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Happy Birthday to
Dave Marks on August 22,
Alan Jardine on September 3 and
Ricky Fataar on September 5!

 

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Glen Campbellblue square dot SAD NEWS: GLEN CAMPBELL, 1936-2017
The music world has lost country music star, ace guitarist and vocalist Glen Campbell, who succumbed to Alzheimer's disease on August 8, 2017 at the age of 81. Glen briefly replaced Brian Wilson for Beach Boys tours in 1964 and 1965. He left to pursue a highly successful solo career, paving the way for Bruce Johnston to join the BBs. As an in-demand guitarist and as one of the Wrecking Crew studio musicians, Glen played guitar on the Beach Boys Pet Sounds album, as well as some of the BBs' hits. He had many hits of his own, including “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Gentle on My Mind,” “Galveston,” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” He also recorded “Guess I'm Dumb,” produced and written by Brian Wilson. Glen hosted his own TV show in the early '70s and was a multiple Grammy winner.
   Brian Wilson on Glen Campbell: “I am very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. Glen was an incredible musician and an even better person. I'm at a loss. Love & Mercy to Glen's family and friends.”
   Alan Jardine on Glen Campbell: “Glen was a good friend and he was generous to a fault. We shared some good times together as fellow Beach Boys when he began his meteoric rise to stardom and continued to be friends. I send all my love to the family and especially Debbie for getting him to that studio that day [to sing on ‘A Postcard from California’]. He made everything sound better. He taught ME how to sing!”
   Mike Love on Glen Campbell: “This morning brought very sad news of the passing of Glen Campbell. I was privileged to know Glen and to spend time with him in 1964 when Brian stopped touring with The Beach Boys and Glen took his place. It was an exciting time back then on tour with screaming girls and good looking Glen bore the brunt of it, losing a watch and getting his shirt ripped by more than enthusiastic fans. I've never met a more talented person in all the years we have been in the music business and never had a better time on tour than the time spent with Glen. His sense of humor was incredible and we never laughed so much as when he was with us. Glen was with us for only a few months before he moved on with his career and what a phenomenal one it was! In later years, it was fun to drop in and visit him. Often in his shows he would do a Beach Boys medley. Our paths crossed countless times on the road including a Super Bowl performance together in San Diego many years ago. No matter when or where we were Glen, or the oldest living teenager as he referred to himself, was always witty, down to earth and just a whole lotta fun to be with. We last saw Glen in person backstage at the Grammys in 2012, highlighted by a tribute to Glen. We took a photo together and though he had been diagnosed with the disease that ultimately ended his life, he was kind and friendly which was his nature. We lost a friend this morning, and the world lost an enormously talented person in Glen Campbell. We are blessed to have known him and the world is blessed to have his musical legacy that will forever be part of America's best music. He joins a growing list of legends that have left us with their musical gifts and Glen Campbell is one of the brightest stars in the musical firmament. As he said ‘I am just a country boy with guitar’ — we say no, you are our country's hero with a guitar! We love you Glen. Peace Brother, Mike Love.”

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blue square dot BRUCE JOHNSTON TEMPORARILY OFF TOUR
Bruce Johnston posted the following on Mike Love's Facebook page:
“Hey Boys & Girls, I am feeling a little under the weather, but I'll be back on the stage before you know it. See you soon, Bruce Johnston.”
(updated 9-13-17)

blue square dot RHODE ISLAND STREET NAMED FOR THE BBS
On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, The Beach Boys are being honored for the 40th Anniversary of performing for the largest concert audience EVER assembled in the history of Rhode Island, a record that has never been broken. Over 40,000 fans gathered to watch their performance on September 2, 1977 at the Narragansett Park Race Track in Pawtucket, RI. The commemoration ceremony is being coordinated by music historians Al Gomes and Connie Watrous, and will include Grammy Award-winning BB producer Alan Boyd; Pawtucket, RI Mayor Donald Grebien; East Providence, RI Mayor James Briden; and representatives of Rhode Island Governor Gina Marie Raimondo and US Senator Jack Reed.
   Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston were presented the award before their show at Bold Point Park in East Providence, RI. Watch the ceremony video here. The city of Pawtucket also commemorated the location of the 1977 concert stage by renaming the street as “The Beach Boys Way.” (updated 9-1-17)

