You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.
Happily for us all, The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut 40 years ago. And now in
2006, their latest Capitol Records release, Sounds of Summer (RIAA certified double platinum with over two million in sales and climbing), marks a resurgence in Beach Boys interest that has again rocked the world.
Flo & Eddie (Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman)’s 1960s hits with The Turtles included the #1 hit “Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore” and “It Ain’t Me, Babe.”
Micky Dolenz sang lead on the Monkees’ #1 singles “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer.” The group sold more than 65 million records worldwide.
Mark Lindsay is the former lead singer and co-founder of Paul Revere & the Raiders, and was the voice on 17 Top 40 hits, including “Kicks,” “Hungry” and “Arizona.”