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AN ESQ OFFERING FROM THE BOYS OF SUMMER CD
The Summer 2010 edition of Endless Summer Quarterly (ESQ) features an article on “The Beach Boys' TV & Film Appearances, Pt. 2” and a new, limited-edition compilation CD that gathers together music from Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks, Dean Torrence, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Jan Berry in one collection for the first time ever.

An ESQ Offering from The Boys of Summer CD
(Not for sale, ESQBBCD2010)

  1. Brian Wilson: The Spirit of Rock & Roll
  2. Mike Love: Cool Head, Warm Heart
  3. Beckley-Lamm-Wilson (featuring Carl Wilson): Run Don't Walk
  4. David Marks: Big Wave
  5. Jan & Dean: Ocean Park Angel
  6. Al Jardine (with Brian Wilson): Honkin' Down the Highway
  7. Al Jardine (with Brian Wilson & David Marks): Drivin'
  8. Dean Torrence: Sunny Afternoon
  9. Carl Wilson and Brian Wilson: Soul Searchin'
  10. David Marks (with Al Jardine): I Sail Away
  11. Dennis Wilson: Mexico
  12. Mike Love: Love Like in Fairytales
  13. David Marks: The Circle Continues
  14. Beckley-Lamm-Wilson (featuring Carl Wilson): Like A Brother
Individual issues are $25 (available October 1). Subscription rates are US $30 for 4 issues ($34 for Canada and Mexico; $38 throughout the rest of the world). U.S. funds only. Make checks payable to: Endless Summer Quarterly. Send to ESQ at P.O. Box 470315, Charlotte, NC 28247. ESQ accepts Paypal payments, pay to esqeditor@aol.com. For more information, visit the ESQ website. (updated 5/30/10)

“CALIFORNIA GIRLS GRAMMY HONOR”
The Beach Boys' classic recording “California Girls” has been selected to join 24 other recordings in the 2009 Grammy Hall of Fame. (updated 11/25/09)

MIKE AND CHRISTIAN LOVE GUEST ON BENEFIT CD
Mike Love and son Christian join Weezer, Collective Soul, David Coverdale of Whitesnake, Jon Anderson of Yes, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and more on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) Hope for The Holidays CD. For more info on this project, go to www.jdrf.org. (11/15/09)

BRIAN WILSON'S DISNEY RECORD DEAL
Brian Wilson has signed a two-album deal with Walt Disney Records' Pearl label. The first album will be covers of tunes crafted by the early-20th century music legends George and Ira Gershwin. Brian has also been granted permission by the Gershwin estate to complete two of George Gershwin's unfinished compositions, in a unique collaboration. The second album will be an album of Brian's versions of Disney classic tunes. More details can be found on Brian's website. (updated 10/8/09)

SURF CITY ALLSTARS: ACOUSTIC VIBRATIONS
The Surf City AllStars have released their latest CD called Acoustic Vibrations, which features their own acoustic versions of Beach Boys tunes, with some special guest vocalists. Alan and Matt Jardine are featured singing lead and background on many of the tracks. David Marks and Dean Torrence sing lead as well on a couple of tracks. The CD can be purchased via the Surf City AllStars website. (updated 9/12/09)

THE BEACH BOYS: SUNFLOWERand SURF'S UP REISSUE
Capitol/EMI will reiussue The Beach Boys' Sunflower and Surf's Up albums on vinyl, as part of their “From the Capitol Vaults” series on June 16th. Pet Sounds has also been reissued on 24k gold plate CD in a remix sourced from the original analog mix, on Audio Fidelity. (3/11/09)

DENNIS WILSON: PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION
Dennis Wilson's long out-of-print solo album was reissued June 17, 2008 on Caribou/Legacy. The two-disc set, titled Pacific Ocean Blue: Legacy Edition, contains a remastered version of his acclaimed 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue, as well as his previously unreleased Bambu album, considered a lost classic by rock historians. Overall, this set includes 20 previously unreleased tracks from Dennis. More. (updated 6/23/08)

BRIAN WILSON: THAT LUCKY OLD SUN
Brian Wilson's That Lucky Old Sun

  • Brian Wilson will be releasing a studio version of That Lucky Old Sun on Capitol Records. The vinyl version of the album will be released on Aug. 19, 2008 in the U.S. The CD version, plus a package with the CD and an additional "Making Of" DVD, are set for a Sept. 2 U.S. release. From Aug. 22 - Sept. 1, you can listen to the the album in streaming audio from over 50 Gannett newspaper and television websites, including USA Today. A video for "Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl" from TLOS is available for viewing here. Capitol has an official website for TLOS (all-Flash site, plugin required). Brian is also touring behind the new album this fall. Brian recently taped a performance of TLOS which will appear online on Yahoo! on Sept. 1st. For more details, see Brian's website or his MySpace page. (updated 8/22/08)

  • NPR has posted Brian Wilson's complete live performance of That Lucky Old Sun (audio), recorded during his appearance at The Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, on Nov. 18, 2008. There's also an extensive interview with Brian and band available for viewing. Rolling Stone is also running an interview story on Brian and the band. (12/17/08)

  • Capitol/EMI released a companion DVD for Brian Wilson's That Lucky Old Sun. The DVD features a full-length live performance of the album, documentary, and behind-the-scenes footage from the album's recording sessions, and some of Brian's recently filmed promotional performances and interviews (Yahoo! Music, MySpace, and “Black Cab Sessions”). For more details, see Brian's website or his MySpace page. (updated 1/27/09)

    DAVID MARKS: THE LOST YEARS
    David Marks has released a new 3-CD compilation of recordings over his career, called The Lost Years. The CD collection, which includes tracks from Dave & the Marksmen, The Moon, and David solo, is available from David's website. (updated 1/23/08)

    BEACH BOYS BOX SET: THE CAPITOL YEARS (1962-1965)
    The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection — The Capitol Years (1962-1965) was released on June 10, 2008, as a limited edition boxed set of 16 CDs and as a digital collection. More. (updated 6/9/08)

    BRIAN'S TRIBUTE TO BROTHER CARL
    Brian Wilson has recorded a new version of Carl Wilson's signature song, "Heaven," as a tribute to Carl on his birthday (Dec. 21). The song has been incorporated into a touching slide show of the two brothers, which can be seen on Brian's website. (12/29/07)

    BRIAN WILSON, “SPEED TURTLE”
    Brian Wilson appears on Sandra Boynton's new album project, Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox hits From Way Back Never. Brian's contribution is called "Speed Turtle," a song written by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford, with vocals arranged and sung by Brian. (10/11/07)

    BRIAN WILSON, “LIVE LET LIVE”
    Brian Wilson has contributed a new song, "Live Let Live," to the soundtrack for the upcoming National Geographic feature documentary, Arctic Tale. To hear a sample of the song, visit the film website. (7/9/07)

    BRIAN WILSON, THAT LUCKY OLD SUN, PART 1
    Brian Wilson returns to London's Royal Festival Hall in September for six nights that will include the world premiere of a brand-new work. Commissioned by Southbank Centre for its opening season, the piece, titled That Lucky Old Sun, will consist of ten songs and five narratives, focusing on themes of life in Los Angeles. Brian's lyrical collaborators include Van Dyke Parks and Scott Bennett. The shows, taking place September 10-16, 2007, will see Brian perform a diverse show of music including classic songs that he's never played live before, as well as at least one song in honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. Brian's website has made "Midnight's Another Day" and "Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl" from That Lucky Old Sun, available for listening. (updated 9/7/07)

