62 Rare Historical Photos

Culture | August 25, 2017

The Beach Boys

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Pictured here are The Beach Boys in 1965, the same year Salt Lake City was released. The Beach Boys became wildly popular because their California surf-inspired sound was so unique. Surf-rock had yet to emerge and the Beach boys quickly became the most influential American band of the sixties. With over eighty songs topping charts worldwide, they remain one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and widely influential bands of all time.

What many people don't know, is prior to the notorious "Manson murders", Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson became pals with Charles Manson back in 1968. Wilson introduced Manson around and even helped him secure recording sessions for his own album "Lie: The Love Terror Cult". 

The Beach Boys also ended up doing a cover of Manson’s song “Cease to Exist” but on their album, it was called “Never Learn Not to Love.” It was released in 1969, a year before Manson’s album and they didn’t give him writing credit for the track on their LP. 

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Lyra Radford


Lyra spends her days exploring all shades of history. In her writing, she covers topics ranging from the 'groovy' to the downright strange. She enjoys books, movies, and strong coffee. She also fancies herself the world's greatest air hockey player. She learned the ins and outs of writing and producing film/television at Palm Beach State and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is currently enrolled at Arizona State University studying psychology and writing. Her work has been featured by some of the most prolific sites on the web and she is the author of the travel guide "Two-Days Exploring Haunted Key West".