An Evening With The Beach BoysPosted: April 8, 2013
I spent Friday night watching The Beach Boys perform in a local high school auditorium. There’s something very sad about even writing that sentence. I felt bad for them. But then I thought about how lucky the 72 year olds were to be out earning money by performing to sell out crowds – even though the sell out was a high school auditorium .
Founding members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who have been with the Beach Boys since 1965 — four years after the original band was formed — are keeping the tunes alive in their current tour.
I heard the hand-clapping, hip-shaking, feel good, summer songs that made them famous. Backing up Love and Johnston were a new generation of surfer boys – including Mike Love’s son, Christian and John Cowsill (of The Cowsill family – see below).
While I thoroughly enjoyed my evening, there was something just a little “off” with the music. Even my untrained ear heard it. It didn’t stop me from singing at the top of my lungs (be glad you weren’t sitting next to me) and enjoying the show though.
The group has had thirty-six United States Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band) and fifty-six Hot 100 hits, including four number-one singles. Rolling Stone magazine listed the Beach Boys at number 12 on their 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
The drummer was John Cowsill – from The Cowsills group. The Cowsills band was formed in the spring of 1965 by brothers Bill, Bob, and Barry; they shortly thereafter added John. After their initial success, the brothers were joined by their siblings Susan and Paul and their mother Barbara. Bob’s twin brother Richard was the road manager. When the group expanded to its full family membership by 1967, the six siblings ranged in age from 8 to 19.
In 1969, Screen Gems approached the family to portray themselves in their own TV sitcom, but when they were told that their mother was to be replaced by actress Shirley Jones the deal fell through. Screen Gems later hired Jones’ stepson David Cassidy to join the cast and the show went on to be called The Partridge Family.
So, that is your trivia lesson for today.
Back to The Beach Boys though…….
Click here to watch them perform California Girls.
Click here to watch them perform Sloop John B.
Click here to watch them perform God Only Knows.
Click here to watch them perform I Get Around.
Click here to watch them perform Little Deuce Coupe.
Click here to watch them perform Be True To Your School (I liked this one!).
Click here to watch them perform Surfer Girl.
Click here to watch them perform Surfin’ Safari.
Click here to watch them perform Catch A Wave.
Click here to watch them perform Little Honda.