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October 13, 1985 | MARTHA GROVES
After years of playing hard to get in the fast-moving world of product licensing, the Beach Boys have agreed to let their name be used on a line of casual wear that is expected to be available in stores by Christmas, 1986. Designer Sherry Holt, with whom the Beach Boys have formed a joint venture, says the clothes will appeal to a broad range of customers--California girls (Rhonda, Wendy, Barbara Ann), little middle-aged ladies from Pasadena and even guys like Alley Oop.
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March 10, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The California Highway Patrol sent out an Amber Alert on Monday over cellphones for a Long Beach boy allegedly abducted from his home by his mother. The victim was identified as Nicholas Johnston, 12, described as white with blond hair and blue eyes, 4-feet-8 inches tall and about 80 pounds. CHP officials say the boy was abducted on Thursday by his mother, Sri Johnston, 49, who is white with brown hair and brown eyes, about 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. She was last seen driving a tan 1998 Saturn four-door with California license plate 4AUU679.
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May 31, 2012
POP MUSIC Brian Wilson officially quit as a touring member of the Beach Boys in the mid-1960s and has only been on stage periodically with the band since. As for an album together? It's been decades. But this week Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks return for a 50th anniversary tour, which kicked off last month in Arizona. The tour — followed by the release of their new album together, "Why God Made the Radio," on June 5 — is a homecoming of sorts for this quintessential SoCal band.
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February 21, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
By the time that Beck Hansen finished his lush, melancholy new record, "Morning Phase," he had become so consumed by the process that he says he'd caused brain damage. "I've heard each song about six or seven thousand times, to the point where it's burned a hole, neurologically, in my auditory system," the 43-year-old songwriter, whose work over the last two decades has helped define modern Los Angeles with his expansive, all-consuming eardrums, said over dinner recently in Los Feliz.
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June 2, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
CHULA VISTA - The Beach Boys'1968 hit "Do It Again" unfolded gradually during an afternoon sound check before the group's evening performance here late last week. In jeans and T-shirts, the band started in on the infectious and rhythmic rock song. "It's automatic when I talk to old friends," they sang, "the conversation turns to girls we knew when their hair was soft and long and the beach was the place to go. " Then came the sound of Brian Wilson's signature falsetto, launching the group's distinctive harmonies into the musical stratosphere.
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September 19, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Even on a day designed to celebrate 50 years of the signature harmonies of the Beach Boys, the notoriously fractious group couldn't avoid striking yet another discordant note amid all the good vibrations.   A day before band members gathered at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles to take in various accolades, singer and lyricist Mike Love caught his fellow band members by surprise in announcing his decision to resume touring with his latter-day incarnation of the Beach Boys -- minus creative leader Brian Wilson or original members Al Jardine and David Marks.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
“No amnesty!” “Deport them all!” “What part of 'illegal' don't you understand?” Those opposed to the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill have plenty of reasons why they won't support it. Not now. Not ever. And plenty of those opponents are Republicans in the House, which is working on its own version of legislation. But in Thursday's Times, Tamar Jacoby argues that immigration reform isn't dead ; far from it: Reports of the death of immigration reform are greatly exaggerated.
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February 11, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. On the night the Beach Boys won the first performance Grammy Award of the group's half-century long career, it was the spirit of another artist's song that Brian Wilson invoked backstage after collecting the award for historical album bestowed on “The Smile Sessions”  on Sunday: We are never, ever getting back together. Like ever. Asked whether he anticipates another round of Beach Boys reunion shows following the successful 50th anniversary tour the group mounted in 2012, Wilson told reporters “No, I don't think so.” Wilson's manager, asked to confirm the report, told The Times: “Truer words were never spoken.” GRAMMYS 2013: Full coverage   | Show highlights | Winners and nominees The tour, which made Pollstar's list of the Top 100 highest-grossing tours of the year, notoriously ended on a sour note when singer Mike Love announced he would resume touring with his own lineup of the group, including longtime member Bruce Johnston, but without founding members Wilson, Al Jardine and guitarist David Marks.  Love's move set off a firestorm of media coverage and fan comments, much of it critical of Love, who years ago was granted sole permission to use the Beach Boys name by Wilson, Jardine and the estates of deceased members Carl and Dennis Wilson.
SPORTS
September 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The CIF doesn't want teams representing their high schools during competition in out-of-season sports, so fall basketball leagues across the Southland are having to come up with new names for the schools competing. Burrel Lee, the basketball operations director for the St. John Bosco Saturday league (oops, it's now the Buzz Elite League), has assigned names for each team. It's a tough task unless you have a flare for marketing. Redondo has become the Beach Boys. Compton is C-House.