    THE BEACH BOYS, THE WARMTH OF THE SUN COMPILATION
    As a follow-up to Sounds of Summer, The Beach Boys have released a new compilation CD, The Warmth of the Sun. This new collection of 28 career-spanning tracks, hand-selected and sequenced by The Beach Boys themselves, includes "Sail On Sailor," "The Little Girl I Once Knew," and "Feel Flows." The album is available in CD and digital download formats. There is also a podcast series on the album, available from iTunes, which features new and archival commentary from the individual Beach Boys on each track. For more information on Warmth and to hear the podcasts, go here. (updated 6/13/07)

    MIKE LOVE, “SANTA'S GOIN' TO KOKOMO”
    Mike Love has recorded a Christmas single for radio and iTunes release called "Santa's Goin' to Kokomo." The animated video of the song can be seen on YouTube and on the Beach Boys Band homepage. (12/6/06)

    DAVID MARKS, I THINK ABOUT YOU OFTEN
    David Marks' new solo CD, I Think About You Often, as well as his vintage live recording, Live @ Blue Dolphin '77, are now available. Ordering information and sample clips are available on Dave's website; sample clips are also available on his MySpace site. (updated 8/24/06)

    40TH ANNIVERSARY OF PET SOUNDS & “GOOD VIBRATIONS”
    Special 40th anniversary repackages of the Beach Boys' “Good Vibrations” and Pet Sounds are being released. The CD single of “Good Vibrations,” features five versions of the recording in progress, plus the original U.S. B-side. The Pet Sounds deluxe edition includes a CD/DVD package with various mixes of the album, plus previously unreleased promo and documentary footage. There will also be a limited edition color vinyl release, with mono and stereo mixes. Brian Wilson's website is offering a weekly series of podcasts on Pet Sounds, with commentary from the surviving Beach Boys on each track. The free podcasts may also be heard on iTunes, which is also offering digital downloads of 1998's Pet Sounds Box Set for sale. (updated 8/24/06)

    THE BEACH BOYS, SONGS FROM HERE AND BACK
    A new Beach Boys CD, Songs From Here and Back, is out. The album consists of previously unreleased tracks, with both vintage live concert recordings and new studio solo offerings. The limited-edition release is being sold through July 23 (while supplies last) at Hallmark Gold Crown stores. Full details may be found at the official CD website and at www.esquarterly.com. Greetings cards that play Beach Boys songs are also available. (updated 7/18/06)

    BLONDIE CHAPLIN, BETWEEN US
    Blondie Chaplin has a new solo album, Between Us, available via his new website. (7/18/06)

    BILLY HINSCHE, MIXED MESSAGES
    Mixed Messages is Billy Hinsche's first studio solo album and represents the culmination of 35 years of writing and recording. The Beach Boys (individually and collectively) guest on several tracks. More. (4/14/06)

    ADAM MARSLAND'S CHAOS BAND, SONGS OF DENNIS AND CARL WILSON LIVE
    You can now order the new CD by Adam Marsland's Chaos Band (featuring Evie Sands and special guest Alan Boyd). Long Promised Road is a live recording of the Chaos Band's tribute to Carl and Dennis Wilson tour, taken from their L.A. show last spring. The CD contains 20 tracks, 14 of which are Carl and/or Dennis originals, including covers of the unreleased Wilson songs "Carry Me Home" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice to Live Again." The basic price for the album is $15 US. Orders can be taken worldwide, via credit card and PayPal; other forms of payment can be arranged. Go to Adam Marsland's homepage or MySpace site for ordering and details. The CD is now going into wide release and will be available in stores and from online retailers. (updated 2/16/06)

    BRIAN WILSON, LIVE AT THE ROXY
    Brian Wilson
    booked L.A.'s Roxy Theater for a two-night stint on April 7-8, to record a live album with his current tour band (including Jeffrey Foskett and the Wondermints). Live at the Roxy Theatre is being sold via Brian's website (BrianWilson.com); orders now being accepted. Preorders are currently shipping. Click here for full information, track listings, and liner notes. (updated 6/1/00)

    PET SOUNDS SESSIONS GETS GRAMMY NOMINATION
    The Beach Boys Pet Sounds Sessions box set was nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Historical Album. Individuals credited in this project include The Beach Boys, David Leaf, Mark Linett and Brian Wilson (compilation producers), and Joe Gaswirt (mastering engineer). While the Hank Williams box took the Grammy, BBFC says kudos to everyone on the nomination! (3/31/99)

    SYMPHONIC SOUNDS
    Bruce Johnston
    's project with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Sounds: Music of the Beach Boys, was also released on Aug. 11, 1998. The album features symphonic renditions of Beach Boys songs with guest vocalists, including Bruce, Mike Love, and Matt Jardine. Others involved in this project include Billy Hinsche, Mike Meros, and Adrian Baker. See Platinum Entertainment's web site for more details. (8/12/98)

    IMAGINATION
    Brian Wilson
    's new solo album Imagination, is now available in stores. For a list of radio stations to call to request airplay, visit the fan support page. An a capella version of "Your Imagination" is also available on the 3-song CD single release (it will not appear on the album). The retail chain Best Buys is offering a bonus "Words and Music" CD packaged with Imagination, featuring Brian being interviewed by Sean Lennon.

    Other tracks on Imagination include "She Says That She Needs Me," "South American," "Where Has Love Been," "Keep An Eye On Summer," "Dream Angel," "Cry," "Let Him Run Wild," "Lay Down Burden" (a tribute to brother Carl), "Sunshine," and "Happy Days Are Here Again." Guest lyricists include Jimmy Buffet, Carole Bayer Sager, and J.D. Souther. Co-producer Joe Thomas says, "Where this album is (in sound and spirit) is pretty much the period right before Pet Sounds." Visit Break Away and Giant Records website for more details and downloadable clips. Warning: Giant's site uses frames.(7/24/98)

    BEACH BOY'S TRACK TO BE INCLUDED ON TAMMY WYNETTE TRIBUTE ALBUM
    Tammy Wynette's final recording, "In My Room," with Brian Wilson, has just been released. The song is part of a multi-artist tribute collection dedicated to Wynette, Tribute to Tradition, released Sept. 22 on Columbia Records. (9/24/98)

    ALAN JARDINE WORKING ON ALBUM WITH HIS SONS
    Alan Jardine
    , along with his two grown sons, Matt and Adam, has been recording a new album this summer. The currently untitled album will have an environmental theme and will feature songs written and performed by The Jardines. Beach Boys supporting musicians Mike Kowalski, Mike Meros, Ed Carter and Billy Hinsche have been tapped to provide backing. Alan is co-producing with Michael Utley, who has produced for Jimmy Buffett. The Jardines have already recorded one song in Buffett's studio, an upbeat number called "Islands in the Sun." Other songs that may be included are: a remake of Buffett's "A Pirate Looks at 40"; a remake of "California Saga"; a new number by Alan and Larry D'Voskin called "Wish"; and additional works by Alan, Matthew and Adam. See Brown & Dutch's press release for more details. (6/12/98)

    SOME FAMILIAR GUEST VOCALISTS ON ACAPULCO GIRLS
    Mike Love, Bruce Johnston
    and David Marks have joined with José Hernandez and his Mariacho Sol de Mexico to remake "California Girls" as "Acapulco Girls," with Spanish language lyrics and Latin rhythms. "Kokomo," in English and Spanish is also included. Love, Johnston and Marks appear on these two songs from the album, which is called Acapulco Girls. (5/27/98)

    PET SOUNDS SESSIONS
    The Beach Boys' four CD box set, Pet Sounds Sessions is in stores now. The CDs include a remastered mono version, the much-anticipated stereo mix, demos, alternate mixes, and vocal- and instrumental-only versions. The package also includes a 120-page CD-size book featuring comments from Brian Wilson, other members of The Beach Boys, studio musicians and tech people who worked on the album, Paul McCartney, and others. (10/14/97)

    SALUTE TO NASCAR LIMITED EDITION RELEASE
    Bruce Johnston, Mike Love,
    and David Marks, along with Dean Torrence, have released an album of remakes of automotively-themed classics in a salute to NASCAR's 50th anniversary. This special collector's edition has ten tracks, including "Little GTO," "Little Old Lady from Pasadena," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," and "Ballad of Ole' Betsy." Salute to NASCAR is available on CD and cassette at Union 76 stations for a limited time period. (4/2/98)

    THE WILSONS
    Brian Wilson
    joins his daughters for four tracks on Carnie and Wendy's recent album, The Wilsons, released on September 9. Brian appears on "Miracle," "'Til I Die," "Everything I Need," and "Monday Without You." Other cuts from Carnie and Wendy include "St. Joan," "Good About You," "Candy," "Open Door," "Not Your Average Girl," "Goddess's Revival," "Everything," and "I Hate Your Face." A video for "Monday Without You," has been made. (9/23/97)

    PERFECT HARMONY
    A new, specially-packaged, limited-edition Beach Boys compilation, Perfect Harmony, is now available in stores from EMI-Capitol Records. (10/23/97)

    CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
    Brian Wilson
    and his daughters appear on a various artists compilation CD called Christmas Spirit, a benefit project for the Children's Defense Fund. Carnie and Wendy Wilson contribute two tracks, "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" (with Casey Stratton), and Brian contributes a home-studio version of "Joy to the World." Christmas Spirit is available on the UAV Entertainment label and can be ordered directly from UAV Customer Service, via their web site, e-mail, or by phone at 1-800-486-6782. Credit card purchases only. (12/12/97)

    TWO BBs GUESTING ON KING'S SINGERS ALBUM
    Bruce Johnston
    and Mike Love show up on the King's Singers' new album Spirit Voices, from BMG Classics. Bruce produced five tracks on the album, including "Lift the Wings," "She Moved Through the Fair," "Kokomo," "Please Let Me Wonder" (with Bruce & Mike as guest vocalists), and "The Lord's Prayer." For more information and ordering details, see DJ Records, U.S. distributor for the King's Singers. (11/3/97)

    SONGS WITHOUT WORDS
    Brian Wilson
    has contributed an acoustic track to the various artists compilation album Songs Without Words, on Windham Hill. The track, "This Isn't Love," features Brian on piano. (10/14/97)

    MOM II
    The Beach Boys
    have contributed a track to MOM II, a compilation from Surfdog/Interscope Records that benefits the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental group dedicated to cleaning up the oceans and coastlines. Other artists appearing on MOM (Music for Our Mother Ocean) II, now available in stores, include Porno For Pyros, Jewel, Pennywise, Dick Dale, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Jimmy Buffett, and more. Pennywise covers the BBs' classic "I Get Around," while the Beach Boys themselves contribute a live version of "Summer in Paradise" from a London Wembley Stadium show. (9/3/97)

    STARS AND STRIPES
    Stars and Stripes Vol. I includes Willie Nelson's "Warmth of the Sun," Lorrie Morgan's "Don't Worry Baby," James House's "Little Deuce Coupe," Toby Keith's "Be True to Your School," Junior Brown's "409," along with tracks with Sawyer Brown, Timothy B. Schmidt, Kathy Troccoli, Ricky Van Shelton, Collin Raye, and Doug Supernaw. The recording is on the River North Nashville label. 10/03/96

    SUB POP'S PET SOUNDS SINGLE
    The Sub Pop record label has released a three-track vinyl single of the material from The Pet Sounds Sessions -- A 30th Anniversary Collection. It includes versions of "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and "Here Today." More details on the single and ordering information can be obtained by calling 1-(800) SUBPOP1 or by visiting the Sub Pop web page. 8/17/96

    BB BACKING ON COLLIN RAYE CHRISTMAS ALBUM
    The Beach Boys appeared on Collin Raye's Christmas album, backing him on "Winter Wonderland." 12/11/96

    BB APPEAR ON JAN & DEAN COLLECTION
    Jan & Dean's Golden Summer Days by the legendary Masked Surfers is a new collection of surf/hot rod songs. Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston and The Honeys are heard on the CD. It can be obtained by calling 1-(800) 923-1122. 8/17/96

    THE BACKSTERS
    The BB Band Fan Club reports that Mike Kowalski, Beach Boys drummer since 1968, has a new cd out entitled The Backsters Live. It's an amazing blues cd which features Kowalski's long time partner Joel Peskin. Joel is a studio musician who has played on several Beach Boys alums. His most famous Beach Boy contribution is the sax solo on "Kokokmo." Mike is one of the best drummers around and he shows it off in The Backsters Live. To check out The Backsters new cd, visit their website the address is: http://www.westworld.com/~ireedman, or to buy the cd send a $15 check or money order to Front Runner Records, 21115 Devonshire St. Suite #123, Chatsworth, CA 91311. 12/11/96



    In Print

    DAVID MARKS: THE LOST BEACH BOY
    Beach Boys historian Jon Stebbins' long-awaited biography David Marks: The Lost Beach Boy is now out in the UK and will be published in the US in May. The US launch party is scheduled for May 29, at Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA. Confirmed guests include Jon Stebbins, David Marks, Jeff Foskett, Billy Hinsche, Gary Griffin, Scott Bennett, Probym Gregory, and Dennis Diken. The event will also include a reunion of The Moon and surprise guests. More. (updated 5/15/07)

    CARNIE WILSON'S I'M STILL HUNGRY
    Carnie Wilson has published I'm Still Hungry: Finding Myself Through Thick and Thin, the second installment in her autobiography. (updated 1/26/04)


    FRANK HOLMES SMILE ART REPRINT
    Frank Holmes, the artist for the aborted BB Smile album, is offering an authorized reprint of the Smile front cover. The lithograph has been reproduced directly from the artist's master onto gloss cover stock at the original 14"x16" size, complete with crop marks and record company margin comments. Please note this edition is different than the earlier limited edition reprint of this cover. The slicks go for $30 signed and $20 unsigned. U.S. postage is included; outside the U.S. add $8. Send payment to: Frank Holmes, Frank Holmes, 1626 Alabama St., San Francisco, CA 94110. For Visa/MC/Amex payments and more information, please email Frank or call 415-824-4919. (updated 12/21/01)


