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Feature Friday: Rock Evolution ... Beach Boys

Posted on July 24, 2020 at 9:55 AM

Happy Friday Ginchers,

Today is Feature Friday ... and a look at Rock Evolution ... the Beach Boys!  Do you remember seeing the Beach Boys in the early 60's, clean cut, uniform dress, and a new clean rock and roll sound.  A lot of people think of the Carolinas when they hear the term Beach Music however on the west coast, Beach Music closley relates to Surf Music and a different early rock n' roll sound.  Most groups from that California era had a similar rock feel, alot were instrumentals like the Ventures and Chantays, some were easy two part harmony like Jan & Dean and some were more folk oriented like the Mama's and the Papa's but the Beach Boys were pure Harmony!  They actually began as a garage band called the Pendletones and were managed by the Wilson Brothers Father, Murry.  In 1961 they cut a demo called "Surfin" and were signed to the Candix/ERA Record label.  The label actually changed their name to the Beach Boys.In 1962 they signed with Capitol Records and released several trunes "Surfin' Safari" and "409".  The group was marked as a Surf band but they soon grew out of that mold especially because of their almost Barbershop close knit harmonies. In 1964, most of the surf acts were replaced by the British Invasion and especially the Beatles.  There was an immediate competion between the Beatles and the Beach Boys both being part of the Capitol Records Stable.  Both had incredible writing capabilities, Lennon and McCartney  on the Beatles side and Brian Wilson on the Beach Boys side.  Both groups produced landmark albums and changed their music style with the times adding complicated instrumentation and sounds that were not common to most Rock and Roll bands.  It is said by many that "Pet Sounds" is one of the greatest rock albums of all time.  I was fortunate to meet and work with the Beach Boys a few times and spent some time with Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston when they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.  It is sad how fame can destroy some of the greatest bands in the world ... it happened to both the Beatles and the Beach Boys.  Most of the great bands contributed in the growth of Rock n' Roll ... Rock Evolution ... the Beach Boys!  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ... and, GOD Bless!


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