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Surf rockers, the Beach Boys are one of the most prominent American rock bands of all time and especially during the 60s and 70s. The Beach Boys found their early success with surfer and hot rod-themed rock and went on to release many albums in their first few years as a band.
However, the band began to change their sound in response to the popularity of the bands of the British Invasion like the Stones and the Beatles while lead singer Brian Wilson found his voice as a songwriter and artist. The Beach Boys released their eleventh album Pet Sounds in 1966 and it marked the change from the young surf rockers to a more mainstream sound during the psychedelic craze of the mid-sixties.
Created months after Brian Wilson left touring to focus on writing and making new music he came back with a completely new sound. Wilson returned with complex layers of vocal harmonies, melodies, and unusual instruments. Pet Sounds included hit songs like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, “Sloop John B”, and “Caroline, No.”
Rolling Stone had Pet Sounds at the number two spot on the list of the 500 hundred greatest albums of all time the album was only outdone by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Celebrate the Beach Boys with us today at 5pm on 88.9 WERS!