In 1961, they formed in Hawthorne, California. Brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson along with cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine.
In high school they were known as Kenny & The Cadets, Carl & The Passions and later The Pendletones. A young record promoter renamed them The Beach Boys.
They’re the group responsible for starting the surf-rock craze. They’re also the most popular American rock and roll band.
Surfin’ Safari was their first Top-40 hit in 1962. Still Cruisin’ from the movie Lethal Weapon 2 became their 59th hit single in 1989.
The Beach Boys have recorded so many great songs and picking a favorite is tough.
Here’s one that peaked at #20 in the summer of 1968 – Do It Again.