Monday Open Thread | You know you know the words Week: The Beach Boys

There’s certain music where folks like me aren’t part of the ‘ target demographic’.

But, when the music from the group comes on the radio..

You know all the words!

Demographics be damned….music is universal.

Today’s group is The Beach Boys.

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The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group’s original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. Emerging at the vanguard of the “California Sound”, the band’s early music gained international popularity for their distinct vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. Influenced by jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and doo-wop, Brian led the band to experiment with several genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and baroque while devising novel approaches to music production and arranging. While initially managed by the Wilsons’ father Murry, Brian’s creative ambitions and sophisticated songwriting abilities dominated the group’s musical direction.

Released in 1966, the Pet Sounds album and the “Good Vibrations” single featured an intricate and multi-layered sound that represented a departure from the simple surf rock of the Beach Boys’ early years. Soon after the dissolution of Smile, Brian gradually ceded control to the rest of the band, reducing his input due to mental health and substance abuse issues. Though the more democratic incarnation of the Beach Boys recorded a string of albums in various musical styles that garnered international critical success, the group struggled to reclaim their commercial momentum in America. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band’s name transpired. Dennis drowned in 1983 and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl’s death, many live configurations of the band fronted by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston continued to tour into the 2000s while other members pursued solo projects. For the band’s 50th anniversary, the surviving co-founders briefly reunited for a new studio album and world tour.

The Beach Boys are often touted “America’s Band”,[1] and AllMusic stated that their “unerring ability…made them America’s first, best rock band.”[2] The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them United States Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2] The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.[3][4] They have received one Grammy Award for The Smile Sessions (2011).[5] The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.[1]

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Officer #MichaelSlager recorded laughing after #WalterScott execution


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Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship

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Video & Photos | Walter Scott’s Homegoing



I will not say rest in peace, Walter Scott. There will be no peace until the system of white supremacy and fear is DISMANTLED.
Patriotic: Walter Scott’s casket was wrapped in an American flag as it was rolled into

Funeral Held For Police Shooting Victim Walter Scott In North Charleston, SC
Judy Scott arrives for the funeral of her son. (Photo by David Goldman -Pool/Getty Images)

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Here’s the program  and here

Judy Scott is escorted to the funeral of her son, Walter Scott. Photograph: David Goldman / Pool/EPA

Mourners look on as the casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral in Summerville, South Carolina. Photograph: Pool/Reuters

Hundreds gather in South Carolina to mourn Walter Scott, the 50-year-old

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Saturday Open Thread | Country Music Week

Brooks & DunnBrooks & Dunn was an American country music duo consisting of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, who were both vocalists and songwriters. The duo was founded in 1990 through the suggestion of Tim DuBois. Before the foundation, both members were solo recording artists. Brooks wrote number one singles for John Conlee, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Highway 101; both he and Dunn also charted two solo singles apiece in the 1980s, with Brooks also releasing an album for Capitol Records in 1989.

Signed to Arista Nashville in 1991, the duo recorded ten studio albums, one Christmas album, and three compilation albums for the label. They also released fifty singles, of which twenty went to number one on the Hot Country Songs charts and nineteen more reached top ten. Two of these number-one songs, “My Maria” (a cover of the B.W. Stevenson song) and “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You“, were the top country songs of 1996 and 2001, respectively, according to the Billboard Year-End charts.

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Friday Open Thread | Country Music Week

Clay Walker 25Ernest Clayton “Clay” Walker, Jr. (born August 19, 1969) is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 1993 with the singleWhat’s It to You“, which reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, as did its follow-up, 1994’s “Live Until I Die“. Both singles were included on his self-titled debut album, released in 1993 via Giant Records. He stayed with the label until its 2001 closure, later recording for Warner Bros. Records and RCA Records before joining his current label, Asylum-Curb Records, in 2007.

Clay Walker has released a total of 11 albums, including a greatest hits package and an album of Christmas music. His first four studio albums all achieved platinum certification in the United States and his greatest hits collection and fifth studio album were each certified gold. He has charted 30 country singles, including six Number Ones: “What’s It to You”, “Live Until I Die”, Dreaming with My Eyes Open“, “If I Could Make a Living“, “This Woman and This Man“, and “Rumor Has It“. His most recent album, She Won’t Be Lonely Long, was released in mid-2010.

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Thursday Open Thread | Country Music Week

cowboy_take_me_away_01-150x150Dixie Chicks is an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres. The band is composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces“.

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