    DUMB ANGEL DENNIS WILSON BOOK
    Adam Webb's Dumb Angel: The Life & Music of Dennis Wilson, published by Creation Books, is now available in the U.S. The new book includes a forward by Peter Buck of R.E.M. (1/19/01)


    BBs IN GOLDMINE
    The July 28, 2000 issue of Goldmine magazine (Beach Boys cover) has an extensive interview with Alan Jardine. Brian Wilson is featured in the Sept. 8, 2000 issue. (updated 9/12/00)

    CARL WILSON LIMITED EDITION RICKENBACKER GUITAR POSTER
    The Carl Wilson Limited Edition Rickenbacker guitar has sold out. Rickenbacker made a poster to promote the CWLE, featuring a large (2'x3') photo of Carl playing the guitar. This poster is available to the public for $6. There is a $10 minimum order, so you'll have to buy another item or a second copy of the poster. Postage is $6 and the poster is shipped in a sturdy cardboard mailer. Call Rickenbacker at 714-545-5574 and ask for Customer Service. To preview the poster, visit RIC's website. (2/16/00)

    DENNIS WILSON: THE REAL BEACH BOY
    Dennis Wilson: The Real Beach Boy by Jon Stebbins out in bookstores. The paperback volume runs 230 pages, with some 50 color and b&w photos. It retails for $16.95, ISBN 1-55022-404-2. For more information, visit ECW Press' website. (1/26/00)

    STAN LOVE BEACH BOYS POSTERS AND 2000 CALENDAR
    BB calendar Stan Love (Mike's brother) is currently offering full-color Beach Boys posters and Y2K wall calendars for sale via his Beach Boys website. This calendar features Stan's photos of the BBs from the mid-'70s, with individual and group shots. Variations of some of the photos are on the website. (Click to view the back of the calendar.) Price is $19.95 plus shipping and handling ($4.95 in the U.S.A.; $9.00 U.S. in Canada/Mexico). To order, send a money order made to Graphiclynx at 1807 SW Canby St., Portland, OR 97219. Credit card service is available via the website. (12/15/99)

    ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY
    Add Some Music To Your Day: Analyzing and Enjoying the Music of the Beach Boys will be published by Tiny Ripple Books in late December. The book covers the best of the Add Some Music Beach Boys fanzine, which was published between 1978-1984. The tome includes over 40 newly-edited articles, essays, and reviews, plus over 35 photos. Price is $19.95, plus $3 shipping. For more information, visit the Tiny Ripple website or write Tiny Ripple Books at P.O. Box 1533, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.(12/15/99)

    DENNY REMEMBERED, NEW EDITION
    The newly revised 1999 edition of Ed Wincentsen's book, Denny Remembered, Dennis Wilson in Words & Pictures, is about to be reprinted by Wynn Publishing. "Here, at last, is the side of Dennis Wilson that the press was not telling. With loving contributions by friends, fans, business associates, and Denny's children, there emerges a true and honest profile of the man." The 189-page book is available as a trade paperback through some bookstores, including online ones and also through Wynn Publishing, P.O. Box 1491, Pickens, SC 29761, USA. Call (864) 878-6469 for more information. Suggested retail price is $22.95; ISBN no. is 0-9642808-3-3. (8/23/99)

    BACK TO THE BEACH
    There is a new book out of the United Kingdom, Back to the Beach: A Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys Reader, compiled by Kingsley Abbot and published by Helter Skelter Publishing. The forward is by Brian Wilson. (5/27/98)

    HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?
    Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys: How Deep Is the Ocean?,
    Crawdaddy Magazine editor Paul Williams' new book on the Beach Boys is out. Look for it in bookstores. Hardcover signed and limited copies are available from Crawdaddy, Box 231155, Encinitas, CA 92023. Check Crawdaddy's site for book price, ordering information, and an excerpt. (10/14/97)

    MOJO SELECTS "GOOD VIBRATIONS" AS NO. 1 SINGLE
    The Aug. 1997 issue of British music magazine Mojo has selected "Good Vibrations" as the greatest single of all time in a poll of 100 musicians, songwriters, producers, and other music industry personnel. Brian Wilson and Bruce Johnston were both members of the panel. Brian is featured in interviews in both the magazine and on a bonus CD included only in the UK edition.

    ROCK AND ROLL READER'S GUIDE
    The Rock and Roll Reader's Guide by Gary Krebs, is a scrutiny of general-reference works including artist profiles, autobiographies, chart data, concert events, fanzines, pictorials and tour books on a very large number of artists. It totals 445 pages. It may be obtained for $21.95 (paperback) from Billboard Books. Call 908-363-4511 for ordering information. 3/29/97

    1997 GOLDMINE ANNUAL
    The 1997 Goldmine Annual contains the Brian Wilson interview found in the February 2, 1996 Billboard, an extensive examination of Brian's non-Beach Boys productions, and a discussion of Brian's producing skills by Nik Venet and Don Was. Call 1-800-258-0929 for information. 3/29/97

    LYRICS BOOK PROJECT
    Whitney Hamilton informs us that all songs have been tentatively approved for the first in a series of Beach Boys lyric books. This means that a release time is in sight. 10/03/96




    All This Is That

    ARCHIVED HOTLINE 2010
  • Recent press rumors that Brian Wilson will be joining Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston on their tour (for a possible 50th anniversary reunion) have been officially denied by Mike on Capitol Records' BB website and on Brian's website. (updated 6/23/10)

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  • David Marks and Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson's band) headlined Endless Summer Quarterly's “A Celebration of Music,” a fundraiser to support the Cornelius Animal Shelter, on Saturday, November 1, held at Crave the Experience in Cornelius, NC. The event celebrated the official public unveiling of ESQ's Dennis Wilson -- Only With You tribute CD, which commemorates the life and music of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. (More details on the CD at ESQ's website.) (updated 11/25/08)

    REMEMBERING MAHARISHI
    Mike Love and Alan Jardine have both released statements on the passing of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

    Mike Love's Statement:
    While in Paris participating in a UNICEF benefit show, the Beach Boys were introduced to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. That was in December of 1967. Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Alan Jardine and myself along with several family members learned the TM technique from Maharishi himself. Two months later, I made the journey to Rishi Kesh, India, where Donovan and the Beatles also attended a teacher's training course. Alan and I both became teachers of TM a couple years later.
    blankspacerTo say that what I have learned from Maharishi has been of great benefit to me is an understatement to be sure. Maharishi has designed a pathway of development of human potential, which includes transcendental mediation, the TM-Sidhi program, Maharishi Ayurveda, Jyotish, and Yagyas -- all derived directly from the Earth's most ancient text, The Vedas.
    blankspacerNo less a goal than that of world peace was Maharishi's life's work. For those of us who were fortunate enough to have been in his presence, his passing is profoundly sad. But I for one, am among the millions who are grateful for what he shared with us on this, "The Dawn of the Age of Enlightenment" on the way to the goal which Maharishi called "Heaven on Earth." We will miss you, but your great light will shine on.

