Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963

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McFarland, May 29, 2015 - Music - 436 pages
They were almost The Pendletones—after the Pendleton wool shirts favored on chilly nights at the beach—then The Surfers, before being named The Beach Boys. But what separated them from every other teenage garage band with no musical training? They had raw talent, persistence and a wellspring of creativity that launched them on a legendary career now in its sixth decade. Following the musical vision of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys blended ethereal vocal harmonies, searing electric guitars and lush arrangements into one of the most distinctive sounds in the history of popular music. Drawing on original interviews and newly uncovered documents, this book untangles the band’s convoluted early history and tells the story of how five boys from California formed America’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band.
 

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I received this book from the Early Reviewers program and it was a bit intimidating. I learned a lot about the Beach Boys and the formation of the group. I also learned a lot about the advent of Rock ... Read full review

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This is a wonderful tome for the dyed-in-the-Pendleton-wool Beach Boys fan. James B. Murphy combined his love for the Boys with true scholarship in documenting every twist and turn of the first two ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
A Note About Record Charts
7
1 Hawthorne High and Graduation Day
9
2 Hawthorne California
24
Dorinda and Hite Morgan
34
Virginia and Donald Jardine
46
5 A Musical Education
56
20 A Sonic Tidal Wave JanuaryMarch 1963
259
21 Making Waves in the Midwest AprilJune 1963
281
22 36 Cities in 45 days JulyAugust 1963
297
23 The Greatest Second Chance in Rock n Roll SeptemberOctober 1963
309
24 The Warmth of the Sun NovemberDecember 1963
319
The Hite Morgan TapesDiscovery Illumination and Litigation
324
The Beach Boys Personal Appearances 19611963
343
Timeline of Surfin Releases
368

6 Life After High School July 1960July 1961
68
7 Someone Should Write a Song About Surfing AugustOctober 1961
81
8 Pendletones Become Surfers November 1961
100
9 CANDIX Enterprises Inc
111
10 Call Them the Beach BoysRuss Regan
117
11 A Month of Firsts December 1961
124
12 Number 3 in LA JanuaryFebruary 1962
137
13 One Hit Wonders March 1962
156
14 Making Tracks to the Tower April 1962
168
15 A Capitol Contract MayJune 1962
185
16 Safari California Style July 1962
201
17 Pandoras Box and Azusa Teen Club August 1962
212
18 Beyond the Boys September 1962
226
19 An Album Debut and the Pressures On OctoberDecember 1962
239
Surfin Chart Position History
369
Surfin Revenue and Expense Stream and Production Flow
370
Standard Songwriters Contract for Surfin Dated September 15 1961
371
Floor Plan of Hite and Dorinda Morgans Home 2511 Mayberry Street
372
Floor Plan of CANDIX Enterprises 6425 Hollywood Boulevard
373
American Federation of Musicians Contract Dated February 8 1962
374
Letter of Intent and Agreement from Murry Wilson to Hite B Morgan Dated March 29 1962
375
Floor Plan of Stereo Masters 55345538 Melrose Avenue
376
The Beach Boys Midwest Tour April 24May 5 1963
377
Dennis by Dorinda Morgan
378
Chapter Notes
379
Bibliography
400
Index
405
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James B. Murphy is a companion animal veterinarian in Washington, D.C. He lives in Bowie, Maryland.

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