Sunday, February 06, 2011

50th Anniversary ~ 50 Beach Boys' Heroes & Villains

50th Anniversary ~ 50 Beach Boys' Heroes & Villains
... the people who shared their lives and shaped their careers



Help Pray For Surf construct a list of 50 heroes and villains

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Fred Vail – Hero
Teenage impresario without whom, we may not have Beach Boys Concert, the first live album to reach to top of the charts


Murry Wilson – Hero & Villain
Instrumental (no pun intended) in securing their first recording contract with Capitol Records and tirelessly promoted the band in their early years of recording and touring…but listen to the Help Me Rhonda studio recording of his advice to Alan on the lead vocal) … he sold Sea of Tunes Publishing rights without son Brian's consent …


Van Dyke Parks
Hero to Brian and millions of Beach Boys fans who saw their writing partnership as a huge step forward, solidifying the band's transition into the new ear of rock music ... Villain to several members of the band that saw Van Dyke (through his seemingly unintelligible lyrics) as a support to Brian's increasingly dysfunctional lifestyle


Charles Manson


Billy Hinsche


Glen Campbell


Jan Berry


Dean Torrence


Roger Christian


Chuck Berry


Chuck Britz


Derek Taylor - Hero


Mike Vosse


James Guercio


Eugene Landy


Gary Usher







Marilyn Rovell


Nick Venet


Hal Blaine


Steve Korthoff – Hero
Definitely a hero for me (provided me and my buddies a set of Beach Boys shirts they wore during early 60’s concerts) - You'll hear his name on the Friends album.


Stan Love


Russ Regan


Hite Morgan


Danny Hutton


Mo Ostin


Dick Reynolds


John Phillips


Carol Kaye


Jack Rieley -

James Watt – Villain
Banned the Beach Boys from performing on the DC Mall in 1983) who turned out to be a hero (the President himself endorsed the boys and brought them tons of positive publicity


Ed Carter


Jeffrey Foskett


David Beard


David Leaf – Hero
His Pet Sounds newspaper, begun in 1977, was just the beginning of his documenting the story of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys


Phil Spector - Villain


Paul McCartney


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - Hero & Villain
Initially a messiah-figure to the band, so much so that they included a lecture from the Maharishi on what turned out to be a very unsuccessful and unprofitable tour.


Ricky Fataar


Blondie Chaplin


Tony Asher


Chuck Girard – Hero
Lead vocal on Hondells’ version of Little Honda rivaled the Beach Boys


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2 comments:

Tom Brady said...

TONY ASHER--HEREO!!!! The man who worked with Brian on his masterpiece Pet Sounds Tom

Anonymous said...

Sgt. D.W. Taylor, as proudly proclaimed on his desk top was NO hero. He was McCartney's agent of sabotage in Brian's world. Has nobody considered how handling so many bands was a conflict of interests?
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