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Beginning their career as the most popular surf band in the nation the beach boys finally emerged by 1966 as Americas biggest pop group the only one other group to challenge this was the Beatles In 1961 debut with the popular hit Surfin the three Wilson brothers Brian Denies and Carl Plus cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine constructed the most intricate gorgeous harmonies ever heard from a pop band With Brians studio proficiency growing by leaps and bounds during the mid-60s the Beach Boys also proved to be one of the best produced groups of the 60sThough Brians escalating drug use and obsessive desire to trump the Beatles eventually led to a nervous breakdown after he heard Sgt Peppers Lonely heart club band the group soldiered on long into the 1970s and 80s with Brian only an inconsistent participant The bands post 1966 material is often maligned but the truth is the Beach Boys continued to make great music well into the 70s Displayed best on 1970s Sunflower each member revealed individual talents that had never been fully developed during the mid-60s but they still became Americas first best rock bandSituated close to the pacific coast The three sons of a part time song writer and occasionally abusive father Brian Denies and Carl grew up a few miles from the ocean but only Denies had any interest in surfing The three often harmonized together as youths spurred on by Brians fascination with 50s vocal acts like the Four Freshmen and the Hi-Los Their cousin Mike Love often joined in on the impromptu session and the group gained a fifth with Brians high school football teammate Al Jardine His parents helped rent instruments with Brian on bass Carl on guitar Denies on drums and studio time to record Surfin a novelty number written by Brian and Mike Love The single initially released in 1961 on candix and billed to the Pendletones prompted a
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