Graduation Day 1966: Live at the University of Michiganblue square dot NEW ARCHIVAL BEACH BOYS RELEASE: 1967 – SUNSHINE TOMORROW
1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow
is a new archival 2CD and digital collection from The Beach Boys, released worldwide on June 30 by Capitol/UMe. 1967-ST features producers Mark Linett and Alan Boyd's new, first-ever stereo mix of The Beach Boys' 1967 Wild Honey album and throws open the legendary band's vault to debut 54 sought-after 1967 rarities, 50 years after they were put to tape. Previously unreleased highlights on the new collection include The Beach Boys' shelved "live" album, Lei'd in Hawaii, studio recordings from the Wild Honey and Smiley Smile album sessions, and several standout concert recordings spanning 1967 to 1970. Wild Honey's new stereo mix will also debut in a 180-gram vinyl 50th anniversary edition on July 21. More information. (updated 6-30-17)

Graduation Day 1966: Live at the University of Michiganblue square dot NEW BRIAN WILSON SOLO ANTHOLOGY
A new anthology of Brian Wilson's solo career will be released in multiple formats on September 22. Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology will contain tracks from Brian's solo albums, plus two previously unreleased songs, “Some Sweet Day” and “Run James Run.” More information. (updated 6-20-17)

blue square dot BBC RADIO REQUEST: “GOD ONLY KNOWS”
Nicola Humphries
is producing a music documentary for BBC Radio which is dedicated to the song “God Only Knows.” The program is part of the Soul Music series — as in music that touches the soul — and features interviews with people from around the world sharing their personal connections to a specific piece of music.
   She says: “If you have a strong personal memory connected to this song we'd love to hear from you. Perhaps ‘God Only Knows’ reminds you of an important person or a special time in your life? If so, please get in touch via email including details about your special memory and your contact details as soon as possible before October 10th. We might not be able to include every story but we'll be in touch with you if we can include yours. Please email nicola.humphries@bbc.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you.” (updated 7-11-17)

blue square dot SUMMER TOURS AND BEYOND
Brian Wilson has announced a Fall extension of his “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances” (of Pet Sounds in its entirety) tour with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston have also announced their “Wild Honey World Tour” (in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild Honey album), also extending into the Fall. (updated 5-11-17)

Graduation Day 1966: Live at the University of Michiganblue square dot DENNIS WILSON'S BAMBU SESSIONS VINYL RSD RELEASE
Dennis Wilson
's Bambu (The Caribou Sessions) is getting a vinyl release for Record Store Day on April 22, 2017. Recorded in 1978 and released on CD in 2008, the power and emotion of this unfinished followup to Pacific Ocean Blue can be heard on a newly-designed 2-LP set pressed on colored vinyl and featuring new liner notes by Ken Sharp. (updated 4-14-17)

blue square dot BBs AND FAMILY GUESTING ON RECENT RECORDINGS
David Marks is a featured performer on Mod Hippie's psychotronic second album Big Wow. The CD is $13.99 (w/ shipping), from Karma Frog (www.karmafrog.com/store.html). Alan Jardine's sons, Matthew and Adam, are heard on a Timothy B. Schmit song called “The Island,” a cut from his recent album Leap of Faith. Alan and Matt also sing background vocals on John Mayer's song “Emoji of a Wave,” from The Search for Everything – Wave Two album. (updated 4-5-17)

blue square dot NEW BB GRANDCHILD
Congratulations to the extended Wilson family on the birth of Wade Benjamin Wilson, born to Britta and Justyn Wilson on March 31, 2017. Wade is Beach Boy Carl Wilson and Annie Wilson-Karges' grandson. (updated 4-5-17)

blue square dot SHOWTIME'S THE BEACH BOYS: MAKING PET SOUNDS DOCUMENTARY
Showtime subscribers will be able to watch a new documentary The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds. The film features interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, and will explore “the story of the creation of the record that cemented The Beach Boys' reputation as a leading force to rival The Beatles.” Watch the teaser trailer. (updated 3-30-17)

blue square dot “AN EVENING WITH THE BEACH BOYS' MIKE LOVE”
On May 16, 2017, Mike Love will be making a special appearance in London, England to discuss his new autobio with The Times' rock and pop editor Ed Potton, for members of The London Times. More information here. (updated 4-9-17)

blue square dot NEW BB GRANDCHILD
Congratulations to the extended Wilson family on the birth of Wade Benjamin Wilson, born to Britta and Justyn Wilson on March 31, 2017. Wade is Beach Boy Carl Wilson and Annie Wilson-Karge's grandson. (updated 4-1-17)

