The Beach Boys
Carl Wilson (deceased)
Dennis Wilson (deceased)
The Beach Boys first burst onto the music scene in November 1961 with their
release of the single "Surfin'". The single was moderately successful, hitting
#75 in the United States. The band released their first album Surfin' Safari in
1962. The album included hits such as "Surfin' Safari", "409" and of course "Surfin'".
The album reached #32 in the United States, a reasonable performance for the
band's debut album.
The bands first top ten single was "Surfin' USA" which peaked at #3 in the United States. It was also the band's first single to chart in the United Kingdom reaching #34 on the UK charts. The follow up album to Surfin' Safari was Surfin' USA which was released a year after their first album in 1963. The album was the band's first top ten album in the United States reaching #2. It was also their first album to chart in the United Kingdom peaking at #17. The band's third studio album Surfer Girl, which was released in 1963, hit #7 in the United States and #13 in the United Kingdom. The album included such classic songs as "Surfer Girl", "Little Deuce Coupe" and "In My Room". The Beach Boys also released their fourth studio album in 1963, called Little Deuce Coupe.
The following year saw the Beach Boys release three studio albums, Shut Down Volume 2, All Summer Long and The Beach Boys' Christmas Album, and one live album, Beach Boys Concert. The Beach Boys Concert album surprisingly provided The Beach Boys with their first and only chart topping album as it reached #1 in the United States. That year also provided the band's first ever US #1 single with "I Get Around" from their All Summer Long album.
In 1965, the Beach Boys released another three albums The Beach Boys Today!, Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) and Beach Boys' Party!. The Beach Boys Today! album was the band's first ever top ten album in the United Kingdom, peaking at #6. The album also proved successful in the US, reaching #4. The follow-up album Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) reached #2 in the US and #4 in the UK and the album included such classic songs as "Help Me, Rhonda" and "California Girls". "Help Me, Rhonda" was the band's second #1 single in the United States.
In 1966 the band released what many people consider their best album, Pet Sounds. The album featured some of their most recognisable songs including "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "Sloop John B" and "God Only Knows". On its release, the album did not perform as well as Brian Wilson hoped it would, only peaking at #10 in the US. In the UK, however, the album reached #2, the best chart position for any Beach Boys album in that country. The follow-up to Pet Sounds was Smiley Smile which was released in 1967. The album hit #41 in the United States but reached an impressive #9 in the United Kingdom. The album featured the UK top ten song "Heroes and Villains" and it also featured the band's third US #1 hit and their first #1 UK hit in "Good Vibrations". It was the first and only time that a Beach Boys single hit #1 in both the US and UK. The band also released their 13th studio album Wild Honey that year which peaked at #24 in the US and #7 in the UK. The album featured the single "Darlin'" which peaked at #19 in the US and #11 in the UK.
In 1968, the band released just one album: Friends. The album sold poorly in the US, reaching only #126, but it managed to reach #13 in the UK. The following year, 1969, saw the release of the band's 15th and final studio album with Capitol Records, 20/20. The album featured the Beach Boys' second UK #1 hit, "Do It Again" with the B-side being "Wake the World".
1970 saw the band release Sunflower, which was their 16th studio album and their first album under their newly-formed record label Brother Records. The album was also their first album of the 1970s. It featured such well-known Beach Boys songs as "Add Some Music to Your Day", "This Whole World" and "Forever". The following year saw the band release Surf's Up which featured such songs as "Long Promised Road", "'Til I Die" and "Surf's Up". Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" was the band's next album which was released in 1972. The following year, the band's 19th studio album Holland was released featuring "Sail On, Sailor", which was released twice as a single although it only peaked at #49 in the United States.
1976 saw the return of Brian Wilson as producer of a Beach Boys album - 15 Big Ones. The album peaked at #8 in the US and #31 in the UK and featured the band's Chuck Berry cover "Rock And Roll Music" which peaked at #5 in the US and #36 in the UK.
Overall, the Beach Boys released a total of 28 studio albums between 1962 and 1996. They also released four live albums from 1964 to 2002.