The Beach Boys
While The Beach Boys created a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions, more significant is that this band changed the musical landscape profoundly. 50 years on from their explosive debut, they continue to perform with the same imagination and style - in 2013 their Capitol Records release, Sounds of Summer (RIAA certified triple platinum with over three million in sales and climbing), and its companion, The Warmth of the Sun, marks a resurgence in The Beach Boys interest that has again rocked the world.
Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sun-drenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide. Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston, [Barry Manilow’s I Write the Songs], joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell. Highly regarded as a singer-songwriter, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists.
Had this remarkable band been less committed to its art and its fans, it could have retired from the field with honour at dozens of points along the way, confident that it had made a lasting contribution to world culture. Yet The Beach Boys continue to have fun, fun, fun, with no end in sight. In 2012 The Beach Boys scheduled a 74 concert 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour after which the original members reunited and released That's Why God Made the Radio, the album debuted at no.3 on the Billboard charts, their highest chart position in 37 years and an unprecedented milestone.