The Beach Boys lineups

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The Beach Boys began in 1961 when brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson formed a rock band with their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine. Since then, the band has undergone many variations in composition, with representation by fill-ins onstage as often as not as original personnel pursued other careers, hired, or rehired, took extended breaks for medical reasons, or died.

Wilson neighbor David Marks appeared on their first four albums, played with the group in its formative stages, and was a member from 1962 to 1963 as a replacement for Jardine, who had left the group to attend college. Jardine returned to the band in 1963 as an onstage fill-in for Brian, who was already feeling the stresses of touring. Marks rejoined the band in 1997, during Carl's last illness, and remained with them for two years.

In 1965, Bruce Johnston became a member and also filled in on bass and sang some of Brian's parts live. In 1972, drummer Ricky Fataar and guitarist/bassist Blondie Chaplin joined the band, while Johnston had officially resigned from the group. In 1973 and 1974 Fataar and Chaplin left. In 1979, Johnston returned.

Official members[edit]

Founding members are bolded. Only Love and Johnston currently tour as "the Beach Boys";

  • Brian Wilson – lead and backing vocals, bass, keyboards (1961–1973, 1973-1996, 2012)
  • Al Jardine – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar (1961, 1963-1998, 2012)
  • Mike Love – lead and backing vocals, tambourine, saxophone (1961-present)
  • Bruce Johnston – backing and lead vocals, keyboards, bass (1965–72, 1979–present)
  • David Marks – backing and lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar (1961–63, 1997-1999, 2012)
  • Carl Wilson – lead and backing vocals, lead guitar (1961–81, 1982-98, died 1998)
  • Dennis Wilson – backing and lead vocals, drums, keyboards (1961–83, died 1983)
  • Blondie Chaplin – backing and lead vocals, bass, rhythm and lead guitar (1972–73)
  • Ricky Fataar – backing vocals, drums (1972–74)

Lineups in eras[edit]

1961–January 1962
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine
February 1962–1963
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • David Marks
Early 1963
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • David Marks
  • Al Jardine
October 1963–March 1965
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine
March 1965–February 1972
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine
  • Bruce Johnston
March 1972–1974
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine
  • Blondie Chaplin
  • Ricky Fataar
1975–August 1978
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine
September 1978–1981
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine
  • Bruce Johnston
July 1981–May 1982[1]
  • Brian Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine
  • Bruce Johnston
N/A
May 1982–December 1983
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine
  • Bruce Johnston
N/A
Dennis Wilson dies
(December 28, 1983)
1984–February 1998
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine
  • Bruce Johnston
Carl Wilson dies
(February 6, 1998)
February 1998–present
  • Brian Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine
  • Bruce Johnston
  • David Marks

Live personnel[edit]

Though not official members of The Beach Boys, sidemen have helped them during recording sessions and live performances over the years.[2]

Keyboard players Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille (later the "pop" duo The Captain & Tennille), have toured with the band.[2]

In 1969, drummer Mike Kowalski and bassist/guitarist Ed Carter became two of the first outside musicians to join the group. Percussionist/drummer Bobby Figueroa was added in the mid-1970s and played through 1987. Billy Hinsche (of Dino, Desi, & Billy fame) was a longtime member of the supporting band throughout the 1970s, '80s and '90s. Carli Muñoz, who been playing keyboards with the band since 1970, replaced Daryl Dragon on keyboards from 1971 until 1979, when Mike Meros took over from May 1, 1979 until July 4, 2000.

Adrian Baker joined the band in 1981 as a vocalist/guitarist; he left sometime in mid-1982.[2] Jeff Foskett came aboard in early 1982 as a guitarist and vocalist; his last show with the band was July 4, 1990. During 1981-1982, there was an overlap where both Foskett and Baker were members. Generally, Foskett filled in on Carl Wilson's harmony parts when Carl was unavailable while Baker performed Brian's high harmony vocals. Foskett eventually became a member of Brian Wilson's group from 1998 to 2014. Baker re-joined the band from 1989 to 1993 as a vocalist/guitarist.

John Stamos played drums and recorded with the band in 1990. He played the title track of the comedy film Problem Child. Later, he performed as lead vocalist on the song "Forever" from the 1992 album Summer in Paradise. As of 2010, he had continued to tour with the band, usually as a drummer.

In 1992, Richie Cannata, one of Billy Joel's early live band and recording saxophone players, replaced Renner.

In 1998, Adrian Baker re-joined the band (for a record-breaking third time) until 2004. In 2004, Randell Kirsch replaced Baker as high harmony vocalist/guitarist. Nashville musician John Foster temporarily filled in on high harmony vocals and guitar between Baker's tenure and the addition of Kirsch.

John Cowsill (original member of the 1960s "pop" band The Cowsills) joined as a vocalist/keyboardist in 1999. Cowsill replaced Mike Kowalski as the full-time drummer in late 2007, leaving his secondary keyboard spot vacant.

Current band[edit]

The Beach Boys
  • Mike Love – lead and backing vocals, tambourine
  • Bruce Johnston – keyboards, backing and lead vocals
Supporting musicians
  • Jeff Foskett - rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals
  • Scott Totten – lead guitar, backing and lead vocals
  • Brian Eichenberger - bass, backing vocals
  • Tim Bonhomme – keyboards
  • John Cowsill – drums
  • Randy Leago - saxophones, flutes, harmonicas, percussion

Timeline[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Badman 2004, p. 373.
  2. ^ a b c Stebbins 2011.

Sources[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Stebbins, Jon; Rusten, Ian (2013). The Beach Boys in Concert!: The Complete History of America's Band On Tour and Onstage. Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-1617134562.