5 Facts About The Beach Boys

  • The original California surfer musicians, the Beach Boys are one of the most successful and important American band of the rock music era.
  • The band was originally formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, CA, by the three Wilson brothers: Brian (bass, piano, vocals), Dennis (drums, vocals), and Carl (guitar, vocals).
  • Additional members were Mike Love (vocals), a cousin of the Wilsons', and Al Jardine (guitar, vocals).
  • From the early beginning, the focus of the group's music was Brian Wilson, who combined a fascination with vocal harmony in the Four Freshmen mold with a love of Chuck Berry-derived rock & roll. Added to that was the subject matter of middle-class teenage life in Southern California.
  • The result was massive popular success for the group during the first half of the 1960s, starting with their first chart entry, "Surfin' " in 1962.
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