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Totally cool

I see this has been dealt with. Super. Thankyou TUF-KAT for your efforts in this area! Much appreciated, especially given my reappearance on the Wiki shores! Bobo192 20:02, 13 Sep 2004 (UTC)


This article is a huge, unorganized lump, most of it about the history of the Beach Boys. Somebody familiar with them should separate it into sections (e.g. band members, history, popular following/culture, etc.). Adding Cleanup tag

Hi there TexasDex. I've just looked at the article one more time, and I have to say that I agree. I'm guilty personally of concentrating so much more on the album discography instead of the main band page. I'll see what I can think up. Thank you for the tagging. Bobo192 17:23, 12 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Manson paragraph

I took this out:

In the late 1960's they we're also connected, along with the Beatles, to the Charles Manson series of events. Though as soon as it was reported (before the Polanski incidents) that Manson had killed a local drug dealer, the Beach Boys attempted to distance themselves from the soon to be notorious killer.

I think there should be something in the article about the Manson connection, but it shouldn't be the second paragraph, as this was. Also, this is so vague and poorly-written that it's not very helpful. --Chowbok 04:15, May 21, 2005 (UTC)

Agree it merits mention, as he may even have had some input on one of their songs. Sfahey 04:27, 21 May 2005 (UTC)
Hasn't that old myth been laid to rest yet? Trekphiler 01:14, 22 December 2005 (UTC)
What myth? Manson wrote "Never Learn Not to Love", a late-60's Beach Boys single. --Chowbok 03:28, 22 December 2005 (UTC)
It is not a myth that Manson had connection wit da Beach Boys. --Localboy 00:11, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

while manson may have had some ties with the BB, in the big scheme of things - he was unimportant - they basically solidified a genre of music and of course, Brian Wilson is usually noted as one of America's greatest composers. And by the time of Manson's involvement with members of the BB, they had released some 15-20 LP's and had a few dozen hits. It would be different if he was there from the beginning or wrote a few of their hit songs but he basically was a hanger on in an era when each band had hundreds of hanger-ons - he just happened to a psycho murderer so it's worth noting but in the scheme of the BB career - a minor footnote.


I thought only Dennis was ever connected to Manson. I also thought Manson only worte the lyrics to "Never Learn Not to Love". Can someone clear this up? -- Abstrator

I'm certain it was only Dennis. I think "Cease To Exist" (as it was originally called) was a complete song, but it seems as if Dennis re-arranged it and changed the lyrics, as Manson apparently said to Dennis: 'You can change the music, but don't fuck with my lyrics' or words to that effect -- WhichOne'sPink? 19:01, 16 June 2006 (UTC)

Dennis was the one who had the connection to Manson and thought him to be a talented "artist." The other band mates were consistently freaked out by him and I cannot remember the exact episode, but some ridiculously drastic episode occurred that made Dennis realize that Manson was not someone he wanted to be associated with. Shortly after that, I believe, is when Manson went on to uh, well, you know. ~Wiki Newb~

Photo caption

Could we get some sort of a, "From left to right: Carl, Brian, Dennis, Mike, Al" thing for the photo caption? While sure, it's depressing that I don't know, it'll be even worse one generation, or two generations, or more down the track, when such knowledge will have dwindled even further. In three words: "Which one's which?" Actually, you could argue that that's only two words. But don't. Because who cares. - Vague | Rant 13:04, Jun 5, 2005 (UTC)

I did a couple of the photos. Bruce Johnston appears in the last one, but I dunno if that is David Marks again on the right. Anyone else know? Sfahey 18:14, 6 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Updated photo captions with names/links Roygbiv666 4 July 2005 21:07 (UTC)

Surely Wikipedia should avoid diminishing Mike Love's role and contributions

It is a travesty to compare Carl Wilson's role as a singer as equivalent to Mike Love's role as a lead vocalist during the period from 1961 to 1967 when the Beach Boys were regularly hitting the charts. I won't play down the role that Carl played, the essential lead guitarist, but it's a fact that Carl only sang lead on one song during that period, on Pet Sounds "God Only Knows". Mike sang lead on these songs: Surfin, 409, Surfin Safrari, Surfer's Rule, Our Car Club, Surfin USA, Little Deuce Coupe, Little Honda, Fun Fun Fun, Be True To Your School, Little Saint Nick, When I Grow Up To Be A Man, I Get Around, California Girls, Let's Do It Again. He also co-wrote most of these songs and many others. Go check out the Beach Boys Discography at What you'll find is that if Mike Love only sang the lead on a couple of songs per album, the undeniable fact is that it was those songs that were the hits from the albums. It was, therefore, the success that the Beach Boys enjoyed from the songs that Mike was singing and making into hits that afforded Brian the ability to write the music that filled out the rest of the albums. Equally important, it was the success that the touring members of the Beach Boys established that made it possible for the band to survive and thrive, affording Brian the opportunity to avoid being totally consumed by his own excesses and eccentricities. Mike Love knew that the Beach Boys music that the public wanted to hear was Fun Fun Fun, Surfin USA and Kokomo, and not She's Goin Bald, Vegetables or Wonderful, some of the more forgettable Van Dyke Parks 'contributions'. Of course later there were other major contributors, Carl, Dennis, Jack Reiley and all the others. They were all essential, they were all loved, they all contributed in so many ways, for so many years, and it continues today. Mike and Bruce still fill the stands at county fairs, bringing as much of the Beach Boys to today's fans as is possible. Let's not slight them for doing that. They should be only admired for doing it. The Beach Boys is not a band any longer, perphaps, but it's a cultural heritage. Mike and Bruce don't have to get out there still, after 43 years, but they do. Let's be fair to them - and to ourselves - the Beach Boys live on because of them, and not without them. In the future I hope you will let the facts sway you more than your empathy for Brian's life. Brian was, in a very real sense, just one of the Beach Boys, just as John Lennon was one of The Beatles. Mike Love was (and still is) one of the Beach Boys that the public can still see today. Let's not berate him or his role in the history of the Beach Boys for that. GeneMosher

I don't see any disrespect or intentional diminishing of anybody's role, it's just that the article has developed with a focus on the timeframe where Brian dominated. I think the way to address this would be to fill out the "early days" section with more detail, including documentation of Carl and the others' contribution. Right now most of the article focuses on the Pet Sounds/Smile period, which rightly is Brian-intensive. This is an invitation for you to contribute, by the way. Jgm 12:53, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC)
I agree. Relax. The sentence in question had to do with BW working with a new LYRICIST, which is why I thought the lead singer thing was not relevant, whether correct or not. BTW, critics would certainly rate Carl the best guitarist, and for my money he had the best voice as well, while Mike Love sang all those sing-songy nasal "fun" songs. Sfahey 17:30, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC)

To correct a statement made above: Carl sang leads on about a dozen songs that I know of during the period of 1961-67, including the following : Please Let Me Wonder, Girl Don't Tell Me, God Only Knows, Good Vibrations, Wild Honey, Darlin.

