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Archive for Thursday, October 15, 1998

HOW MANY OF THE ORIGINAL BEACH BOYS ARE LEFT IN THE BAND?

October 15, 1998

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When Mike Love performs today with a group billed as the Beach Boys or ``American Band Featuring Members of the Beach Boys,'' he is the only original member who was there in 1961 when the group formed in Hawthorne, Calif. The original fivesome consisted of Love, Al Jardine and the brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson.

Love's group includes two early Beach Boys: David Marks, who replaced Jardine from 1962 to 1963, and Bruce Johnston, who toured in place of Brian Wilson beginning in 1965.

During the 1997 Beach Boys tour, Love, Jardine and Carl Wilson performed together. Wilson, who was replaced by Marks during the tour because of health problems, died of cancer in February at age 51. Dennis Wilson drowned in 1983.

Jardine is reportedly putting together his own ``Beach Boys: Friends and Family'' tour. Brian Wilson continues to record and perform occasionally on his own.

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