    Jai Guru Dev, Michael E. Love


    Al Jardine's Statement:

    I am saddened by this great man's passing. He helped to enlighten me and my family to the value of transcendental meditation. He hoped to enlighten the world, but said that it must start with each individual, the family, the community, and then entire nations.
    blankspacer He would chastise me in a kind way if I stayed away too long, "Where have you been?" And of course I could not think of a single good answer, because being in his presence made one feel like a complete idiot for staying away too long.
    blankspacer He left me with a tool to deal with life and its complexities. For that I will always be greatful, and whenever I'm dipping into that "pool of peace inside," I will always think of him.

    Jai Guru Dev, Al Jardine
    (updated 2/6/08)


    ARCHIVED HOTLINE 2007

  • Brian Wilson has been selected as one of the recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors of 2007. More. Brian's bio from the Kennedy Center is here. (9/11/07)

    ARCHIVED HOTLINE 2006

  • He's A Doll: Now you can get your very own Brian Wilson action figure, a 12-inch tall collectors' model, based on Brian circa 1966, dressed in a finely-detailed black pea coat and plaid pants like Brian wears on the cover of Pet Sounds. Designed by Mark London (and an unnamed sculptor), the doll comes in two limited edition packages -- signed by Brian for$150 US and unsigned for $75 US. For more details, go to Brian's website. (12/6/06)

  • Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, a new book by Peter Ames Carlin, will be published in August of this year. (updated 4/26/06)

  • Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned to create illustrations for a limited edition reissue of The Beach Boys' classic album Pet Sounds. Blake previously crafted the cover art for Brian Wilson's solo CD, Gettin' in Over My Head, and is best known for his work on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. (updated 4/26/06)

  • Brian Wilson provides the voice for "The Surfite" in Tales of the Rat Fink, a new film about the wild automotive creations of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. (3/22/06)

  • Brian Wilson Presents Smile: The DVD won top honors at the second annual Music DVD Awards in March, 2006. Brian's DVD was also nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Long Form Music Video," but lost out to the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home. (updated 4/26/06)

  • Rumblings are afoot that Mike Love's upcoming solo album, tentatively titled Mike Love Not War, might see release this year. The album features Mike's son Christian and daughter Hayleigh as guest vocalists. (updated 1/5/06)

    OUR BOYS RALLY TO SUPPORT HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF

  • Donate to Katrina Relief and Get a Personal Call from Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson has made the following challenge, which lasts until Oct. 1st. "... Jerry Boyd [a regular on Brian's message board] has been collecting donations for the Hurricane victims who have been left homeless and in shelters. He told us at this point he has collected around $4,000, and many of you have sent items too. He is grateful, but we want to make a bigger difference. Here's my challenge, for anyone who sends Jerry a donation of $100.00 or more, I will call you personally and answer a question that you may have, or just say hello or whatever. Also, my wife and I will match the donation. I know that this may not work for all of you, but anything that you can afford will help and I will match it. You can contact Jerry Boyd [by email] and he can tell you how to go from there. I hope we call all have some fun with this and raise lots of money."

  • Touring Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will be headlining an all-star concert on September 25 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds go to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Tickets are $40, call 213-480-3232 or 714-740-2000. Also available via Ticketmaster and Greek Theatre box office.

  • David Marks appeared at a multi-artist benefit concert for the American Red Cross at New York City's Laugh Factory on Sept. 13.

  • Brian Wilson and his current band performed "The Path of Life" and "Love and Mercy" during the "ReAct Now: Music & Relief" benefit telethon for hurricane relief on Sept. 10. Blondie Chaplin performed with the Rolling Stones in the same show.

    Brian Wilson released this statement on his website: "Performing at New Orleans' JazzFest earlier this year was amazing for me. I have rarely felt so welcomed in such a wonderful community that has given so much music to so many of us. Now, to see the devastation in New Orleans, Biloxi, and so many other communities in Louisiana and Mississippi, is heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this disaster." (updated 9/25/05)


    ARCHIVED HOTLINE 2005

  • Mike Love recorded a public service announcement for ArborDay.org. Three versions of Mike's PSA are available for listening at the Arbor Day website. (9/15/05)

  • ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD: Brian Wilson and his band took part in July 2's Live 8 worldwide event, performing in Berlin in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The Live 8 event is a followup to 1985's Live Aid and will benefit African aid efforts. Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston returned to the Mall in Washington, DC on July 4 for a concert appearance on PBS/NPR's A Capitol Fourth broadcast. East Coasters celebrated the 4th of July with Al Jardine and the Endless Summer Band at Six Flags Great Adventure, in Jackson, NJ. (updated 7/19/05)

  • Good Vibrations, a musical using more than 30 Beach Boys songs, opened on Broadway in January and is now closed. (updated 6/2/05)

  • NEW BW DVD: As we reported previously, Brian's live Smile has been released on DVD. Brian Wilson Presents Smile: The DVD, is on Rhino Home Video. The four-hour package includes a performance of Smile filmed in Los Angeles in 2004 and nearly two hours of bonus footage, including the Beautiful Dreamer documentary that ran on Showtime and BBC TV last year. Order directly from producer-director David Leaf and receive a special bonus BWPS-related collectible CD, autographed by Leaf. (updated 6/2/05)

  • Al Jardine will be signing copies of his new book, Sloop John B: A Pirate's Tale, on Sunday, June 5 at Books of Wonder (18 West 18th St.) in New York City. Alan will perform at 1 p.m., then greet fans and friends, and sign books until 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free to the public and all are welcome. For more information, please phone the store at 212-989-3270 or visit their website. (6/2/05)

  • Tsunami victim Markus Sandlund, cellist for the Stockholm Strings and Horns and a member of Brian Wilson's touring Smile band, has been located. His girlfriend Sofia Pettersson, who survived the tsunami's fury in Thailand, writes: "I just need to tell all of you that Markus Sandlund is finally found and will be buried the 16th of June in his hometown Norrfjärden in Sweden. God takes good care of him now..." (Updated 6/1/05)

  • Former Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award on April 17, 2005 in Santa Monica, CA. Blondie will appear at "Jorl-A-Palooza 2005," an event celebrating the cultural heritage of South Africa. Part of the proceeds of the event will benefit NextAid, "dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for African children orphaned as a result of AIDS." More information. (4/9/05)

  • CONGRATULATIONS to Brian Wilson on winning this year's Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow"! (2/14/05)

  • Brian Wilson is speaking at the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference on Friday, March 18 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. Van Dyke Parks and David Leaf will join Brian in a panel discussion of Brian Wilson Presents Smile. (1/21/05)

  • Brian Wilson guest stars in "Surf the Stars," a new episode of the Cartoon Network's series Duck Dodgers. Brian plays himself as a spiritual adviser to Dodgers (aka Daffy Duck) and was so enthused by the project that he wrote and produced a new song, "Believe in Yourself," for the episode. (updated 1/21/05)

  • Brian Wilson, Jeffrey Foskett , and Randell Kirsch have joined with fellow performers to contribute vocals to "Grief Never Grows Old," an Asian tsunami relief charity single to be released on One World Records on Monday, January 24. Joining Brian on the single are , Gary Moore, Boy George, Steve Winwood, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Sir Cliff Richard, Bill Wyman, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, America, Kenny Jones, Chicago, Russell Watson, Davy Spillane, and others. Sales from the single will go the Disasters Emergency Committee Charity. You may be able to view the video for the song at producer Steve Levine's website. (1/18/05)