Graduation Day 1966: Live at the University of Michiganblue square dot GRADUATION DAY 1966: LIVE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RELEASE
A new live Beach Boys recording, Graduation Day 1966: Live at the University of Michigan was released digitally on December 9, 2016. This album includes both shows from Oct. 22, 1966 in Ann Arbor, MI, featuring one of the first live performances of “Good Vibrations.” (updated 12-9-16)

Good Vibrations (50th Anniversary Edition) EPblue square dot 50TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL “GOOD VIBRATIONS” RELEASE
The Beach Boys
and Capitol/UMe will release “Good Vibrations (50th Anniversary Edition)” on a 12-inch sunburst vinyl EP worldwide on October 7. The EP features the original 7" single version, an alternate studio take, an edit of the song with elements from various sessions, an instrumental, and a live version from a Honolulu rehearsal in August 1967, plus the single's B-side, "Let's Go Away For Awhile." A pull-out lithograph of the single's original Japanese cover art is included in the EP package, which features the original 1966 U.S. single cover art on its front. More information. (updated 8-31-16)

Becoming the Beach Boys 2-CD setblue square dot BECOMING THE BEACH BOYS ALBUM
Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite and Dorinda Morgan Sessions was released on August 26, 2016. This album includes the sessions for nine of the Beach Boys' earliest recordings as a group, 1961-62, before they signed with Capitol Records. The 2-CD set features demos, all available takes, studio banter, and master recordings, for a total of 63 tracks. Watch the trailer for the album here. (updated 8-31-16)

blue square dot MIKE LOVE AND BRIAN WILSON AUTOBIOS
Brian Wilson and Mike Love are both writing books about their lives, which will be published Fall 2015.
   Mike's book, Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, co-written by James S. Hirsch, will be out on Sept. 13 from Penguin-Random House. Mike's book will be available in hardback, ebook, and audiobook (read by Mike) in CD and digital formats.
   Brian's book, titled I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir and co-authored by Ben Greenman, will be out on Oct. 11 from Da Capo Press. Brian's book will be available in hardback, ebook, and audio formats. (updated 8/27/16)

blue square dot BRIAN WILSON AND FRIENDS
Brian Wilson and Friends
, the PBS Soundstage episode in support of Brian's No Pier Pressure album, is now available in wide release in both CD/DVD combo and Blu-Ray packages. Brian and friends (including Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar, Billy Hinsche, and many of the guest artists who appear on NPP) appear on this live performance from Dec. 12, 2014, at the Venetian in Las Vegas. (updated 8/1/16)

blue square dot PET SOUNDS (50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION) BOX SET
The Beach Boys'
Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Edition) will be released worldwide on June 10 in several configurations, including a 4CD/Blu-Ray Audio collector's edition presented in a hardbound book. This will include the original album remastered in stereo and mono, plus various mixes, session outtakes, alternate takes, and previously unreleased live recordings. There will also be a 2CD and digital deluxe edition pairing the remastered album in stereo and mono, with highlights from the collectors edition's additional tracks, and remastered, 180-gram LP editions of the album in mono and stereo with faithfully replicated original artwork. More. (updated 3-28-16)

blue square dot LIVE IN THE STUDIO “SLOOP JOHN B” VIDEO
Brian Wilson
and Al Jardine have released a live in the studio video version of “Sloop John B” in celebration of Pet Sounds' 50th anniversary. It can be viewed on YouTube. (updated 6-7-16)

blue square dot DAVID MARKS, BACK IN THE GARAGE
David Marks
has released a new album, Back in the Garage, featuring the A-Phonics. The release includes new versions of surf classics, including Beach Boys instrumentals and Marksmen tunes. The limited-edition CD version has sold out, but the album is still available in download format. (updated 6-5-16)