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September 28, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Oh, to be a fly on the wall backstage in London on Friday night at the Beach Boys' final performance of their 50th-anniversary reunion tour, which draws to a close on the jarring note that founding member Mike Love has in essence fired the group's creative leader, Brian Wilson, and two other original members, Alan Jardine and David Marks. Odds are good that the Wembley Arena show itself will go as swimmingly as the rest of the tour, which found the four surviving original members and longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston digging generously and deeply into their vast catalog to serve up as many as 53 songs in a single night.
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January 16, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Throughout the history of Southern California rock, two bands have loomed largest in America's popular imagination: the Beach Boys and the Eagles.  While the Beach Boys presented a more wholesome lifestyle involving fun (fun, fun), surfing, and chasing girls, the Eagles sold more records, attracted more groupies, preferred dusk to midday and smoked more pot. Or, as Glenn Frey said during the Eagles' return to the Forum on Wednesday: "The Beach Boys were pioneers. The Eagles were settlers.
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January 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Responding to the death Friday of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, many of the world's most respected rock and country vocalists expressed their sorrow over the loss. As these artists discussed the influence the Everlys had on their own music, two common themes emerged: the ambition one day to be able to sing like an Everly; then for those who achieved any degree of success, the hope at some point to sing with an Everly. “My mom always called me her little Everly,” country musician Vince Gill told The Times in explaining how much it meant later when he met Phil.
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January 4, 2014 | Randy Lewis
Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, has died. He was 74. Everly died Friday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. "We are absolutely heartbroken," she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking.
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January 3, 2014 | By Randy Lewis, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74. “We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Honda has rolled out a brand new motorcycle, and it's poised to become one of the most popular new motorcycle models of the last several years. It's called the Grom and, as I reported Saturday , it's so popular Honda can't supply dealers with enough of them to meet demand. Riding it, I kept hearing the words to that 1960s pop song -- written by the Beach Boys and made famous by them and The Hondells -- called "Little Honda. " "It's not a big motorcycle, just a groovy little motorbike.
AUTOS
October 26, 2013 | Charles Fleming
In 1964, the Beach Boys had a hit record that started with the lyrics, "It's not a big motorcycle, just a groovy little motorbike. " A half-century later, Honda has reinvented the groovy little motorbike for a new generation of young riders. And it can't make them fast enough to satisfy a swarm of buyers. Dealers are sold out of the tiny Grom -- a name derived from "grommet," for newbie surfer -- and report waiting lists of up to 40 buyers. Many are offering more than the asking price for the street-legal mini-motorcycle, which starts at $2,999, less than many scooters.
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May 16, 2007 | Randy Lewis
A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles has dismissed Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love's 2005 lawsuit against his cousin and former band mate Brian Wilson. Love argued in the lawsuit that he and the group had been harmed financially by the 2004 distribution in the United Kingdom of a free CD featuring Beach Boys songs rerecorded by Wilson in conjunction with the release of Wilson's "Smile" album. The suit claimed that the free CD also hurt potential sales of future Beach Boys releases.
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September 9, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Brian Wilson's impending tour with English guitar hero Jeff Beck already includes two other founding members of the Beach Boys -- Al Jardine and David Marks -- and now for at least five of the dates Wilson will be joined by another former Beach Boy, guitarist-singer Blondie Chaplin. Chaplin, who joined the quintessential Southern California fun-in-the-sun band briefly in the early-1970s, will be part of Wilson's performances in Hollywood, Fla., New York City, Las Vegas, Oakland and the hometown show Oct. 20 at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre.
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October 16, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. A new book from the Band's lead guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson, “Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World” (Tundra Books, $29), is impressive both for the concisely illuminating text and richly evocative illustrations, both of which are designed to help entice young people into the world of influential pop music. But on a level few kids will be aware of, much less appreciate, it's equally if not more imposing for the accompanying double-CD set featuring tracks from each of the 27 profiled artists, a broad range of heavy hitters including the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, the Beach Boys, Hank Williams, Sam Cooke and others.
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October 9, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
It was said to have been a disastrous seven days for classical music in America. "Hell week" is what Russell Platt called it in the New Yorker last week. New York City Opera declared bankruptcy and shut down. Minnesota Orchestra's music director Osmo Vänskä resigned in frustration over a contract dispute that forced management to cancel all of last season and, still unresolved, resulted in the cancellation of a high-profile tour to Carnegie Hall next month. Speaking of Carnegie, the country's most famous hall canceled its opening night gala last week because of a strike by the stagehands.
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