Perhaps it was Mike himself who wrote some of the above remarks. I agree that the article shouldn't be present a negative bias about Mike. Still, I think it is fair to indicate that his role in the songwriting is not as extensive as would be suggested by the number of Wilson/Love credits. If anyone disagrees with the following, I'd like to know why:

Mike's contributuins were almost entirely limited to lyrics, and in most cases he only co-wrote them. In fact, judging by his own remarks in interviews, and the remarks of others, he often only contributed a line or two. This makes sense, if you reason it out: Before the credits were revised to add his name to many songs, he *was* credited regularly as co-author on songs even in the early years. How much sense does it make that he would have allowed his name to be omitted from so many songs, album after album, for four or five years, *if* he had contributed any more than minor touches? I read his comments on I Get Around where he makes a big deal about the fact that he wrote the line "Round, round, git around" - an important line, but perhaps all he added.

As for Carl, if Mike should have had co-writing credit for a few words, Carl should have had co-composer credit for composing the guitar solos in many songs. Or perhaps the Beach Boys, and others, should have done as the Doors did and credit songs to the group? I intend these remarks as rhetorical. What's done is done, but what's important is that we make a realistic assessment.

So, I don't think Mike deserves for posterity to credit him to the degree "Wilson/Love" suggests (like Rogers/Hammerstein, or Bacharach/David). I think the truth is that Brian primarily wrote the songs Mike's name was later added to, and that usually Mike merely suggested a few tweaks to the lyrics. Documented remarks and common sense suggest this. I think it is valid for this to be somehow indicated in the article without suggesting an anti-Mike bias. -- abstrator Abstrator 23:50, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

Are You Kidding?

You wrote (i.e., restored) these statments, without verification. I challenge you to verify them, to provide proof that they are truthful. If you can't do this, then you should NOT restore them and assert them to be factual.

The actual legal document filed contains many half-truths and inaccuracies, including everything from crediting Mike as the main force behind the group and accusing Al Jardine of mental instabilities all the way down to getting the names of Brian’s song titles incorrect (i.e. ‘Love and Money’ instead of Brian’s trademark ‘Love and Mercy’.)

Can you provide any support to your assertion to the effect that Mike Love (who is the ONLY member of the original group to attend EVERY SINGLE Beach Boys Concert ever held in the past 43 years) is NOT the main force behing the group today? Who might be, then? Do you have any support to your assertion that, again, in the context of the lawsuit, Al Jardine does not suffer from 'mental instabilities'. You can't use Wikipedia assert that a claim in a pending lawsuit is untrue without some kind of evidence. Wikipedia (i.e., you) has no business going there. Instead of paraphrasing what the lawsuit specifies, how about actually quoting it? Is it a half truth or an inaccuracy that the song title is incorrect? You assert that it is. On what basis?

Mike Love hasn't attended every single concert by any means, he put off a tour to tour with his own band celebration, which featured several Brian Wilson songs on their 2 albums. Mike put off and skipped dates for the Celebration tour and also in the early 90s he missed somewhere around half a tour. Furthermore since the beach boys are not a creating entity any longer, the people behind the band or BRI (brither records incorporated) which consists of carl's estate, brian, al, mike, and dennis' estate. Bruce is absent and all the original members have equal say, therefore the driving force is the board of BRI, not mike, not brian. both have solo albums in the works anyways.
Most independent observers believe that this suit is not really about any of the damages Mike Love claims, but in reality the beginning of a struggle for the rights to use the name “The Beach Boys” in future recordings and performances. Mike Love was granted that license by BRI (the corporate entity behind the Beach Boys), has vigorously defended it, and looks like he will stop at nothing to retain it.

The part about "not really about the claims... but a struggle for the rights to use the name" is pure speculation and can be construed as actionable libel, I'll wager, and is represented here as nothing more than an undocumented (not to mention unproveable) opinion. The part about "he will stop at nothing to retain the license" can also be construed as a libelous. If Mike Love and/or The Beach Boys decides that it is your intention to libel them then you are going to end up as a defendant of a lawsuit yourself and you're going to make Wikipedia look worse than it does already.

It was documented earlier in this talk page, by the way, that Brian specifically denies that he's a member of The Beach Boys, yet there it is, "(1961–present) - still officially a member though not a touring member". Do you care what Brian says about this? (Guardian, January, 2004) "I'm proud of Mike. He's licensed the Beach Boys name, so he's the Beach Boys - and Al Jardine is Al Jardine and I'm Brian Wilson." and later "I tried to call Mike last night but his phone was disconnected. I wanted to break the ice and see how he feels about music and life and everything, but I couldn't get hold of him." Take a lesson from Brian, why don't you?

Since 1998, Mike Love has scrupulously fulfilled his license obligations, using the trademark to perform as The Beach Boys in approximately 150 live Beach Boy concerts annually worldwide. He has paid over eleven million dollars to BRI as royalties on this license (25% of which goes to Jardine!). What do you say to all those people at all those concerts every year? Do you tell them they just don't understand something that you do about The Beach Boys?

I think these statements on The Beach Boys page represent some of the worst of Wikipedia. If it were up to Brian the last Concert Tour of the Beach Boys would have been in 1964 and history would be very different from what it is. Mike and the others accepted that they would carry on without Brian on Tour, just as Brian accepted that it was Mike's lead on a song that typically meant it would go high on the charts, even to number one (I Get Around). Don't Worry Baby was a better song to me, but it only rose to #24. Without the strength of the Hits, the tunes that Mike sang, Capitol would have never even given Brian access to the recording studio! Don't the facts and history impress you at all? Like Brian and Hate Mike if you want to, but leave it out of Wikipedia. Don't you feel embarrassed to use Wikipedia to have your prejudices hanging out all over the place at the expense of the facts? GeneMosher 19:38, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

Capital thought Brian did everything, Brian chose who to put on on Capital hated Pet Sounds but allowed Brian to do what he wanted. Your point is lame.

