Old Rockers

The Beach Boys – 50 Years Ago
On Labor Day in 1961, a young singing group called The Pendletones got together for a little jam session at the Wilson family home in Hawthorne, California.

Brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine wanted to practice a few more times before recording a demo tape of a song called “Their Hearts Were Full of Spring.”

With the help of dad, Murry Wilson, the boys submitted their tape to a couple of friends in the music business. The two friends, Hite and Dorinda Morgan, didn’t like the song but knew the kids had a good sound. Not to be discouraged, Dennis Wislon told the Morgans that his brother Brian had written a song called Surfin’, and after hearing it, the Morgans knew they had a hit on their hands.

At first, only a small number of singles of Surfin’ were pressed on a local label, and when the boys unpacked the first box of singles they were shocked to see their band name had been changed to the “Beach Boys”.

The rest, as they say, is history.

From 1964, I Get Around: