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Videos: Fifty Years of the Beach Boys

From ‘Surfin’ Safari’ in 1962 to their recent reunion

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The Beach Boys are going on a 50th anniversary tour this year, so we figured this was a good time to look back at videos from their momentous career. Sadly, there's no footage of them singing their first single "Surfin'" back in 1961 – but there's stellar video beginning in 1962. It's incredible to watch how quickly their sound evolved, and to see just how young they were when they started. Carl Wilson and early guitarist David Marks look like they've barely hit puberty in these first videos. Also, Brian's evolution from confident teenager (he was the quarterback on his high school football team) to emotionally distressed adult is hard to ignore. 

By Andy Greene

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