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Mystery donor brings Beach Boys to Wellesley for free concert

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 30, 2008 05:43 PM

BeachBoys.JPGThey''ll be surfin' in Del Mar, Ventura County line, Santa Cruz and ... Wellesley?
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WELLESLEY

A mystery donor is bringing The Beach Boys to Wellesley for a free concert on Sunday, May 18, as part of the town's annual "Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend" festivities.

The concert is being sponsored by a local resident who wishes to remain anonymous, said Roy Switzler, who is organizing the event.

The concert will take place at 7:15 p.m. at Hunnewell Field, which is located between between Washington Street and the Wellesley High School.

Legendary ambassadors of the California surfer lifestyle and creators of classics such as "Surfin' USA," "Surfer Girl," and "Good Vibrations," the band currently features a lineup that includes original members Mike Love (lead singer) and Bruce Johnston.

[Correction: Bruce Johnston actually joined the Beach Boys in 1965, after the group had already charted an impressive number of hits.]

According to Switzler, the group has played in Wellesley once before, but that was for a private party at the Wellesley Country Club.

-- Lisa Keen

7 comments so far...
  1. Bruce Johnston was not an original member of the Beach Boys. He joined the band in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell (yes, that Glenn Campbell) after Brian Wilson refused to go on the road anymore, and Campbell, his replacement for the touring band, left to pursue a solo career.

    Posted by Jack Archer April 30, 08 08:45 PM
  1. Good point, Jack. Although he joined the band 43 years ago, Bruce Johnston stepped into a Beach Boys lineup that had already charted a remarkable number of hit songs by 1965, including "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Surfer Girl," "In My Room," and "I Get Around."

    Posted by Ralph Ranalli, Globe West Updates Staff April 30, 08 09:31 PM
  1. Correct, Ralph. That's not to diminish Johnston's contribution to the band at all. If there were such a thing as an Honorary Original Beach Boy, Bruce Johnston would be it.

    Posted by Jack Archer April 30, 08 10:30 PM
  1. Is this only open to Wellesley residents? Are we allowed to bring food and drink?

    Posted by donna May 16, 08 11:35 AM
  1. Bruce Johnston Please Bring Birthday Cake And Drink My Birthday August 10th
    On Sunday Afternoon At 2;00 I am Very Happy For You I just Heard Beach Boys
    Having Concert Tomorrow ?

    Posted by Amanda Miller May 17, 08 07:23 PM
  1. I live in wellesley. I am attending tonight. :D

    Posted by julia May 18, 08 04:54 PM
  1. beach boys are still ALIVE????

    who knew?!

    Posted by julie May 19, 08 03:17 PM
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