‘Surf City’ topped Billboard Hot 100 in July 1963
Album by piano greats is due in October
Joint writing, recording projects have been discussed
Anny Celsi and Laurie Biagini are the latest on the power pop playlist
On the bookshelf: "The Sophomores, and Me," "Disco-File," "The R&B Indies" and more. In the CD Tray: Little Willie John, The Coasters, Brian Wilson and more. Plus, Todd Baptista’s book and CD wish lists for 2009.
In the late ‘70s, Beach Boys fans were enticed by the much ballyhooed “Brian’s back” campaign, a slogan meant to herald the return of the group’s formerly befuddled leader, co-founder and composer.
Long overlooked, the Beach Boys’ 1968 album Friends embodies the group’s California summer aesthetic.
Dennis Wilson’s personal travelogue, “Pacific Ocean Blue,” is re-released.