The Beach Boys, which is one of the most influential boy bands of the rock era, traces back it’s origin to Hawthorne, California, in 1961. The group specialized in genres of rock, pop, surf, and psychedelia. The past members of the group consisted of Brian, Dennis, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine. Their style of playing was unique, and they often mixed classical with rock and roll.
Brian was their composer, and he often discovered many innovative ways of playing, which helped the group to attract a large fan base. The group faced many unfortunate events. Carl eventually died from lung cancer in 1998, Dennis drowned in 1983 and Brian left the group around the 1990s. They, however, stayed strong and recruited new members and continued to give chart-breaking songs.
Brian, along with his brothers Dennis and Carl, his neighbor David Marks, his cousin Mile Love, and his classmate Al Jardine started the band as a garage band, which was managed by Wilson’s father Murry, who is also a songwriter. The first named their band as “The Pendletones,” and their first song was “Surfin,” which was not liked by their manager. They were first signed by Candix Records and Era Records and release their first single under them.
The group name was soon changed to “The Beach Boys,” and their single, “Surfin,” was appreciated by people all over the world, and it eventually reached #75 on the national Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their first gig was at Ritchie Valens Memorial Dance in Long Beach on New Year’s Eve in 1961, and they earned $300 for it. Al Jardine was replaced by David Marks in 1962 when he went to study dentistry and hence left the group.
Capital Records approached them, and they signed a seven-year contract with the label company and released “409”, their second single under them. Their first album, Surfin’ Safari, was well received by the critics as it was very different from all the other albums of that time as it consisted of original songs written by the band members.
Around 1963, Brian started producing singles, such as “Surf City” for other artists such as Jan and Dean, “The Honeys” and many more. This act was not well-received by his father and the group’s manager, as he felt like Brian should focus on his group rather than helping other people.
Brian soon left the group, but the group didn’t stop there and released albums like Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Shut Down Volume 2, All Summer Long, The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album, The Beach Boys Today!, Summer Days ( And Summer Nights!!), Beach Boys’ Party!, Pet Sounds, Smiley Smile, Wild Honey, Friends, 20/20, Sunflower, Surf’s Up, Carl and the Passions- “So Tough,” Holland, 15 Big Ones, The Beach Boys Love You, M.I.U. Album, and many more.
After the release of their album, Reprise M.I.U, Albumin 1978, CBS records approached them, and The Beach Boys signed a contract with them and released L.A. (Light Album ) under them, which was not a big hot. They soon hired Johnston for the position of the producer that Brian left empty when he left the group. They released the album, “Good Timin” under his leadership.
The year of 1980 brought darkness upon the group as their former member Brian overdosed on a combination of alcohol and cocaine, and Dennis and Love got a restraining order against each other due to escalating tensions between them. But, despite all that, they kept going and released another album, entitled “Kokomo,” which was at the top of the chart for one week.
The period of darkness again returned in the 1990s when a lawsuit was filed by Brian against the group to reclaim the rights to his songs. But, the major set back of the group was when Carl died from lung cancer on 6th February 1998. The band disbanded after his death.
The group, however, reunited with members Wilson, Love, Jardine, Johnston, and Mark on December 16, 2011, when they released a single to raise money for the earthquake victims of 2011. In recent years, Wilson, Jardine, and Marks tour as a trio, while Love and Johnston perform under their old band name, The Beach Boys. The band, however, continued to face many controversies and never reunited properly.
Awards & Achievements
The Group had a major effect on their hometown, California, where they had a landmark of their name called Beach Boys Historic Landmark, which was dedicated to them on 20th May 2005. They also gained a Hollywood Walk of Fame on 30th December 1980.
Net Worth of The Beach Boys in 2020
As of July 2020, The net worth of The Beach Boys is more than $100 million. They earned this net worth by releasing many hit albums and singles. The group had a unique style of playing, which attracted a large number of fans. The group started in 1961 as a garage band and took the music industry by a wave and, therefore, left a remarkable impact on the music industry.
The Beach Boys is an American boy-band who has delivered many albums and singles during their career. The faced many difficulties and controversies during their time but rose above them each time. The group had a unique style of playing, which attracted a large number of fans. The group started in 1961 as a garage band and took the music industry by a wave and, therefore, left a remarkable impact on the music industry.