Thursday, July 23, 2015 – Throw Back Thursday – The Beach Boys and Magnolia High School 1965-1967
Don’t tell me that even today your knees don’t go weak and your heart doesn’t skip a beat when you hear the opening chords of God Only Knows by The Beach Boys. In 1966 the top three groups according to record sales in England in order were:
- The Beach Boys
- The Beatles
- The Rolling Stones
If you attended Magnolia High school from about 1965 to 1967 (if you can remember back that far), did you ever wonder why there were so many Beach Boys songs played during lunch? Here is why:
- They were my records, albums or LP’s. Today they are called vinyl. They are big, black, flat, round, platter looking- just Google “record albums.”
- Sonny Calvert (May he rest in peace) and I were in charge of playing records at lunch. The Beach Boys were our favorite group.
- My mother would not buy me the album by those “long-haired foreigners.” That would be these on the wall of my study, Mother.
Like many of the groups from my era, The Beach Boys are celebrating 50 years. Dennis and Carl Wilson (RIP) are channeled into their replacements. You can hear the genius of Brian Wilson through the remastered versions of their songs. But most of all it was then and is today – the harmonies. As the remaining members of the original The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine) say – “You can hear the love coming through the harmony.”
Tour dates in Texas are Oct. 7 at UT Tyler in the Cowan Center and October 8 at the Majestic in San Antonio. Who’s up for a road trip?
Be True to Your School! Rah, rah, rah, Sis Boom Bah!
Good Vibrations, huh? Just let me hear some of that Rock and Roll Music so we can Dance, Dance, Dance, All Summer Long. Wouldn’t It Be Nice? Let’s get together and Do it Again and go on a Surfin Safari. We’ll have Fun, Fun, Fun. Don’t Worry, Baby.