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Beach Boys Exhibit Photos - Huntington Beach Pictures

 

 

Surfing Museum - pictured are Museum Founder Natalie Kotsch and daughters; Dean Torrence, Dick Dale and concert organizer, Linda Miller (far right).

 

If Pet Sounds, 32 Little Deuce Coupe, Wild Honey, Good Vibrations, All Summer Long and Surfer Girl are titles you recognize in relationship to one of America's great California bands, The Beach Boys, then you will enjoy seeing the original record album covers on display at the International Surfing Museum exhibit in Huntington Beach titled, Surf Sounds. The Beach Boys tribute is billed as Part 1. The perfect way to take them in is on a Surfing Sunday concert. The summer concerts feature surfing themed music and are organized by Linda Miller with 22 Sunday concert dates through October 2007. The concerts are free and feature the best surfing bands in existence.

 

Local resident, Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean), helped launch the concert season and new exhibit by singing his number one hit that Brian Wilson wrote for him and partner Jan Berry (deceased), Surf City. Also in the audience to celebrate a gathering of music lovers of the surf genre was Dick Dale who tours with his son around the globe, playing a unique guitar style that's rapid, features ample twang and carries tunes recognized as surfing music.

These well known musicians who became famous as kids in the 60's and 70's helped shape an era of music and catapult record sales, along with sales of skateboards, surfboards and even a lifestyle that grew into its own and can now be seen as a retro-California beach look.

 

About the Beach Boys:  The Beach Boys originally began as brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson and their cousin Mike Love. Known for their smooth voices and incredible harmonic blends, they began their career in Hawthorne as the Pendletones, named after the classic Pendleton wool shirt popular with surfers of that era, and still sold today as a quality shirt.

 

With over 20 top hits (4 reach #1 on the charts), the Beach Boys initially began their career singing songs about surfing. Their music grew along with these blonde California boys and they maintained their career success by growing and progressing in their music style.  Many of their songs reflected a carefree youthful exuberance and others took on subjects of love, lost love, a love of cars, girls and other subjects especially popular with teens.

The surf museum in Huntington Beach recently featured Surf Fins exhibit and has focused on everything from Gidget to skateboards. In addition to its own archive of items, the Beach Boys album covers and other rotating exhibit displays are often loaned from private collections. While the display is simple and fun, it is surrounded by paintings, videos and surfboards and surf displays. With only a small fee charged for museum admission, you'll find the museum space chock full of interesting exhibits. Part 2 of the Surf Sounds display at "some later date" will feature the memorabilia of Jan & Dean, the perfect compliment and follow up to The Beach Boys.

 

Location: 411 Olive, Huntington Beach, CA Call for museum hours: 714-960-3483. 

 

 

 

 


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