I agree: there should only be a sentence or so about the 2005 Love v. Wilson lawsuit, as the facts have yet to emerge. The allegations appearing in court-filed documents and in public statements cannot possibly be substantiated, yet. ~SMW

To say that Mike Love had any sort of a huge impact on the Beach Boys success is ridiculous. Brian was obviously the helmsman of the group, though in the 70's it was mainly Carl's compositions on the albums. Love was mearly a lyracist and was against a large amount of Brian's creative expansion. He was also only regarded as the lead vocalist as he could not play an instrument, so all he did was sing. He definatly was not there because he had the best voice. - MH

MH, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. "In the 70s it was mainly Carl's compositions on the albums" was it? So Feel Flows, Long Promised Road, Trader, Angel Come Home, Goin' South and Full Sail, plus a couple of cowrites with Al Jardine, make up the majority of the nine albums recorded and released in the 70s do they? Brian Wilson is very obviously the main reason for the Beach Boys' success, but it's a fact that Love sang lead on a majority of the band's US hits, and on a majority of tracks on their most successful US albums (the band's hits outside the US were mostly later, and usually had Carl or Al vocals), and that he has a cowriting credit on all four of the band's US number 1 hits (as well as on Do It Again, a UK number 1). And as for him not being 'there because he had the best voice', while I personally dislike Love's voice in the tenor range (I like his bass vocals), Brian Wilson disagrees. See for example the interview he gave to VOX magazine in 1995, at a time when he wasn't especially friendly with the band. He says Love is the 'second best' singer working in rock music (after Danny Hutton), while Carl 'can't sing for shit' and Al is a nice guy but not a great singer. One can certainly argue that the band's *artistic* successes have nothing to do with Love - the man has no great talent that I can see, and seems to have opposed most of the more interesting moves Brian Wilson made over the years (though interestingly not the Love You album, which he was a big champion of), but to deny him a role in the band's *commercial* success, at least in the US, is just ignorant. Stealth Munchkin 15:44, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

Marcella Chart Position

According to the discography on Brian Wilson's website, Marcella reached #110 in the USA on the Billboard charts. All the other information there is accurate so I don't see why this wouldn't be. I added it to the article. --Analogdemon (talk) 15:42, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

Hi nick ,,,he is a monkey

Guitarist Daniel

Anybody remember the name of the guitarist who joined the band sometime in the 80's for a while who's name was Daniel? I forget the full name. --Localboy 00:09, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

Mike Love (alone) recorded in UK [02/1982] with Adrian Baker who remained close to the group. Never heard about a young ? man named Daniel...

Nov.5, 1982: Brian was fired from group by the other band members... Stephan KŒNIG 03:04, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

Scott Hogan

Scott Hogan. Any info about dat kid: who he was and what his was his thing wit da band? He is in photos and was hanging out wit them alots like some kinda of mascot. --Localboy 00:15, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

dat? da? wow...anyways, where are these photos? around what time era? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:32, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

U.S. discography and chart positiions

Think I'll add some day other missing singles and EPs and their chart positions onto this page. Stephan KŒNIG 17:45, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

Feel free. --Analogdemon (talk) 18:39, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, dear. Never saw them in Europe....But the Bob Geldof's Live 1985...Wanna get the logo (clam shell)? (with kind permission of B.G. and Rodden Shaw of the Live8live team Internet Staff. No problem. :-)

Listening to these cassettes in my car is still a great pleasure to me: Enough like this... :-) Stephan KŒNIG 20:57, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

Don't understand anything with the (C)'s. UK: as "free for any purpose"... Stephan KŒNIG 00:35, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

SHould the Discography be a link to a separate article? Roygbiv666 01:57, 12 June 2006 (UTC)

I'm not a fan but I got a rare disc to add... their first pressing on x label. Mdoc7 13:04, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Additional information

  • Little Davy Summers aka Russ Regan, the man who named The Beach Boys - added to text by Rikstar 11:42, 4 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Barbie / What is a young girl made of: 04/62 (Kenny and The Cadets, Brian Wilson on (back-up vcl? or lead?) (Randy 422) DNC
  • My stingray: The Four Speeds feat. Dennis Wilson in the lineup/line-up albeit (marked his last recorded appearance with the Four Speeds...
  • Shut down: US 23, 3rd.04.1963
  • Little deuce coupe: US 15, 22nd.07.63
  • In my room: US 23, 28th.10.1963
  • Why do fools fall in love: US 120!, 2nd.03.64
  • Don't worry baby: US 24, 11th.05.64
  • "The monkey's uncle" (feat. uncredited background/back-up vocals by the B.B. [from the Walt Disney Motion Picture of the same name]/US chart:??-->DNC?/"How will I know my love" (from Annette's new Vista LP "Something borrowed, something blue"), with uncredited orchestral accompaniment directed by Tutti (Salavatore) Camarata. Produced by Camarata, Buena VISTA Records F-440 (matrix 3401), Walt Disney Music, ASCAP, 1964/65. Pretty good. :-)
  • She knows me too well: US 101!, 08/64
  • "Four by the Beach Boys", 21st.09.64

1. Wendy: US 44 2. Don't back down: DNC 3. Little Honda: US 65 4. Hushabye: DNC

  • Please let me wonder: US 52, 15th.02.65
  • Barbara Ann: Cash Box #1 (o.v. as by The Regents on Roulette, 1961)
  • God only knows: US 39, 8th.01.66 [2 UK]
  • Sound of free/??????????, 12/70: Dennis Wilson and Rumbo (UK only) DNC
  • Sail on sailor: reentered the UK chart in 1975 and peaked at #49
  • It's OK, 09/76: feat. sax work by Wizzard's Roy Wood (former The Electric Light Orchestra [ELO])
  • Runnin' around the world/One good reason, 1981: Mike Love, BOARDWALK -Entertainment CO.- (in France, distributed by VOGUE P.I.P.), # 101576
  • 1984: The B.B. made a one-off recording with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, "East meets West" issued on the Four Seasons' own label FBI (DNC)
  • Oct.86: Good music as by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts with backing vocals by the B.B. (ex-The Runaways: saw them in Belgium (unfortunately without Cherrie Currie) :-)), US 83, Boardwalk -Entertainment CO.-, unknown reference (sure not too hard to find)
  • Wipe out/???????, 09/87: The Fat Boys w. the B.B., Tin Pan Apple (US/UK) 2 UK; 12 US
  • Wouldn't it be nice: UK chart 58, 06/90
  • Good vibrations: reentered the UK chart in 07/76 at #18 [maybe already listed?]
  • California dreamin'/Lady Liberty: 10/86, 12-string gtr played by Roger McGuinn (former known as Jim) of The Byrds, US 57 [Barry McGuire recorded the o.v. a few weeks earlier just before The Mamas and The Papas back in the late 1965...]
  • Kokomo/Tutti frutti-->Richard Wayne Penniman :-): Elektra/WEA Int'l 7-68385
  • Hold on/?????, 05/1990: Wendy and Carnie Wilson-->Brian's daughters; 1 US, 9th.06.1990 (exactly 25 years after The B.B.'s Help me Rhonda was at #1).
  • Fun fun fun (short version)[to become a longer version on the forthcoming album Don't Stop (30th Anniversary Album), 731453103528, 11th.04.96]: credited as "Status Quo featuring the Beach Boys on backing vocals", Polydor/PolyGram UK [Deutsche Grammophon DE = Germany)], 02/96, UK 24 (one day, Parfitt and Rossi and the others thought wouldn't it be nice to record this song and asked the B.B. to re-record it with them..CDs Polydor/PolyGram TV 576 262-2, 02/96 [Status Quo: "The Hit Machine"-boogie blues ahead. Saw them twice in Belgium :-)]
  • Additional info on above: nowadays, Polydor + RSO + MCA/DECCA + Motown and many others are (still) owned by the French Vivendi Universal Conglomerate (known as Universal Music, UK/FR and also known as Universal Records Motown Group, USA) which repurchased the Universal Studios (!) back in the late 90's...The Americans at Universal's Studios thought the Frenchmen were laughing...S.Koenig

