|January||Mike marries Frances St. Martin on the 4th.|
Alan returns to Los Angeles from Ferris U, and enrols at El Camino Community College, |
where he meets Brian again, and suggests they form a group. Brian offers Carl and Mike
for inclusion. He also reforms The Islanders.
|July||Mike & Francis' first child, Melinda, is born on the 15th.|
Alan & Gary Winfrey are called back by Hite Morgan. Barrow is away at college so |
Keith Lent takes his place. They perform "Rio Grande", written by Morgan's son, Bruce.
After the session, Brian is approached to help out.
with Brian, Carl, Dennis & Mike, Alan re-auditions for the Morgans, performing either|
"Rio Grande" or "Sloop John B" (or possibly both); the Morgans request original
material. Dennis (untruthfully) says that Brian & Mike have written a song about surfing.
The two cousins then proceed to do just that.
Over the Labor Day weekend (2nd & 3rd) , the band rent instruments with $300 food |
money left by Murry (plus a little extra from Alan's mother) and practice "Surfin'" during
the absence of Murry & Audree Wilson. Upon their return, Murry assumes managerial
status. Brian & Mike sign a songwriting contract with Guild Music on the 15th.
The band - now called the Pendletones - demo "Surfin'", "Luau" & "Lavender" in the|
Morgan's front room 'studio'.
The band record "Surfin'", "Luau" & "Lavender" at World Pacific studios in LA. The|
line up is Brian (vocals/percussion), Carl (vocals/guitar), Dennis (vocals), Mike (vocals)
and Alan (vocals/acoustic bass). "Surfin'/Luau" is released on Candix 331 on the 27th.
It will later be reissued twice, first on X 301 and then on Candix 301. The band appear
on the label as The Beach Boys, without their knowledge (the name came from a
conversation between Russ Regan and Joe Saraceno: they nearly ended up being called
the Beach Boys make their first live appearance, playing two songs during the|
intermission at a Dick Dale show at the Rendezvous Ballroom on the 23rd, and are
poorly received. They make their fourth live appearance (commonly but erroneously
regarded as their first) at the Richie Valens Memorial Concert, in Long Beach CA on
New Year's Eve.