  • The Carl Wilson Foundation has announced that the "Carl Wilson Room" at the new Helford Clinical Research Hospital at the City of Hope will open in 2005. Carnie Wilson has been recently spotted on TV's Celebrity Blackjack, playing on behalf of the CWF, her charity beneficiary of choice. (updated 1/3/05)

    BRIAN NAMED MUSICARES 2005 PERSON OF THE YEAR
    Brian Wilson has been named as "MusiCares 2005 Person of the Year" for his accomplishments as a musician and humanitarian. He received the honor at a special tribute dinner, concert and silent auction on Friday, February 11, 2005, at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA. The tribute dinner is part of the Grammy Week events. (12/1/04)

    NAMM 2005
    Brian Wilson made a rare appearance at the NAMM music trade show in Anaheim, CA, over the weekend of Jan. 22, 2005. Brian joined Gibson guitars' CEO Henry Juszkiewcz to announce a forthcoming Brian Wilson Gibson Valley Arts Signature Model bass guitar. (Buy one to keep your Carl Wilson Rickenbacker company!) Photos of Brian and his signature model bass can be found here and here. (1/24/05)

    BECOME A VIDEO HERO
    Enter Brian's "Become a Video Hero" contest! This is your chance to create a video for "Heroes & Villains" from Brian Wilson Presents Smile, to be included in the upcoming BWPS live DVD. The winner and a friend also will be flown to Los Angeles to meet Brian and catch a live performance of Smile. For more details, go to the contest website. (12/5/04)

    BEACH BOYS ON LIVE AID DVD

  • The Beach Boys appear among the featured performers on the DVD video release of 1985's Live Aid concert. Proceeds from the video sale benefit the Band Aid Charitable Trust and the fight against hunger in Africa. For more details, visit the Live Aid website. (11/25/04)

    BRUCE IS BACK
    Beach Boy Bruce Johnston has rejoined the tour with Mike Love in time for the November U.K. shows. Bruce underwent cardiac bypass surgery on September 10. Fans wishing to send him a message should visit the Beach Boys Britain message board, where Bruce visits regularly. (Updated 11/2/04)

    POP & SIZZLE!

  • The Pop & Sizzle! California music showcase was held on Sunday, August 15, at the famous Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. The lineup featured many people associated with the Beach Boys, including David Marks, Carl B. Wilson and Justyn Wilson (of In Bloom), musical director Bobby Figueroa, Scott Bennett, Taylor Mills, Matt Beckley, Alan Boyd, and poet/lyricist Stephen Kalinich. Photos of the even can be found at the BettyJo Productions website. (updated 8/26/04)

    BW 2004 BMI ICON
    Brian Wilson was honored with the 2004 BMI Icon Award at the 52nd annual BMI Pop Awards dinner on May 11 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Brian performed "Sloop John B" and "Help Me Rhonda," while Wilson Phillips saluted him with their rendition of "In My Room." (update 5/18/04)

    WILSONS ON PARADE
    Brian Wilson and family appeared in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2004, with Brian, Melinda, Daria and Delanie riding in a woody made of flowers for the city of Ontario, CA. (updated 1/26/04)

    THAT'S DR. WILSON TO YOU...
    Brian Wilson has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, on June 14. (updated 6/15/03)

    THE JOHNSTONS INVADE MUSIC CITY
    Bruce Johnston is about to become a part-time resident of Brentwood, TN, near Nashville. (6/8/03)

    BRIAN PLAYS OPEN HEARTS, CLEAR MINES BENEFIT
    Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney headlined the second annual Open Hearts, Clear Mines Benefit concert on September 18 in Los Angeles, CA. The fundraiser supports the effort to clean up land mines worldwide. (7/28/02)

    OLYMPIC "BOY"
    Mike Love took part in the Olympic Torch Run for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games, carrying the Torch in Concord, CA on Saturday, January 19. (updated 1/26/02)

    IN MEMORIAM: GEORGE HARRISON
    Individual Beach Boys have posted statements on the unfortunate passing of Beatle George Harrison on November 29, 2001:

    • Brian Wilson wrote: "I am horribly saddened by the death of George Harrison. While we were not personal friends, I think that just like everybody in the world, I have always considered all the Beatles to be my friends. Their arrival in America in 1964 was electrifying, one of the most exciting things that ever happened in my life, and their music has always and will always mean so much to me. The world is terribly diminished by the loss of George, and today, I say a prayer for George, and wish him and his family love and mercy." (11/30/01)

    • Bruce Johnston made the following comment on the BBBritain message board: "I could not believe that we lost him. I knew that he was not doing well..... and he's gone..... it's so sad." (11/30/01)


    BEACH BOYS COMMENT ON SEPT. 11 TRAGEDIES

    • Beach Boy Bruce Johnston posted the following quote regarding the unfortunate events of Sept. 11, 2001 on the BBBritain message board. Titled "Sad Days Here in the USA," Bruce says: "What can I say? We all feel this pain... 'The Warmth of the Sun' kind of helps me through it... Mike and I canceled several concerts. [...] What a sad time for this planet." (9/13/01)

    • Brian and Melinda Wilson have issued the following statement on Brian's message board, under the subject heading "Love and Mercy": "We would like to express our deepest regrets and our most sincere sympathy to this great nation that we all hold so near and dear. The events of this week have been the most heart breaking experience we as a nation have witnessed here in our own homeland. There are no words to express the sadness and disbelief we are feeling. Our prayers go out to ALL the families who have lost friends and loved ones, and to the entire world, let this be a wake up call for all of us to have Love and Mercy in our hearts tonight and Forever. Much love, Brian and Melinda Wilson." (updated 9/16/01)


    IN MEMORIAM, 2001

  • Sad news: Previous long-time Beach Boys tour manager Matt Sheppard passed away from cancer on Sept. 27. During the same week, we lost comic Glenn "Mister Bullhorn" Super (who opened for many Beach Boys shows over the years), also from cancer. We also regretfully report the passing of Karen Lamm, former wife of Dennis Wilson, on July 10, of congestive heart failure. BBFC's condolences go out to their families and friends. (updated 10/5/01)

    PHIL BARDOWELL LEAVES BB BAND FOR HIS OWN CAREER
    Philip Bardowell has left the touring Beach Boys Band to focus on his own music with his new band Believer. Please visit the BB Band site to learn about other touring band personnel changes. (8/7/01)

    BRIAN WILSON YAHOO! CHAT TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE
    Brian Wilson did a chat session on Yahoo! on July 11, 2000. A transcript has been posted. Alan Jardine and Brian Wilson also did a chat session on June 5, 2001 to celebrate the release of Hawthorne, CA. Hopefully the sessions will be archived soon at Yahoo! Chat.