Think I have to look back the singles disco. See you later. Stephan KŒNIG 22:23, 1 March 2006 (UTC) [GMT + 1) :-)


This article really needs a picture(s). Can we use one of the albumcover pictures, or is that outside of fair use? Eivindspeak! 02:12, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Changes to "Mid-career brings a change in leadership"

I made some changes which may require explanation for some.

The uneven mix of styles on Carl and the Passions-"So Tough" doesn't warrant "a unique, R&B-flavored LP". As for "Sail On, Sailor", #79 and #49 do not warrant "it hit the charts in both 1973 and 1975."

I can't accept at all the remarks on the album "Love You", that it "reflected both Wilson's continuing retreat from the world ("Johnny Carson," "Solar System") and his continued introspection ("Airplane," "The Night Was So Young"). "If Mars had life on it/I might find my wife on it" from "Solar System" sums up the oddball preoccupations of Love You " No, the album reflects a *return* to the world, writing and performing songs. "Johnny Carson" is a funny song written about seven years earlier. "Solar System" is a cute children's song. And "introspection" ? I ask anyone who questions my removing *that* to listen to the songs. While a few songs are embarrassing, most of the songs are just catchy pop. It's a mistake to make almost everything about Brian's famous problems.

Abstrator 08:52, 15 May 2006 (UTC)

Why aren't there any pics of the people in the beach boys? just album covers!!


" caught the mood of the country and surged to #1..."

1974 was a terrible year for the USA's mood. Watergate. Vietnam collapsing, the first oil crisis. Maybe this clause should be dropped, or changed to " provided a mood boost the country sorely needed and surged to #1..." 19:48, 23 May 2006 (UTC)

needs more pictures

This article has massive voids of text and needs more pics. Any suggestions as to which? M.C. Brown Shoes 11:05, 25 May 2006 (UTC)

Do you want images of label shots and pic covers? 22:06, 26 May 2006 (UTC) (S.K.)


Does anyone else think that the beach boys infobox should be changed from the current version (see here) to something like this:

The Beach Boys
Brian Wilson | Carl Wilson | Dennis Wilson | Mike Love | Al Jardine | Bruce Johnston
Nick Venet | Brian Wilson | Chuck Britz | Capitol Records | Brother Records
Studio Albums
Surfin' Safari (1962) | Surfin' USA (1963) | Surfer Girl (1963) | Little Deuce Coupe (1963) | Shut Down Volume 2 (1964) | All Summer Long (1964) | The Beach Boys' Christmas Album (1964) | The Beach Boys Today! (1965) | Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) (1965) | Pet Sounds (1966) | Smiley Smile (1967) | Wild Honey (1967) | Friends (1968) | 20/20 (1969) | Sunflower (1970) | Surf's Up (1971) | Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" (1972) | 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 (1985) | Still Cruisin' (1989) | Summer In Paradise (1992) | Stars And Stripes Vol. 1 (1996)
Related Articles
Song List | Lead Vocalists | Sea of Tunes | Discography | Solo Discography

Although I really dont mind if people would like to edit it but I just think it needs to be more advanced. Thanks --Sahafan 03:17, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

I don't like how the touring beach boys are listed as members. If people like Mike Kowalski are listed as members then why aren't people like Billy Hinsche listed as former members. There should be a solution between Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who are obviously still Beach Boys, and Brian, Carl, Dennis, Al, Rikki, Blondie, David, and Glen, who I would consider former beach boys and then all of the others who should be in a separate category.

The Beach Boys singles and B-sides categories

As many of you may know, a major change has happened in the categorizing of songs: All category:Singles by artist subcategories have been merged into their category:Songs by artist counterparts. With the successful passage of CFR discussions on April 28, June 9 and July 5, and the likely passage of one from July 11, all such categories except category:The Beach Boys singles, category:The Beach Boys B-sides, and similar categories for the Beatles have been merged. What I'd like to know is, before I propose the merging of these Beach Boys categories into category:The Beach Boys songs, is there any kind of different sorting people would like to do? Or do people believe that the Beach Boys and Beatles should be the only artists with this kind of categorization scheme?--Mike Selinker 04:48, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

Here's the heads-up on the nomination at Wikipedia:Categories for deletion. All other groups except the Beatles have been merged to (X) songs. Nothing has been decided yet, so chime in there.--Mike Selinker 06:48, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

The Beach Boys lineups

Why does the section "The Beach Boys lineups" omit Brian during periods of the 70s and later when he was a singer, musician, and songwriter on the albums? is the section only referring to the touring band? If so, it should be made clear. 23:51, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

In a similar vein: Dennis is only mentioned as being the drummer, in spite of him contributing vocally (lead and backing) on both albums and tours. To my opinion, he should therefore be listed as 'Dennis Wilson - drums, vocals'. 11:40, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

Furthermore, Brian was at a lot of shows from 76-96. Between his showing up at a lot of concerts and contributing to all of the albums he should be considered a member on the lineup lists. Between 78-82 He was probably just as big a part as Dennis was.

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My personal suggestion is that the lineup table and a little text be split out to a new article. It would be so much easier to read. See for example Past members of AC/DC. --kingboyk 00:55, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

John Stamos is currently listed as a past member of the band, but the article makes no mention of his involvement, nor is he listed in any of the membership rosters.