BeachBoys Live in Chicago 1965blue square dot NEW! BEACH BOYS LIVE IN CHICAGO 1965
A new Beach Boys archival concert album, Live in Chicago 1965, was released Dec. 11, 2015 in digital format. The album has two complete shows with Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine, plus some bonus rehearsal tracks. This release joins Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged as 2015's end of the year archival treats. (updated 12-11-15)

blue square dot NEW ARCHIVAL BB PARTY! RELEASE
Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged coverIn celebration of the Party! album's 50th anniversary, Capitol/UMe is releasing a deluxe, expanded edition of the album, titled Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged, on Nov. 20, 2015. This 2-CD and digital set features 81 tracks, including the orginal album without the overdubbed party sound effects, plus 69 more songs and dialog from the Party! recording sessions. The package also includes photos from the sessions, essays by Beach Boys historians Alan Boyd and Craig Slowinski, and notes by Mark Linett. A vinyl LP of the Party! album's original 12 tracks, remixed, and remastered in the “Uncovered and Unplugged” style, will follow on December 11. More. (updated 10-23-15)

blue square dot LOVE & MERCY VIDEO AND SOUNDTRACK
The Love & Mercy soundtrack is now available worldwide in digital format and will be released on CD on September 18. The film is now out in digital format and will be released in DVD and Blu-Ray on September 15. (updated 8-25-15)

blue square dot LOVE & MERCY BW BIOPIC
Love & Mercy, the Brian Wilson biopic, is set to hit theaters June 5, 2015. L&M is an “unconventional” portrait of Brian, with Paul Dano playing him in the 1960s (with The Beach Boys), intercut with John Cusack's portrayal of Brian's dark years under the control of Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) and his developing romance with second wife Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) in the 1980s. Watch the teaser and the preview for the film. Fans are compiling reviews and media for L&M here. (updated 6-4-15)

blue square dot FREE TOUR E-BOOKLETS AVAILABLE
Download Endless Summer Quarterly's FREE 2014 tour program for Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston's shows, complete with full color pictures. Also download ESQ's FREE 2014 tour program for Brian Wilson and Al Jardine's shows. Both books are in pdf format. (updated 12/2/14)

blue square dot BB VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE AT SELECT VENUES
Beach Boys Mike Love
and Bruce Johnston personally invite you to become a Beach Boys VIP and sit in on their soundcheck, then come backstage for a preshow party. There will be a Q&A, some cool memorabilia, and a photo op! Check out Mike Love's website (www.mikelove.com/VIP) or the official BB website (www.thebeachboys.com) for available dates. See package details here. (updated 8/7/14)

blue square dot THE BIG BEAT 1963 DIGITAL RELEASE
Capitol Records is releasing The Big Beat 1963, a compilation of archival Beach Boys tracks and Brian Wilson productions for other acts. Consisting of mostly previously-unreleased rarities, this collection of early material will be a digital-only release, available December 17, 2013. More. (updated 12/11/13)

Made in Californiablue square dot MADE IN CALIFORNIA CD BOX SET
The Beach Boys' Made in California, a career-spanning box set, was released on August 27, 2013. This 6-CD set includes previously unreleased and long sought-after tracks, including “Goin' to the Beach,” “California Feelin',” “Soul Searchin',” “You're Still a Mystery,” “(Wouldn't It Be Nice To) Live Again,” and more. The set also debuts 17 unreleased live recordings, dating from 1965-95, including “Wendy” live in a BBC studio from 1964, an early '70s version of “Help Me Rhonda” with Dennis Wilson on lead, “Only With You” live 1972, and “Wild Honey (New Jersey 1972)” with Blondie Chaplin on lead vocal. More information and full track listing. (updated 9/1/13)

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BB CONTACT INFORMATION
Mail may be sent to members of the Beach Boys through BBFC:
blankspacerBeach Boys Fan Club, 50 S. Emery St. #4E, Pahrump, NV 89048.

Brian Wilson may also be contacted via his message board at brianwilson.com. Additionally, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, and David Marks all have official Facebook and other social media presences.

 

 
 

About BBFC

The club was started by Alice, the president, in 1973, when she wrote to rock magazines expressing an interest in seeing more articles about the Beach Boys. After one of her letters was printed, several people contacted her about forming a club. Ads in Rolling Stone generated more membership; the first newsletter was published in 1976. The Beach Boys' promotional people took an interest, resulting in BBFC's becoming the official Beach Boys fan organization.

SUBSCRIBE: You can receive our latest newsletter by joining the club. Basic membership is $5.00 ($8.00 in U.S. funds for overseas members). This includes five issues of our newsletter (published irregularly), with news and other information, tour dates, editorials, and a classified section, as well as email bulletins for between-newsletter news.

HOW TO JOIN BBFC
Send your contact information and $5 ($8 overseas) in check or money order to the Beach Boys Fan Club, 50 S. Emery St. #4E, Pahrump, NV 89048. We have provided an application form for your convenience. (You do not need to include an SASE when sending payment.)