2009-07-17 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

The Beach Boys To Perform On July 29

Live Nation will present "America's Band," The Beach Boys, at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on Wednesday, July 29 at 8 p.m. In 1961, the Wilson brothers and their first cousin, Mike Love, along with their friend Al Jardine began hanging around the Wilson family piano and singing vocal harmonies. That December they released their first single, "Surfin'," and changed the name of their group from The Pendletons to The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys gained popularity for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of cars, girls and surfing. Throughout their career, they have had 36 U.S. Top 40 hits, the most of any U.S. rock band, and 56 Hot 100 hits including four #1 singles. According to Billboard, in terms of singles and album sales, The Beach Boys are the number one selling American band of all time. In addition, they were listed #12 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Today, Mike Love along with Bruce Johnston, who joined the group in 1965, are the core of the band. Some of The Beach Boys' most popular songs include "Surfer Girl," "409," "Surfin' Safari," "Surfin' USA," "Be True to Your School," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," "Help Me Rhonda," "California Girls," "Barbara Ann," and "Good Vibrations."

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