I think he happened to be an "occasional" drummer. WAVY 10 12:41, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
I think Stamos should be removed from the lineup. Whatever he's done (besides being on Full House with them) can included in the body of the article.

Small Names in Info Box

The text "Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson and Mike Love" is so small that it becomes nothing but blurred pixels on my computer (Firefox on Win2K, default font sizes). I know that it will wrap to multiple lines if the <small> tags are removed, but unreadable text isn't very useful. Thoughts? —TheMuuj Talk 01:41, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

Yeh I agree with you, I think somebody needs to come up with a solution for it -- Sahafan 01:39, 30 July 2006 (UTC)

Brian Wilson & Alan Jardine are still memebers of the Beach Boys, but they don´t tour with the Beach Boys Band anymore


In the article, there is a few diffrent spellings. Which one is correct? The Pendletones, The Pendeltones, The Pendletons or The Pendeltons?

Please change the diffrent spellings to the one that is correct. 02:10, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

Court Battles

This section refers repeatedly to "Wilson" - but which one? Dhollm 13:12, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

I'd hazard a guess at the one who is alive? Ianbittiner 08:55, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Missing Compilation Album

This 1986 compilation album needs to be added to the discography:

It was the first Beach Boys album I ever owned, and I was surprised to not see it in the list. Luckily, it already had a page. It just needs to be linked properly. (cobalt)

Brian not touring in 65'

this video begs to differ Although the date could be wrong, it would make sense to be 65' as rhonda was just released as a single. Thoughts?

  • At that point, Brian would do TV shows and special appearances. Before Bruce joined, he would also do live dates when Glen had other commitments. MookieZ 14:21, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

John Stamos

OK, John Stamos: not a Beach Boy. He was a friend, occasionally played shows with them, appeared in the Kokomo video, and had the band on his TV show many times. He never: recorded with the band, shared in the band's profits, was an official member of the touring band... Anything that would actually make him a member of a band.

(Yes, his version of Dennis Wilson's "Forever" is on Summer in Paradise, but he recorded that separately from the Beach Boys and was put on the album... I don't know... to make a bad album worse?)

But, I have seen that this has gone back and forth once or twice, so I'm not going to make the edit right now. I'll do it later on this week unless there are strong objections. (If anyone else wants to do it, feel free to be bold.) MookieZ 04:46, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

Seriously? People are really trying to claim John Stamos was a real member of the Beach Boys? They'd have better luck trying to convince people that John Cowsill or Ed Carter were members... which they weren't either.. so take John Stamos off.

I have removed John Stamos as a 'member'. I'm sure someone with more knowledge than me can fit him into the 'lineups' section, but as seems to have been agreed above, he most certainly was not a member.

John was a honorary member of the Beach Boys. That is fact. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

A) Do you have a source for that? B) Even if true, it doesn't mean anything. When Bob Dylan got an honorary doctorate from Princeton, he didn't become an actual doctor. MookieZ 20:03, 18 July 2007 (UTC)

Well, he DID tour with them occasionally as a "band member." Perhaps he should be included in the article SOMEWHERE (as an aside?) just for the sake of trivia and/or it being a somewhat interesting fact. It's not often a rock band THIS big has a TV actor "tour" with them for several performances--I'm just thinking it deserves mention. Who knows! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:06, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

Dubious References

I'd like to call to attention the over-reliance on "Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story" as a primary reference in this article. The book is dubious at best, has been called "garbage" by Wilson himself on numerous occasions, is very landy-biased, was almost completely ghost written, and borrows heavily from "Heroes and Villians: The True Story of the Beach Boys" (which is a FAR better source for this kind of information). Someone really ought to re-do this page so that it cites Wouldn't It Be Nice far less. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:10, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Mid Career Brings Changes

The sentence from this section of the article which I have copied below, is confusing. Perhaps it could be rewritten or broken into two sentences to reduce the confusion. I don't want to rewrite it, because I am still not sure exactly what it is saying.

"Continuing with Fataar and Chaplin, and percussionist Kevin Michaels who played on "Sail on Sailor" and "The Trader" 'Holland' (recorded in 1972 and released in 1973) was more successful, perhaps one of the most important albums which show that the band can produce very contemporary songs with wide appeal." Rhogskin 14:39, 24 July 2007 (UTC)

I removed the part about Kevin Michaels (who?), but it could probably use some more cleaning up. MookieZ 06:52, 26 July 2007 (UTC)


Hi there.

I've done a bit of work on editing The Beach Boys' albums, and I've Wikified all of the album titles.

I know one of the guidelines is that you should only include the word "album" in the Wiki quicklink if it is necessary. My personal discretion has told me that because some of the albums which are included in the discography (inclusive of Surfin' Safari, Surfin' USA, Little Deuce Coupe.. etc) are also song titles by the same band, I have included the word Album within the Wiki quicklink.

I hope this is helpful. I will do some Album write-ups as soon as I have fully studied the "How to".

What about Stack-o-Tracks? It's a valid album, although whether it constitutes a compilation or not I don't know -- WhichOne'sPink? 19:01, 16 June 2006 (UTC)


It says the Beach Boys split up in 1998, but the first line says "The Beach Boys ARE an American rock and roll band", shouldn't that be "were"? Speedboy Salesman 13:35, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

I would say neither is correct. Beach Boys is a singular. It either IS a band, or WAS a band, not were or are. TheHYPO 04:35, 14 September 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, sort of. There are some differences between American and British plural usage. One would say, for example, that "Parliament was not supportive of the bill", the other would say "Parliament were not supportive of the bill". My thought was always that "Parliament" is only one, single unit; but it is a body made of individual people, so it's plural. Or something.
Roygbiv666 (talk) 02:41, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Boy, this needs work

Come on, you Beach Boys aficienados - this article has only 11 notes and 2 references (check out Dylan, Sly and the Family Stone and Presley for comparison). All that text information and hardly any of it has citations? I'll help out if I can, but the whole thing'll need a rewrite once actual sources are used and cited. The Beach Boys deserve better - should be a Featured Article. Rikstar 21:50, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Have rewritten intro to show need for citations and to clean up in keeping with a Good Article nomination. Rikstar 18:15, 31 July 2007 (UTC)
Actually, could someone take a stab at rewriting the first paragraph? "The musical spokesmen for surfing, girls, and cars"? That sounds horrible. For a long time, reference books (Whitburn's Billboard books, a Rolling Stone album review book) would say that The Beach Boys are/were America's greatest band. I don't know if the current editions would say that, but that would be a lot better than it reads now. MookieZ 04:07, 1 August 2007 (UTC)
I'll take a look. The early years is a mess; it contains stuff about what happened in later years. Have created a section for Musical influences. Rikstar 04:17, 1 August 2007 (UTC)
Thanks... It is a lot better now. I'd been wanting to change that for a while. Good job. MookieZ 01:56, 2 August 2007 (UTC)
Glad to help. Will do some reading and hope to whip this article into better shape - but only if I can support edits with citations. Rikstar 07:29, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

