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Groovy Things You Didn't Know About the Beach Boys

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Throughout the constantly reevaluated and often hyperbolically discussed history of modern music, there have only been a few musical groups that have captured the imaginations of an entire generation, and built a mythology around their sound. The Beach Boys are one of those groups. But when you’re trying to get into an artist with a discography that’s as dense and varied as that of the psychedelic surfers from Hawthorne, California, you need an inroad. This collection of facts about the Beach Boys is here to help you cut through the myths and fictionalizations to find the true essences of their Southern California sound.

If you’re one of the few people who are asking who were the Beach Boys then you’re in luck because this list is here to help you go down the rabbit hole of one of America’s all-time greatest bands. The Beach Boys facts collected here are a mix of interesting recording information, and little things about the group that you can use at parties to impress your friends. But before you do that, vote up the most interesting facts about this legendary group that you didn’t already know and then go have some fun fun fun before your daddy takes the t-bird away.
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    They Weren't Always Called the Beach Boys

    They Weren't Always Called the Beach Boys
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    Originally naming themselves The Pendletones after their favorite style of shirts and well, tones, the band wasn't called the Beach Boys until the release of their first single. Notably, the band didn't even choose the name. Future head of 20th Century Fox, Russ Reagan, thought up the moniker and the rest was history.
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    Glenn Campbell: Country Star, Beach Boy

    Glenn Campbell: Country Star, Beach Boy
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    Throughout the 50+ years of Beach Boys history, a lot of members have come and gone through the group. But for a couple of years in the mid-'60s, Glen Campbell (singer of "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman") played guitar, bass, and sang falsetto backup vocals with the group.
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    Brian Wilson Loved Odd Percussion

    Most people know that "Good Vibrations" utilized an electric theremin, but one of Brian Wilson's favorite things was strange percussion. On the "Pet Sounds Instrumental" he used Coca Cola cans for their percussive nature, and on "God Only Knows" a series of plastic orange juice bottles were used to record a vibraphone like sound

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    They Brought The Captain and Tennille Together

    They Brought The Captain and Tennille Together
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    In the early '70s "Captain" Daryl Dragon was playing keyboard with the Beach Boys; he met Tennille between tours. When the boys were gearing up to go back out on the road they decided to add a second keyboardist and Dragon was able to add Tennille to the lineup (making her the only Beach Girl). After that tour ended, the two decided that they worked well together and broke off to release such hits as "Do That to Me One More Time" and "Happy Together."
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