  • (updated 6/5/01)

    BEACH BOYS RECIEVE GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    Long Overdue Good News: The Beach Boys received the 2001 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Marley and the Who, at a special ceremony on February 20, 2001. Our congratulations go to Brian, Mike, Al, and Bruce (and Carl and Dennis) -- you guys deserve this! (updated 3/18/01)

    BRIAN WILSON INDUCTED INTO SONGWRITER'S HALL OF FAME
    Brian Wilson was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame on June 15 by Sir Paul McCartney. Hanson performed "God Only Knows" to honor Brian at the awards dinner ceremony in New York City. (updated 6/19/00)

    BEACH BOYS COLLECTIBLE MODEL CARS
    Racing Champions has released a series of limited edition diecast toy cars in their "Hot Rockin' Steel" line, honoring The Beach Boys and other rock acts. The BB cars commemorate specific albums, including a 1932 Ford "Little Deuce Coupe," a 1966 "Pet Sounds" Pontiac GTO, a 1963 "Shut Down" Corvette, "Surfin' Safari" panel wagon, "Surfin' Safari" Ford pickup (a Target exclusive), a 1969 "Summer Days" Pontiac Judge, and a 1956 "Surfer Girl" Chevy Nomad, all at 3:25 scale. The
    Racing Champions website also lists a 1940 "Surfin' Safari" Ford Woodie and a 1957 "Surfer Girl" Chevy Sedan Delivery, both at 1:24 scale. Each car is packaged with a miniature album cover and painted in colors to match the albums. These cars have been spotted in Target, Toys'R'Us, K-Mart, WalMart and similar stores. (4/7/99)

    BBs NAMED TO VOCAL GROUP HALL OF FAME
    The Beach Boys
    have been named as part of the first class of inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, to join with fellow charter members The Ames Brothers; The Andrews Sisters; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; The Drifters (with Clyde McPhatter/Billy Pinckney); The Manhattan Transfer; The Platters; and The Supremes. The finalists were chosen from a list of 12 vocal groups nominated from each decade ('40s,'50s, '60s, '70s), through voting by an induction committee and readers of Goldmine magazine. The groups will be inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (located in Sharon, PA) on Oct. 30, 1998 in a closed ceremony. (9/24/98)

    WILSON BROTHERS NAMED TO ALL-TIME GREATEST SINGERS LISTS
    Both Brian and Carl Wilson were named to UK publication MOJO's list of the greatest singers of all time. Brian charted in at number 47 and Carl at number 55. MOJO's top three choices were (in order) Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, and Ray Charles.(9/24/98)

    BRUCE JOHNSTON ON NPR'S ROCK & ROLL AMERICA
    Bruce Johnston
    was a guest on the April 11 episode of NPR's Rock & Roll America series. The program, titled "Rock of Ages: Religion and Rock & Roll" focused on the role of religion in rock music. The June 6 show is called "Sum Sum Summertime" and will focus on "sun, sand, cars, vacations and rock & roll," according to the program's website. (4/18/98)

    MIKE LOVE'S CLUB KOKOMO
    Mike Love's Club Kokomo
    , a 'California meets Caribbean' theme restaurant, will open its first location in Orange, CA next door to the Arrowhead Pond, home of hockey's Anaheim Mighty Ducks. A concert facility will be included in a nightclub setting, with entertainment to be provided by the Kokomo Club House Band and nationally known acts. There will be a restaurant and bar, as well as a children's area and a retail area. (9/3/97)



    Events

    TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF DENNIS AND CARL WILSON

    In the late '60s, Brian Wilson's younger brothers came to the fore with a string of distinctive, intiguing songs that were featured on a series of Beach Boys and later solo albums in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Not appreciated in their time, this emotional and idiosyncratic music has been extremely influential on post-modern pop.

    Adam Marsland's Chaos Band (featuring Evie Sands) are taking their "Songs of Dennis and Carl Wilson Tour 2006" on the road! Alan Boyd will be joining them on keyboards and background vocals. The set list includes a hour of songs written by Dennis and Carl Wilson, plus original music from the band. The tour is currently going to the Midwest. For more information, sample clips, and dates, go to the tours' MySpace site and the Chaos Band's website.

    Update: A live CD has been recorded from the L.A. shows and will be released later this year. (4/2/06)


    CARL WILSON FOUNDATION SCRAMBLE AGAINST CANCER GOLF TOURNAMENT

    The Carl Wilson Foundation hosted the first CWF Scramble Against Cancer Golf Tournament on August 8, 2005, at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort in Augusta, MI. Please visit the Scramble website to see a photo essay of the day's events. (updated 10/3/05)


    "BUSY DOIN' SOMETHIN' ELSE" FAN CONVENTION 2005

    Another fine BB fan convention from the same folks who brought us "Busy Doin' Somethin'," was held in Connecticut on July 16, 2005, at the Hilton Southbury hotel in Southbury, CT. Special guests included Danish fan filmmaker Rasmus Skotte, writers Peter Reum and Jon Stebbins, and original Beach Boy David Marks. Beach Boys engineer extraordinare Stephen W. Desper and surprise guest Beach Boy Al Jardine called in for a teleconference. Please see the "Busy Doin' Something Else" websitefor more information. (updated 10/3/05)


    TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF DENNIS AND CARL WILSON

    In the late '60s, Brian Wilson's younger brothers came to the fore with a string of distinctive, intiguing songs that were featured on a series of Beach Boys and later solo albums in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Not appreciated in their time, this emotional and idiosyncratic music has been extremely influential on post-modern pop.

    Adam Marsland's Chaos Band will perform a tribute to the music of Dennis and Carl Wilson on Saturday, February 5, 2005, 9:00 p.m., at Brennan's Pub, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, California. Alan Boyd will be joining them on keyboards and background vocals. The set list includes songs from throughout the Beach Boys' long career plus a good sampling from Dennis' Pacific Ocean Blue. Marsland says they are not just doing obvious songs, but reaching deep into the Beach Boys catalog for songs that have never been performed live and in one case, never released in any form. (1/3/05)


    DENNIS WILSON BASH 2003

    The first official Dennis Wilson Bash, celebrating the life and music of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, was held on Saturday December 6, 2003 at Chez Jay's in Santa Monica, California. Guests included all four of Dennis' sons, David Marks, The Honeys, Billy Hinsche, and many more! For pix and details of the day's activities, hasten to www.denniswilsonbash.com. (updated 12/15/03)


    BUSY DOIN' SOMETHIN' FAN CONVENTION 2003
    Busy Doin' Somethin', the East Coast Beach Boys Fan Convention, will be held on Saturday, August 9, at the Hilton Southbury hotel in Southbury, CT. Cost is $45 per person until July 12 and $50 thereafter. For convention details, the registration form, and mailing address, please visit the convention website or email Susan Lang for more information. Guests will include Alan Boyd, Stephen Desper, and Ed Roach; and Al Jardine will be doing a phone-in Q&A session. (6/9/03)

    CWF EVENTS 2002 -- MOST SUCCESSFUL TO DATE
    The 5th Annual Carl Wilson Walk Against Cancer, Beach Party, auction, and CWF Benefit Concert events, held over the weekend of October 5-6, 2002, were a huge success, drawing their largest attendance ever. Brian Wilson headlined the concert, along with special guests Eric Clapton, Sugar Ray, Matthew Sweet, The Wilsons, In Bloom, Billy Hinsche, and Van Dyke Parks. More. (10/30/02)

