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The Beach Boys California Sound – Times Square Chronicles

Beginning in Hawthorne, California, the Beach Boys were originally formed by: Brian, Dennis, Carl Wilson, cousins ​​Mike Love and Al Jardine. Known for their vocal harmonies and teen-oriented themes, the Beach Boys have been dubbed the sound of California.

Last night at the Morristown Performing Arts Center, Mike Love and eight other musicians took the stage for nearly three hours performing 38 songs. At nearly 80, Mike Love is still able to carry that patented Beach Boys sound. Opening with “Do it Again,” it felt like the 70s were all over again.

Able to maintain their fanbase even during the British Invasion, it was 1966’s “Pet Sounds”, where The Beatles, Paul McCartney, told the band we had to improve to compete with the Beach Boys.

The mid-70s found a cult following for the Beach Boys. Brian Wilson who was the band’s composer, arranger and producer had ceded control to the rest of the band. Even if at that time the group still attracted a large audience for its concerts with its “oldies” number.

In 1983 Dennis Wilson drowned and Brian parted ways with the band. It’s 1998, Carl passed away and Mike Love got legal permission to tour under the band’s name. In 2010, the band reunited for the band’s 50th anniversary.

The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed bands of all time, selling over 100 million records worldwide. Between the 1960s and 2015, the group had 36 songs in the US top 40. The most of all American bands. 4 at the top of the Billboard Top 100. In 2004, they were ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest artists of all time. In 1988 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When I think of big American bands, I think of the Eagles, Chicago and the Beach Boys. All three have a plethora of hits and all three are tight in their arrangements and orchestrations. Last night the Beach Boys played a fast opening act, followed by slower Do Wop songs like “Did I Imagine it All.” Mike Love paid tribute to George Harrison with “Here Comes The Sun” and “Brother Pieces”. All night Love was self-deprecating, funny and thoughtful.

The second act opener with the “California Dreaming” Mama’s and Dads was a slower version of Love. Following up with “Wish They All Could be California Girls” was a great choice. Finishing with “Kokomo”, “Barbara Ann” and “Fun Fun Fun”, made me realize what great songs this band wrote and how much fun it was growing up with the Beach Boys. Where a lot of bands in the 60s and 70s were raunchy, the Beach Boys sound was more about innocence and the pure American lifestyle and it was great to have that back, if only for a while.