl Wilson in 1998. After the release in 1996 of "Stars and Stripes Volume 1," a number of different band versions fronted by one of the suriving members continued to touring. In late 2011 a complete reunion was announced for 2012, which included Brian. In June 2012 the band released "That's Why God Made the Radio," the band's 29th studio album.

The Beach Boys has had 36 hits in the Top 40, 56 hits in the Hot 100 and four number one singles. The band has sold more than 100 million worldwide albums, making them on the best-selling American acts of all time.