1974
  May   Brother Studio officially opens its doors for business.
  summer   Dennis buys a sailing boat, The Harmony.
  June   Capitol release double compilation Endless Summer, covering the years 1962-65, which
  proves the phenomenon of the year. Backed by the Beach Boys' acclaimed live show, it
  becomes their second chart-topping album.
  July   double album pairing of Wild Honey with 20/20 is issued by Warners and charts respectably
  at #50, doubtless hitching a ride on the star of Endless Summer. Not to be outdone, Capitol
  reissues "Surfin' USA" as a 45, backed with "The Warmth Of The Sun" and watch it reach #36,
  easily outclassing any Warners' single to date.
  August   Dennis & Barbara divorce. 
  fall   the band, Brian included,  attempt a new studio album, initially at  Guercio's Caribou Ranch at
  Nederland, CO before moving to Brother Studio. Neither they nor Warners are happy with the
  results and the project is abandoned (a later fire which destroys the Colorado studio's control
  room allegedly also destroys the tapes of these sessions, excepting those taken back to Los
  Angeles for further work: there is reason to doubt this is the case). Ricky Fataar leaves the
  band, joining Joe Walsh's Barnstorm. Dennis resumes live drumming.
  October   Friends/Smiley Smile pairing on Warners' is released and charts at 125. Alan, Carl & Dennis
  contribute signature backing vocals to Chicago's top-20 hit "Wishin' You Were Here". Dennis
  meets Karen Lamm (born Barbara Karen Perks, June 21st, 1952, Indianapolis, IN), former
  wife of Chicago's Robert Lamm, for the first time. Hite Morgan, first Beach Boys producer,
  dies in Las Vegas, NV. He was 68.
  December   "Child Of Winter/Susie Cincinnati" single, the first new Beach Boys material for nearly two
  years is released two days before Christmas and, unsurprisingly (especially as the pressing is
  rumored to be just 5000), fails to chart. The A side bears Brian's first production credit for
  some seven years. In their end of the year poll, Rolling Stone makes the Beach Boys band of
  the year, entirely on the strength of their live show.
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