The Beach Boys are one of the most influential rock/pop music groups in recorded music history. Formed in their hometown of Hawthorn, California in the early 1960’s the original members were Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and a friend Al Jardine. Wearing white plans and candy-stripped shirts on stage, their early hits focused on the youthful California lifestyle with harmonizing that made them world wide pop music stars throughout an era when most American artist gave way to what was known as the British invasion.
In 1964 Glen Campbell replaced Brian Wilson when he withdrew from touring to give his full attention to songwriting and record producing. When Glen moved on to devote more attention to his own career, he was replaced by Bruce Johnston.
Tragedy struck the Beach boys claiming the lives of two of its original members. In 1983 Dennis Wilson died as a result of an accidental drowning and Carl Wilson died of lung cancer in 1998.
In 2006 the surviving Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of the album “Pet Sounds” and the double-platinum certification of their greatest hits album, “Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys.”
With more than 50 trips to the Hit Parade the Beach Boys will be remembered for dozens of their hits including, “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls,” “Barbara Ann,” “Sloop John B,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” “Good Vibrations,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Kokomo.”
The Beach Boys were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and the British Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2007 the Beach Boys were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. They also are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.