It seems they’ve been with us our entire lives – giving us an ‘endless summer’ of classic surf songs, hot-rod hits, and ‘good vibrations’. The Beach Boys’ first record was released 60 years ago next week. ‘Surfin‘ was a modest west-coast hit – just enough to make the national charts, and get the youngsters signed to a major record label. The rest is history – as they say – and what a fascinating history it is. They went from the simplest basic pop songs to inspiring the Beatles during their mid-60s rivalry, and later settled into America’s most famous ‘oldies’ act. I’ll take you through the decades with a dozen of their best songs.
Plus: a celebration of the grand re-opening of Massey Hall with four of the most famous live performances recorded in the hallowed hall; one each from the 1960s, 70s, 90s, and 2000s. And in the first hour’s ‘‘This Week in Zoomer Music‘, I’ll recall RCA signing Elvis, The Band’s ‘Last Waltz’, Freddie Mercury’s ‘last video’, and ‘The Story Behind the Song‘ ‘Shaft‘ – the first time an African-American won an Oscar for Best Song from a Film. Some say ‘The Theme from Shaft‘ set into motion the disco era. Please join me for another fascinating Sunday afternoon – this Sunday (Nov.21). Cheers.