based on the Steve Gaines book, TV movie "Summer Dreams" airs on US TV on the 29th to
universal critical disapproval. It has entered Beach Boys lore as 'the movie with the bad beards'.
Capitol begin to issue the Beach Boys 1962-69 catalog in a 'two-albums-on-one-CD' format
(instantly tagged 2fers), except for Pet Sounds. The pairings are Surfin' Safari/Surfin'
U.S.A., Surfer Girl/Shut Down Vol. 2, Little Deuce Coupe/All Summer Long, Beach
Boys Today!/Summer Days (And Summer Nights !!), Smiley Smile/Wild Honey,
Friends/20/20, Beach Boys' Party/Stack O' Tracks and Beach Boys Concert/Live in
London. All 2fers include extensive liner notes and bonus tracks of B sides, alternate takes
and unreleased material. Gary Lee Usher dies of lung cancer on the 25th. He was 51 years
old. Stanley Love, Mike's brother, files a petition seeking to become Brian's conservator (2nd).
the band tour without Mike, who is fronting the Endless Summer Beach Band in Japan. His
place is taken by America's Gerry Beckley.
|July||Melcher-produced and written soundtrack item "Problem Child" is unsuccessfully released.|
CBS/Epic begin reissuing the post-1969 catalog on CD (up to and including Keepin' The
Summer Alive) but make no attempt to emulate the Capitol format - single albums, no bonus
tracks or liner notes.
|December||On the 1st, Brian plays a 6 song set at the 'Save The Bay' benefit gig in Santa Monica.|