New start

I've redone the beginning of this article (and it still needs some work). Not only was important stuff missing, it had to be rewritten using sources that could be cited: headings have been amended and created to accommodate this. If all editors can discuss or make other changes that specify sources, it will help this article achieve the quality it deserves. There's evidence on this talk page of people arguing needlessly - over edits, reverts, deletions that could easily have been avoided if claims or facts were properly cited and from a reliable source. It's just the facts we need and the article can be embellished later. I will do more when I can. Please add your comments. Rikstar 11:41, 4 August 2007 (UTC)

Have added a Legacy section to list the length to which the Beach Boys sound is still around and how it and the Beach Boys themselves influence music today. Awards and recognition section added - similar to legacy, but covers just awards, accolades, etc. Avoids influences (which should be written about in the legacy section). Other good music biographies have these sections. Rikstar 13:01, 4 August 2007 (UTC)


Excuse me Sirs, but the "Beach Boys Lineup´s" List is completly wrong! Mike Kowalski has never been a part of the Beach Boys (only of the touring Band, featering the Boys back in the year 1968 to today) and so on.... -- 16:51, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

And again: It is not correct that Mike and Bruce are the only Beach Boys Members of Today. Brian, Al are STILL members of the beach boys, but they are not touring together. They still have a vote and so on

"Twelfth-grade piano sonata"

Re: "He [Brian Wilson] failed to complete a twelfth-grade piano sonata, but did submit an original composition, called 'Surfin'.":

Um, Hawthorne high school required its students to compose piano sonatas? What sort of high school was this? TheScotch 07:17, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

It's number one in the state. :-) But seriously, the piano sonata thing has been canon since probably David Leaf's book... around 1978 or so. I know it was mentioned in the American Band doc. MookieZ 19:26, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

That's doesn't make it true. If it is true, however, at the very least it needs some context. The article now reads as if this were a completely normal thing, which tends to make the entire article seem suspect. I haven't read Leaf's book, by the way, but I have read his extensive liner notes for both Pet Sounds and Smile, and let's just say I think very little of him as a writer and a source. TheScotch 01:02, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

Well, feel free to change it. I have the same doubts you do, I was just letting you know where it came from. The American Band doc is the key... The music teacher himself is interviewed. It would just be a matter of whether he said "sonata" or "piece". And then if he said "sonata", did he mean sonata, or sonatina, or something else. Leaf's book is a lot better than his liner notes. I don't particularly remember the ones you mention, but the notes he did for the early Capitol two-fers are not good at all. MookieZ 02:55, 6 September 2007 (UTC)
California high schools require that a 12th grader (i.e. senior) complete a senior project. That is the most likely explanation for the piano sonata. Brian chose that as his senior project, and failed to complete it. -- Elaich talk 02:29, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

I shall try to remember to dig up a citation for what follows: I believe I read that Brian was required to write a musical piece in high school. He wrote the melody that he would later recycle into the tune of 'Surfin'. So the basic story that Brian wrote Surfin' for a high school music class is sort of true, but not quite accurate. Probably was from the David Leaf book.

Roygbiv666 (talk) 02:35, 25 July 2008 (UTC)


Near the top, it says Brian Wilson was a surfer. Near the bottom, in the section about Lorne Michael's show, it says he couldn't surf. Which is it? 01:36, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Everything I've read says that Dennis Wilson was the only surfer in the (original) group. In an interview with Larry King, Brian Wilson (or maybe it was his wife) maintains that he hates the ocean altogether. TheScotch 01:46, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Can you be more specific about where the article alleges that B. W. surfed (so I can fix this)? I'm not finding it. TheScotch 01:50, 22 August 2007 (UTC)


I don't know how to mark the article - but the point being, the article is superbly cited through about Pet Sounds, and which point it becomes completely uncited. Sometimes has to be done about this, as there are also a lot of weasel words from that point on about Brian Wilson's "mastery" of this or that, which shouldn't be used without citation, for example TheHYPO 04:33, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

I agree about the weasel words. I'm the guy who rewrote/cleaned up this article up to the section about Brian Wilson's difficulties. It badly needed citations, I found them, but including them inevitably meant extensive rewriting of the existing text. This is a time-consuming process. Some people are still making changes to unsourced material; this is largely pointless because, when sourced material is found, those sections will have to be rewritten. It might also be a waste of time because, as the tags say throughout, material that isn't cited properly may be deleted. My resources and time are limited. If there are others out there who can address the serious lack of citations in the rest of this article, I hope they can help improve it. It's a crying shame this article isn't up to standard. Rikstar 13:32, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

Wouldn't It Be Nice (My Own Story) As A Source

This isn't really a credible source as Brian himself has admitted under oath in court that he had nothing to do with the book. It is still factual in some parts but entirely wrong on others and it doesn't speak one word of Brian's opinion (other than that which they took from direct quotes from Brian in the past). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:12, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Absolutely true. Thus, should all the references to it be deleted? -- Elaich talk 02:26, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
As frustrating as that is, I believe so. Sahafan (talk) 11:07, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

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Mid-career changes

In the graf that begins "The arrival of Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin...", I deleted the sentences "The trademark Beach Boy harmonies were just about absent sans the TM influenced song "All This Is That" and Dennis' wistfull "Cuddle Up". The record-buying public were also confused as to why the album was offered as a double LP in tandem with a reissue of Pet Sounds."

The meaning of the first sentence isn't clear, and I didn't want to risk rewording "just about absent sans" when I don't know what it means. The second sentence's point that "the record-buying public were confused" is an uncredited, unfactual opinion/interpretation. Fenwayguy (talk) 03:29, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

"The" Beach Boys?

