- 11 Nov 2014 8:04 AM
You can judge most pop music acts by counting how many hits they've had, and how many millions of albums they've sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you're assessing the impact of The Beach Boys.
This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.
The Beach Boys have often been called "America's Band", and AllMusic stated that their "unerring ability...made them America's first, best rock band." The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them United States Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band).
The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
Happily for us all, The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago.
Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth--and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn't just a place where the surf comes to play--it's where life is renewed and made whole again.
Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year's celebrations and special events worldwide. In 1974 Mike Love's concept album Endless Summer ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world.
Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled-in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring. Highly regarded as a singer-songwriter, Johnston's vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock's elite artists.
In 2012, The Beach Boys scheduled a 74 concert date limited 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour which was scheduled as a limited run reunion tour and ended in the U.S. July 15 and internationally on Sept 28th in which the original members reunited and released "That's Why God Made the Radio," the album debuted at # 3 on the Billboard charts, their highest chart position in 37 years and an unprecedented milestone.
The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band.
Love's role as the band's front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock's foremost songwriters. "Surfin'," The Beach Boys' first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," "Help Me Rhonda," "California Girls" and the Grammy nominated "Good Vibrations." Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping "Kokomo."
On The Beach Boys' near horizon is another world tour and continued charity activities through Mike Love's Love Foundation.
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