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The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys (1965)
Background information
Origin Hawthorne, California, USA
Genres Surf rock, Sunshine pop, Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock, Baroque pop, Art rock
Years active 1961-present
Labels Capitol, Brother, Reprise, Caribou, X Records, Ariola, Columbia
Members
Al Jardine
Bruce Johnston
Mike Love
David Marks
Brian Wilson
Past members
Carl Wilson
Dennis Wilson
Ricky Fataar
Blondie Chaplin
Glen Campbell

The Beach Boys are an American pop/surf rock group from Hawthorne, California. They formed in 1961, and the original members were Brian Wilson (keyboards, bass guitar), his brothers Dennis Wilson (drums) and Carl Wilson (lead guitar), their cousin Mike Love (lead vocals), and close friend Al Jardine (rhythm guitar). David Marks replaced Jardine when he went away to school; after Jardine's return, Marks left the band. Bruce Johnston (keyboards) later became a regular band member, first replacing Brian Wilson on tour, then joining in on recording sessions. Many of the band's songs were about life in southern California, the beach, girls, cars, and surfing (though Dennis Wilson and Bruce Johnston were actually the only members in the group who surfed).

The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and influential bands of all time. They were one of the earliest self-contained rock bands and one of the few US bands who maintained their success before, during and after the 1964 British Invasion. Between the 1960s and 2010s, they had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them in the US Top 40 charts (the most by a US rock band), and four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. They have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time and are listed at No. 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In 2017, a study of AllMusic's catalog indicated the Beach Boys as the 6th most frequently cited artist influence in its database. The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Discography

Studio albums
  • Surfin' Safari (1962)
  • Surfin' U.S.A. (1963)
  • Surfer Girl (1963)
  • Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
  • Shut Down Volume 2 (1964)
  • All Summer Long (1964)
  • The Beach Boys' Christmas Album (1964)
  • Friends (album)|Friends (1965)
  • The Beach Boys Today! (1965)
  • Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (1965)
  • Beach Boys' Party! (1965)
  • Pet Sounds (1966)
  • Smiley Smile (1967)
  • Wild Honey (1967)
  • Friends (album)|Friends (1968)
  • 20/20 (album)|20/20 (1969)
  • Sunflower (album)|Sunflower (1970)
  • Surf's Up (1971)
  • Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" (1972)
  • Holland (album)|Holland (1973)
  • 15 Big Ones (1976)
  • Love You (1977)
  • M.I.U. Album (1978)
  • L.A. (Light Album) (1979)
  • Keepin' the Summer Alive (1980)
  • The Beach Boys (album)|The Beach Boys (1985)
  • Still Cruisin' (1989)
  • Summer in Paradise (1992)
  • Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 (1996)
  • That's Why God Made the Radio (2012)

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