    2nd ANNUAL EAST COAST BEACH BOYS/SURF ROCK CONVENTION
    Sponsored by A California Saga, the second annual east coast Beach Boys/Surf Rock Convention was held on Sept. 7, 1997 at the Quality Inn in Somerset, NJ. Jeff Foskett and Don Zirilli (of Papa Doo Run Run), Brad Elliott, and the No-Bull Surfers were featured guests. 9/7/97




    All in the Family

    "FAREWELL MY FRIEND": JAN BERRY, TERRY MELCHER
    We are very saddened to learn of the passing of longtime Beach Boys' friend and musical cohort Jan Berry, of Jan & Dean fame, on March 26, 2004, one week shy of his 63rd birthday. BBFC sends our condolences to Jan's family and to his musical partner Dean Torrence. A special Guest Book (book of condolences) has been set up for Jan's fans and friends to leave messages. (3/27/04)

    BBFC is also saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Melcher, on Nov. 19, 2004, at the age of 62, following a lengthy battle with melanoma. Terry was producer for several of the Beach Boys' later recordings, a cowriter on "Kokomo," and long-time musical partner of BB Bruce Johnston. Our condolences got out to Terry's family and friends, and especially to Bruce. (11/21/04)

    WENDY WEDS!
    Congratulations to Wendy Wilson-Knutson and her new husband Dan, married on May 24, 2002! (updated 6/3/02)

    CARNIE WEDS!
    Congratulations to Carnie Wilson on her marriage to Rob Bonfiglio on June 23, 2000! Click here and here for wedding pix. (updated 12/13/00)

    CONGRATULATIONS!!
    Congratulations go to Beach Boys Family & Friends' Owen Elliot and husband Jack Kugell, on the birth of their daughter Zoe Ellen, born June 11, 1999. (6/18/99)

    DELANIE RAE WILSON
    Our congratulations go to Brian and Melinda Wilson, who have adopted a second daughter, Delanie Rae.(4/2/98)

    IN BLOOM/BILLY HINSCHE
    Justyn, Carl B., Mario
    and Billy participated in The American Cancer Society's 10th Annual "Golf Classic," held April 12, 1999. Justyn Wilson came inches away from winning the 10th hole "Closest to the Hole" prize. (All members of In Bloom are avid golfers. Uncle Billy is not quite as adept as his "nephews." When asked what his handicap was, Billy responded, "Myself.") A silent auction was held prior to dinner. Among the items available for bidding was a Carl Wilson Long Promised Road CD donated by Capitol Records. Bidding started at $75 and, after a fierce bidding war, the winner "paid" $210 for this rare CD. A classic Beach Boys tee shirt, donated by Alan and Maryann Jardine and signed by all the members of BBFF, was also available. Starting bid was $50 and was "sold" for $80.(1/17/99)

    BILLY HINSCHE

  • Billy Hinsche is joining Brian Wilson on Brian's European tour dates this summer. Alan Jardine was originally slated to be part of this tour as well, but has withdrawn to finish work on his upcoming solo album A Postcard from California. Brian has recorded some vocals for Al's solo album and is expected to add some more when he returns from Europe. Details here. (updated 6/13/07)

  • Ricci, Desi & Billy will be playing on May 4-5 at the Historic Boulder Theatre, 1225 Arizona Street, Boulder City, NV (7:30 p.m.). (3/17/01)

  • Billy is writing a book -- an autobiographical account focusing on highlights of his career with Dino, Desi & Billy and the Beach Boys to be called I Got Around. He is actively looking for a major literary publisher. (12/27/00)

  • Billy has been writing articles and song analyses for Endless Summer Quarterly. Recent contributions include analyses of "Caroline, No" and "Angel, Come Home." "Wild Honey" is slated for a future issue of ESQ. Watch the Writings section of Billy's websitefor upcoming samples of Billy's ESQ articles (currently under construction). (updated 12/27/00)

  • Billy is working on a solo CD tentatively titled Mixed Messages, which will include unreleased recordings and demos spanning from the '70s through the '90s. (7/20/00)

  • Billy was a featured guest at The Stomp's UK BB fan convention in London, England on Saturday, September 16. (updated 9/20/00)

  • Billy appeared with Robert Lamm, Gerry Beckley, Jonah and Justyn Wilson at the Barnes & Noble Book Store in Long Beach, CA (765l Carson Street) on Sunday, October 1, for a Like A Brother CD signing/ meet and greet session. (updated 10/15/00)

  • Billy organized the talent for the Carl Wilson Walk/Concert at Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, CA for Sunday, October 8. Acts appearing included Brian Wilson, Christopher Cross, Rober Lamm, Blondie Chaplin and Ricci Fataar, The Honeys, The Wilsons, Ricci Martin, Michael Angeloff, and Jeffrey Foskett. (updated 12/20/00)

  • Billy will be interviewed on Luxuriamusic.com on the Eric Bonerz show on Friday, July 21, 6-9 p.m. ET (3-6 p.m. PT). This Internet broadcast will include video and chat room appearance, with never-before-heard songs. Topics will include DD&B, RD&B, Alan Jardine's FFBB, The Carl Wilson Foundation, etc. Jonah and Justyn Wilson will be interviewed on same show on Saturday, August 5, from 5-7 p.m. ET (2-4 p.m. PT). (updated 7/20/00)

  • Billy will be playing keyboards with Michael Campion's band Surf City on July 14 at the Riviera Country Club in Beverly Hills. Look for Ricci, Desi and Billy to appear with Dean Torrance's Surf City All-Star Band (note: this is a different band than the first one!) at the Vegas Hilton July 15. (6/30/00)

  • Billy has been working with Van Dyke Parks, helping to assemble and organize an overture of Brian Wilson compositions for Brian's Pet Sounds symphonic tour. Billy says he is "very grateful and honored" for the opportunity. (6/1/00)

    Billy will be joining Ambrosia in a all star show, which also features Gary Wright ("Dreamweaver") and Colin Hay of Men At Work, to be held at Humphrey's in San Diego, CA on Friday, August 13 at 7 p.m. Alan Parsons may also appear. (6/23/99)

    The Whisky-A-Go-Go's 35th Anniversary Celebration & Webcast
    I'm producing the 35th anniversary 8-day event for The Whisky A Go Go on The Sunset Strip. It starts on Saturday, January 16th and runs through Saturday, January 23rd. I'd like to invite you to visit our site at: Whiskyagogo.com and our brand new site at Whisky35.com which will be "up" on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Beach Boys Family & Friends have been invited to attend the opening night private party for owner Mario Maglieri's 75th birthday. Brian and Melinda Wilson have also been invited. Performers that night are: Johnny Rivers, Nancy Sinatra, Grassroots and The Robbie Krieger Band. Friday, January 22nd will be Terry Reid, Jan & Dean and Roger McGuinn (with Jeffrey Foskett on guitar/vocals). Saturday, January 23rd will include In Bloom and Chuck Negron. All nights will be broadcast on the Internet, taped and recorded for future release. Hope you can be there one or all of the nights. It should be incredible! See ya, Billy Hinsche.

    Tickets are $35.00 per night -- on sale January 5, 1999 at Ticketmaster. Proceeds from the event will go to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Southern California chapter). (1/3/99)



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