Time to Say Goodbye to the Beard, By Chuck Strom

A few weeks ago the San Francisco Giants broke my wife’s heart. They chose not to offer her favorite player, Brian Wilson, a contract for at least $6.8 million, which is the minimum allowed by the Major League Baseball collective bargaining agreement based on Wilson’s previous service. The Giants, openly concerned about their closer’s . . . → Read More: Time to Say Goodbye to the Beard, By Chuck Strom

Brian Wilson with Johnny Rotten – 1977 – THE BEACH BOYS LOVE YOU, By Tom Kipp

Brian Wilson with Johnny Rotten, 2012

In an always-bizarre and forever-endearing bit o’ serendipity, the last great Beach Boys LP, in fact the best one since either WILD HONEY or SUNFLOWER to this very day, and the 70s album most dominated by Brian Wilson, was THE BEACH BOYS LOVE YOU, released in April 1977, . . . → Read More: Brian Wilson with Johnny Rotten – 1977 – THE BEACH BOYS LOVE YOU, By Tom Kipp

John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd Take Brian Wilson Surfing 1976

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The Beach Boys – ‘Til I Die, By Andrew Hamlin

I like Don Was’ comment that this song isn’t really in a key. Was tried to arrange it for Wilson, and noticed that the chords didn’t follow any normal chord logic. Brian explained that he was trying to make interesting/weird shapes with his hands, and then plunk them down on the keyboard.

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Surf’s Up – Brian Wilson Solo, Autumn 1967

As late as November ’67, the voice is still youthful:

Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick – Brian Wilson’s Creative Breakthrough, By Tom Fredrickson

What does it say about Brian Wilson that, perhaps alone among recording artists, he made his creative breakthrough in a Christmas song? When the single “Little Saint Nick” was released in the fall of 1963 Wilson had already written and recorded the touchstone ballads “Surfer Girl” and “In My Room,” but the bulk of . . . → Read More: Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick – Brian Wilson’s Creative Breakthrough, By Tom Fredrickson

The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up

This tune gets better as the years go by. The title is misleading, “Surf’s Up” generally means, “The swells have begun, the waves are cresting, let’s get out there…” but in this song the title is to mean, “Surf’s up, time’s up, the California dream is over,” and the music, the lyrics and the . . . → Read More: The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up

Dynamite (With Keenan Cahill and San Francisco Giants Cody Ross & Brian Wilson)

Beach Boys’ Lost ‘Smile’ Album to See Release in 2011, By Rich Horton

Yes, it will, according to this Billboard article: Beach Boys’ Lost ‘Smile’ Album to See Release in 2011.

I love Brian Wilson and am glad to see this. However, I hope fans realize that this will not really be the “Smile” album in any real sense, as “Smile” never was finished being written or . . . → Read More: Beach Boys’ Lost ‘Smile’ Album to See Release in 2011, By Rich Horton

Confessions of a Rock Snob: How I Repented & Invited the Beach Boys Into My Heart, by Rich Horton

Hard to believe I was almost 30 before I finally listened to Pet Sounds.

SUMMERTIME, 1981

In preparation for my first cross-country road trip from the Midwest, to Seattle – where I’ve now made my home since 1985 – I was recording mix tapes to play in the car. I’d already filled several tapes . . . → Read More: Confessions of a Rock Snob: How I Repented & Invited the Beach Boys Into My Heart, by Rich Horton

Paul Simon “Surfer Girl”

I received this from BernardStreetCred a while ago. Summer’s here and the time is right for acoustic Beach Boys covers: