Thursday, 15 September 2011

It was 50 years ago today ...

... when a group from Hawthorne in California called The Pendletones attended their first real recording session at Hite Morgan's studio in Los Angeles. They took their name from the classic Pendleton wool plaid shirt, which then became popular among American youth.  The band recorded Surfin’, a song that would help shape their career as The Beach Boys.  Later with albums like Pet Sounds, they went way beyond the surfing sound that they, and groups like Jan and Dean, popularised.  As it happens, Brian Wilson is currently on tour in Britain.

The Beach Boys sound is present and correct here, although a bit rudimentary compared to their later classic pop singles.

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