Beach Boys in Photographs

Morrison Hotel Gallery is honored to present this collection of Beach Boys photography. One of the most innovative bands ever, the Beach Boys invented California rock. Brian Wilson's songs celebrated a West Coast teen fantasy, full of surfing, driving and pretty girls that barely hid the songwriter's inner conflicts. Wilson orchestrated and produced glossy, manicured tracks with an ultra-smooth blend of guitars and vocal harmonies, creating a signature pop sound as recognizable as any in rock history. The hits were many throughout the 60s: "Surfin' Safari", "Surfin' U.S.A.", "Surfer Girl" and the years 1963-1965 established the Beach Boys' legacy with "Little Deuce Coupe", "Be True to Your School", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "I Get Around", "Dance, Dance, Dance", "Help Me, Rhonda", "California Girls" and such ballads as "In My Room" and "Don't Worry, Baby". These hits, and many more, will come to mind as you browse our Beach Boys photo gallery.

Pet Sounds, which was released in March 1966, and included "Caroline, No", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", and "God Only Knows" stands as one of the most important works in the Beach Boys oeuvre, for it ushered in the era of studio experimentation, predating the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and rivaling even Spector in terms of its sophisticated production. With the passage of time, the importance of Pet Sounds has only grown. Paul McCartney and Beatles producer George Martin have acknowledged that it was the inspiration for Sgt. Pepper's. Pick up good vibrations through our Beach Boys photography gallery below.


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