The Beach Boys In The 1960's

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The 1960s was a decade which contained many cultural, political, and social changes in the United States of America. The Sixties sparked a revolution about clothing, music, drugs, dress, and sexuality all of which impacted musicians, their music, and their performances. At a time when influential bands were starting their careers in England, such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, a young boy band from California was on rise with their unique form of vocal surfer music. The Beach Boys were made up of three brothers named Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson, their cousin, Mike Love, and a close friend, Al Jardine. During his time in high school Brian started to become more serious about music suggesting to his brothers, Love, and Jardine that …show more content…

The lyrics of “Surfin’ U.S.A.” are essentially a guide to ideal surf locations in the U.S. and was based on Chuck Berry’s hit released five years earlier “Sweet Louie Sixteen”. Although meant as a tribute to Berry, the Beach Boys didn't get his permission first causing Berry to threaten to sue. The Beach Boys then agreed to give him most of the royalties and list him as the song's composer in order to avoid further conflict. During the bands live performance of “Surfin’ U.S.A.” on March 14th, 1964, their enthusiasm and joy of performing is very apparent. By constantly bouncing around with ear-to-ear grins they create a celebratory, carefree environment for their audience. Girls can be heard screaming whenever the song gets back to up-tempo as well as when they sing the chorus. The boys’ ocean-oriented lifestyle is demonstrated with their lyrics “if everybody had an ocean/Across the U. S. A./Then everybody'd be surfin'/Like Californi-a”. Although up-beat surfing songs are how the Beach Boys got their start; later in the boys’ career, Brian Wilson started writing deeper, more meaningful lyrics for their …show more content…

and was their second song to hit number one in the charts after “I Get Around”. Despite the deceiving up-tempo tune the song tells a story about a man who loses the girl he wanted to marry to another man and thus is begging Rhonda to help him relieve his pain. Many people speculated Brian Wilson wrote this song with a ‘Rhonda’ of his own but Brian set the rumors straight stating there was no Rhonda in mind when he wrote “Help Me Rhonda”. In their live performance in 1965 the boys continue their notorious, energetic performance adding a lighter feel despite the gloomy, love-sick lyrics. Just like the other performances, girls in the audience can be heard screaming every time the Beach Boys reach the chorus. In this particular performance, there is a group of girls in the background dancing symbolizing potential ‘Rhondas’. Though this song has evolved from their original surfing, California sound to a more serious vibe, the Beach Boys still give there unique, carefree feeling through their

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