The Beach Boys is an American pop-rock band formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, California, and experienced a very It was one of the few American bands to compete musically with British bands of the same era, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd. Originally affiliated with surf music, the group has distinguished itself by its songs with complex and very melodic vocal harmonies.
Highly popular in the United States in the early 1960s, the Beach Boys will begin to decline at the end of this decade, due in part to the precarious mental health of Brian Wilson, the composer of most of the group's successes. Still active, albeit erratically, and authors of some returns noticed in the 1980s (with titles like the California Dreamin 'or Kokomo cover), the Beach Boys entered the Hall of Fame in 1988. With their singles and albums , they are after Billboard magazine the first American group to have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
The group consists at the beginning of:
Other musicians are included in the group, either permanently or temporarily: