January   Carl refuses to be drafted into the army (3rd), claiming conscientious objector status. Capitol
  expect Smile to be delivered to them by the 15th. It isn't. Four days previously, the Articles of
  Incorporation for Brother Records Inc. were filed in Los Angeles.
  February   The Beach Boys sue Capitol on the 28th for unpaid back royalties and $225,000 for an
  outdated 'breakages clause'.
  April   Brian is appointed to the board of the projected Monterey Pop Festival. The Beach Boys are
  scheduled to close the Saturday evening set. Hosted by Leonard Bernsiten, "Inside Pop: The
  Rock Revolution" is aired on CBS on the 26th, Brian's solo performance of "Surf's Up"
  arousing great expectations.
  May   publicist Derek Taylor announces the abandonment of Smile in the rock press, the first mention
  being on the 2nd .
  June   the band, presumably on Brian's say-so, pull out of the Monterey Pop Festival, citing pressure
  to release a new 45 and Carl's upcoming draft trial. The Festival (16th/17th/18th) is a huge
  success and the Beach Boys' no-show is seen as tacit agreement that they are no longer hip.
  Carol files for divorce from Dennis.
  July   drastically reshaped and partly re-recorded centerpiece of Smile, "Heroes And Villains" (b/w
  BW solo chant "You're Welcome") is released after eight months of silence on
  Capitol-distributed Brother Records and fails to make the Top Ten, stalling at #12. Second
  compilation, Best Of The Beach Boys Volume 2, is releases and charts at #50. On the 18th,
  Capitol announce that a settlement has been reached between themselves and the band, the first
  result of which is that Capitol will distribute the newly formed Brother Records label.
  August   the band (less Bruce) travel to Hawaii where two concerts (25th & 26th) are recorded for a
  proposed live album, Lei'd In Hawaii. The project is shelved due to technical problems and
  the band's poor performance
  September   cut largely at Brian's new home studio, Smiley Smile (largely Smile mutants and hastily
  recorded new material - only "Good Vibrations" and "Heroes And Villains" appear in their
  original versions) is first, and last album released on Brother. The production credit reads 'The
  Beach Boys' and it charts at no more than #41. Second and final Brother 45, "Gettin'
  Hungry/Devoted to You", is released; credited as by Brian & Mike, it is the first BB-related
  release since "Barbie" to fail to chart.
  October   reverting to the Capitol label, "Wild Honey/Wind Chimes" single is released and does little to
  reverse the band's declining fortunes, peaking at #31. Capitol also release The Many Moods
  Of Murry Wilson, an instrumental album: it includes "Italia", an Alan Jardine composition that is
  an uncredited Brian Wilson production.
  December   R'n'B flavored Wild Honey album and extracted "Darlin'/Here Today" 45 are released,
  respectively reaching #24 and #19 in the charts. The hugely influential Rolling Stone prints an
  article by Jann Wenner that compares the Beach Boys unfavorably with The Beatles and thus
  seals their fate by effectively excluding them from serious consideration. The band meet the
  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Paris, France.
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