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50 years of fun, The Beach Boys still going strong

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Twenty-nine studio albums – the harmonies are still there.

Fifty years on the road – and it’s still fun.

While they’re not exactly boys anymore, The Beach Boys represent a big part of music history. And the

“We worked on the album for a while and got our harmonies back together,” Brian Wilson says during a recent phone interview with the Journal. “It’s been an amazing time for us because the tour is sold out. It shows that people are still really into our music.”

The band’s latest album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, which is the group’s highest-charting album in 37 years. It also became the band’s first Top-10 studio album since 1976’s “15 Big Ones.”

The album also helped extend the group’s span of Billboard 200 Top-10 albums to 49 years and one week. The Beach Boys passed The Beatles and now remain behind Frank Sinatra, who holds the record with 52 years of Top 10 albums.

“It’s been a great run for us and we’re so fortunate for fans finding us still,” Wilson says. “There’s a new generation that are captured by our music and it’s amazing to see the different generations of fans in the audience.”

The new album also marks new music from the band. Wilson says the band concentrated specifically on getting the music, especially the harmonies, right.

“I think it’s our harmonies that people have connected with,” he explains. “They are an important part of our band and it was necessary to work on them until everything came out right.”

The Beach Boys have seen their ups and downs over the course of their 50 years as a band.

It was initially comprised brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. They were managed early on by the Wilsons’ father, Murry.

The band’s current lineup is Wilson, Love, Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnston.

Brian Wilson was the band’s leader, composer, arranger and producer and was responsible for writing most of the band’s early singles and albums.

The band signed with Capitol Records in mid-1962 and Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top-40 hits including “Surfin’ Safari,” “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Be True to Your School,” “In My Room,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Dance Dance Dance,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls.”

Although Wilson says he’s written many songs, there is one that sticks out.

” ‘California Girls’ has a special place in my heart,” he explains. “There’s something about the rhythm that just makes it a great song. There aren’t many songs that sound like it out there and then you add the harmonies and it becomes classic.”

After the sold-out run of this tour, Wilson says Love will head to South America to lead The Beach Boys tour there.

“As for the rest of us, we’re going to enjoy this and maybe work on another record,” he says. “We’ve wanted to do a rock and roll album for a long time and hopefully we’ll get the chance to do one. I think it’s something that fans wouldn’t expect and I’m not sure what it would be like. It’s another challenge for us to take on.”

The Beach Boys
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, July 6
WHERE: Sandia Casino Amphitheater, 30 Rainbow Road NE
HOW MUCH: SOLD OUT

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