In an edit dated 07:08, 19 May 2008, user Andreasegde converted all embedded occurrences of the group's name to "The Beach Boys" based on the argument that "Wilsin was angry when it was changed to Beach Boys - so the name is The Beach Boys." This claim is uncited, and the group's official Web site doesn't use the embedded "The Beach Boys" form with any consistency, so I've reverted these changes to the more conventional form. - Fenwayguy (talk) 04:58, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

Glen Campbell

Does anyone else think that Glen Campbell should be removed from the "Former members" section? He never was an actual member of the band. He just filled in for Brian on tour. We might as well include Billy Hinsche, Ed Carter, Bobby Figueroa, Charles Lloyd, Jeff Foskett, Mike Kowalski etc... if we include Glen. --Sahafan (talk) 11:26, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

It's fine with me. I'll take him off of the template, or move him anyway, and take him off of the infobox too. (Of course, David Marks didn't really do a whole lot more than Glen Campbell did.) MookieZ (talk) 16:29, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

i don't know if I agree. Cambell was a memeber, they wanted him to stay after the tour but he chose to leave.--NewChampion (talk) 15:21, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

Re: David Marks- I had no idea what he did for the Beach Boys until I read 'The Lost Beach Boy' by Jon Stebbins. The crucial first 4 BB albums have Marks' guitar parts all over them, and the electric six-string chemistry he developed with Carl Wilson for years prior to there even being a band called The Pendeltones, much less the Beach Boys, is an established fact.

Marks is on the Beach Boys historical marker on the site of the demolished Wilson home in Hawthorne CA. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jusdafax (talkcontribs) 10:32, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

Bruce Johnston

Bruce was not an original member of The Beach Boys, so I've removed the pluralising from the sentence about The Beach Boys still touring with a backing band supporting original "members" Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. --TomFriend08 (talk) 18:45, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Beach Boys band vs. the original Beach Boys

Mike Love and Bruce Johnston make a distinction on their web site between the "Beach Boys Band"— i.e., the entity which tours the world playing the Beach Boys' songs— and the "Beach Boys"— i.e., the entity which made the records. I imagine this dichotomy is the result of four decades of lawsuits and other disputes. The Wilson brothers, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnston are all listed as "original founding members." (Marks left the band after a couple of years, but he was one of the quintet who made the first Beach Boys records. Jardine did not appear on the band's earliest recordings, although he was involved before the records were made.) Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, who did write songs and record with the Beach Boys, are listed as "former" Beach Boys. The Beach Boys Band consists of Love and Johnston, and various other musicians, but not any of the other original Beach Boys (aside from Marks in 1998 and 1999.) I am not sure how to work all this into the article. It might be a good idea to create a separate article for the Beach Boys Band. Timothy Horrigan (talk) 23:02, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

You're looking for the sadly neglected The Beach Boys lineups article, I think. I had forgotten about it until I read your post. It needs a lot of work, so feel free to pitch in.. I don't know if Mike and Bruce have much to do with the website. MookieZ (talk) 03:42, 25 July 2008 (UTC)
I suggested a small template change here Template_talk:The_Beach Boys under "Template Revision to include Lineup History". Would this address the lineup history problem?
Roygbiv666 (talk) 17:56, 6 August 2008 (UTC)


Does anyone else feel that there should be a Beach Boys WikiProject? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:15, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

i do

yes i feel there should be a project for the beach boys Neon5162 (talk) 14:14, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

The Boys in Pop Culture

Surely a reference in one recent movie isn't the sum-total of cultural references to the band. One things for sure, on it's own this doesn't warrant its own section. --TomFriend08 (talk) 23:15, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Adult Child

I know the material exists (got the bootlegs to prove it) but it isnt mentioned in the article at all. I dont know much about it other than it was one of the albums rejected by Capital for various reasons. Can anyone more knowledgable add some more (or any) information about it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:19, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Well someone else can add it in to the article I'm sure but here is some info. Firstly it was rejected by Reprise and not Capitol as they had left Capitol in 1969. Some people have said that the title "Adult/Child" was suggested by Eugene Landy. Dick Reynolds did the 'Big Band' arrangements on the album (ie: the same guy who did the orchestral arrangements on the 1964 Christmas Album). Also it has been said that the band wasn't in favor of the album as they didn't seem to like a lot of the big band tracks and thought that it wasn't commercial enough etc... --Sahafan (talk) 11:27, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Bass singer?

Who sang the bass parts in songs like "Little Deuce Coupe", "Surfer Girl", and "Getcha Back"? (talk) 03:07, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

That would be Mike Love.
Roygbiv666 (talk) 13:44, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
It is definitely Mike Love on most songs, but I'm pretty sure it is Denny on parts of Little Deuce Coupe ("you don't know what I got" in the chorus) and in parts of Wouldn't It Be Nice etc... --Sahafan (talk) 11:22, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Eric Carmen quote

I've seen a quote from Eric Carmen a few place about the vocals that goes like this: "Their vocal harmonies are unsurpassed…..I think Brian was a French Horn, Carl was a flute, Al Jardine a trumpet, Dennis a trombone and Mike Love a baritone sax, before their incarnation as The Beach Boys." Does anybody have a reliable source, I think it would be of value to include. In fact, any musical analysis or commentary might be useful, even just as links.

Roygbiv666 (talk) 22:02, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
Sure. One source is page 254 of Back To The Beach by Kingsley Abbott. There is actually two editions of this book but this is the one I'm taking it from: Anyway just a minor correction - at least according to this book - the quote at the end reads "before their PRESENT incarnation as the Beach Boys." Hope that helps. :) If you'd like I can add some further quotes from other people when I get more time. -- Sahafan (talk) 11:35, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, I actually have that book, but it just sort of lists the quote, not giving the original source. Any idea what the original source was - magazine article, radio interview, etc.?
Roygbiv666 (talk) 23:29, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
Sorry no idea? But I have seen it referenced in other interviews, such as an interview with Al Jardine etc. I'll see if I can find the original source for it. --Sahafan (talk) 05:49, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

Wich Stand

Does anyone known anything about the Wich Stand song? Was it ever released? I'm curious because I was working on some architecture articles and the Wich Stand was an LA eatery in the 1950s later named Googie architecture style. ChildofMidnight (talk) 23:06, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

According to Timothy White in 'The Nearest Faraway Place' (pg. 171-172) Brian Wilson wrote 'The Wich Stand' for The Survivors, and "cut the track in 1963 with Dave Nowlen singing lead, Brian on bass and piano, Bob Norberg and Nowlen on guitars, and Hal Blaine drumming. Capitol nixed the track..."

If it was ever released, I am unaware of it. According to White, Capitol Records was "eager to corral Brian's extracurricular recording activities" at the time. Poke around the internet by googling The Wich Stand The Survivors etc. for a bit more information. Jusdafax (talk) 19:23, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

Wilson, B

Brian is no longer a member officially, he should be removed from the list.Tomcat96 (talk) 14:44, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Beach Boys' Legacy

Yeah, I would just like to say that the real fans of the Beach Boys know that the band had died with Carl Wilson. The Beach Boys without any of the Wilsons makes no sense whatsoever. Brian Wilson did the right thing by pursuing a full-time solo career. Their legacy should be allowed to rest in peace.Shemp99 (talk) 16:51, 5 September 2009 (UTC) Shemp99 September 5th, 2009. 11:57 a.m. CST.

Okay seriously

Why is "Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story" still used as this article's main source? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:39, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

Agree. I believe even Brian himself later renounced the book. Jusdafax 17:12, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

Beach Boys Picture

Do we really have to use this one picture from the Live-Line-Up on the Front page? this one shows only one founding Member of the Band and some Backup Musician who doesn´t have anything to do with the Beach Boys. Why cannot we use this one:

-- (talk) 08:08, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

I couldn't agree more. Unless there are issues of some kind around that photo, use it at the top and drop the other down to the back end of the article. Thanks! Jusdafax 08:25, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

That picture shows the Beach Boys in 1964, not 1965. It comes from the single cover for "I Get Around/Don't Worry Baby," released in April 1964. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:32, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Lack of sources in the bio articles

This article is well-sourced. However the biographies of the individual band members are virtually unsourced, even though they make contentious or POV statements. If the situation isn't fixed those articles are open to being cut down significantly. Are there any editors here who'd be interested in improving the biographies of the band members?   Will Beback  talk  00:28, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

I would. It would be great if we could divide the work among multiple editors. --hulmem (talk) 05:05, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Personnel Section on albums

up to 1965 we have mostly all played by the boys, but after that it's almost never mentioned who played on what and on what songs session players were used, i read somewhere carl played on pet sounds and recorded his leads during the singing sessions while the others just didn't cintribute instrumentally to pet sounds, but i would like to know this from all albums, so if thereÄ's a pro into it, i would thank him much. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:40, 19 February 2010 (UTC)

The Pet Sounds article lists all of the musicians that played on the album, and from there you can click on the songs' articles for who plays on each song. I'm pretty sure that the only song featuring any Beach Boys playing instruments is "That's Not Me", which has a basic track of Dennis on drums, Carl on guitar, Brian on organ, and a tambourine played by either Al Jardine or Terry Melcher. On previous albums, Carl did record his guitar solos during vocal sessions, but I'm pretty sure "That's Not Me" is the only song he plays on on Pet Sounds. Santa Claus of the Future (talk) 21:18, 19 February 2010 (UTC)
Actually, Brian probably plays on tracks other than "That's Not Me". I meant the other Beach Boys only played on that song. Santa Claus of the Future (talk) 21:22, 19 February 2010 (UTC)

well, yeah, but for example on almost all songs from the 70s onwards there#s only lead vocalist listed, and since the beach albums actually have a lot of instrumental wokr there's nothing about it said there.

most have just like : Mike Love: Lead Vocals, and that#s it, and it's not a vocal solo track from mike, so somethings missing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:29, 1 March 2010 (UTC)

to the one who pointet out that#s not me, well, no sources for the personnel section, while the beatles have the beatles bible and two books for proof on any song, we need a reliable source. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:27, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

How many records have The Beach Boys sold?

maybe around 100 million records worldwide, but i dont know it. pls help me. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:45, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

I don't quite remember where I read it, but I think they are the most successful american band to date. ~B. Irwin

Pop/Rock disagreement

(Content originally added to Talk:Pop/rock disagreements prefix:Talk:The Beach Boys/, at 14:35, 13 March 2010, by user:

well, for info buddy the beach boys are a pop band. If you would like me to prove it if you purchase a song on i tunes it will come up as pop and in every store you look in they are under pop so please stop changing my corrections. thank you. have a nice day

I have seen The Beach Boys labeled as rock, pop, oldies, and other more specialized genres depending on the source and the album, and all of those genres are correct. The genre on iTunes doesn't "prove" anything; somewhere at Apple there is a geek in a cubicle whose job it is to assign genres to artists. Since designation of a genre is somewhat subjective, I would give much more credence to the consensus view of Wikipedia editors and professional reviewers than I would iTunes. For example, Rolling Stone's[1] biography starts with, "The Beach Boys virtually invented California rock...". Blender's[2] biography starts with, "America’s most successful rock band...". So I see no compelling reason to change the genre in the opening sentence of the article from "rock" to "pop". --hulmem (talk) 02:25, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

NOTE: is back at it, trying to go against consensus by inserting 'pop' into the lede. I have reverted twice in the past 24 hours. Strongly suggest to '206' that they learn from the last sequence. Jusdafax 22:38, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Their stuff from "Today" through "Friends" deserves a genre of its own. ~B. Irwin


I'm not sure that the "members" section of the infobox is as precise as it can be. Whilst Wilson and Jardine continue to be partners in the ownership of The Beach Boys name, and its brand, listing them as "members" seems to be a bit confusing to the reader. For example, Ronnie Wood did not become a full "member" of The Rolling Stones until 24 years after he joined the band. He was still considered to be a member. The band KISS, is completely owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Drummer Eric Singer, and guitarist Tommy Thayer are technically not "members", but are rather salaried musicians. I don't know of anywhere, however, that they are not considered to be members of the band, for all intents and purposes. By this same line of reasoning, it would seem that Wilson and Jardine, whilst technically members, are not really considered to be so. I believe that a band's members, generally speaking, refers to its lineup. I'm curious as to what others think about this.Mk5384 (talk) 03:25, 18 May 2010 (UTC)

There is a similar discussion ongoing at Talk:Pink Floyd. No one's responded to this in almost 2 months, so there doesn't appear to be much interest. As Wilson's and Jardine's respective "memberships" with the band are discussed in the article proper, I intend to move them to "former members", unless, of course, anyone objects.Mk5384 (talk) 07:33, 9 July 2010 (UTC)
It is ironic, Mk, that Al Jardine is recently quoted in Rolling Stone as saying there will be a 50th anniversary reunion concert or concerts featuring all surviving 60's era band members. I have added a short section regarding this 'Possible 50th anniversary reunion'. Jusdafax 17:13, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Possible 50th anniversary reunion

After editing this section to more accurately reflect the statements in the Rolling Stone article, I am thinking that the whole section should be removed in accordance with WP:SPECULATION. —hulmem (talk) 00:18, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

Obviously I disagree, and for the reason that it is a charter member of the Beach Boys making the statement, which in itself is noteworthy no matter what happens. Best wishes, Jusdafax 00:26, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
Heres a hard one..i agree that the encyclopedia does not deal in speculation...but the fact its a member saying it is worthy of mention...if Paul McCartney had said this in the 1990s even if it did not happen, is info people would find very interesting and worth of a note or 2.Moxy (talk) 00:51, 24 July 2010 (UTC)