Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The first day of summer and happy birthday to Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys

Brian Wilson was born on this day in 1942.  Like Paul McCartney, he is one of my favorite songwriters.   

Isn't it just right that Brian Wilson was born on the first day of summer?  Aren't The Beach Boys synonymous with summer?

The Beach Boys are one of my all time favorite groups.  I grew up listening to Brian Wilson songs & those second to none amazing harmonies.  (The Bee Gees' 3-part harmonies are fabulous too)

My favorite album from the group is "Pet Sounds", a must for any collection.  It came as # 2 in Rolling Stone's Top 500 albums. 

Brian was the creative heart of the group.  The Beach Boys hit the charts in the early 1960's and recorded into the 1980's.  They were Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, the three Wilson brothers.   Carl died recently and Dennis was tragically killed in an accident years ago.  The band also included Mike Love, the lead vocalist of "California Girls" and Al Jardine who played guitar. 

They recorded "God only knows", one of the best pop songs ever released.  I also like "Heroes and Villains" & "Surfer Girl", a couple of tunes that reveal Brian Wilson's versatility.


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