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  • 1. 

    Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Alan Jardine attended which college together?

    • A.

      Dental School

    • B.

      California State At Fresno

    • C.

      UCLA

    • D.

      El Camino Junior College

    Correct Answer
    D. El Camino Junior College
    Explanation
    Brian Wilson and Alan Jardine attended El Camino Junior College together.

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  • 2. 

    Before The Beach Boys made it big, Brian Wilson attended college. What was he thinking about majoring in?

    • A.

      Art

    • B.

      Philosophy

    • C.

      Music

    • D.

      Psychology

    Correct Answer
    D. Psychology
    Explanation
    Brian Wilson was considering majoring in Psychology before The Beach Boys became successful. This suggests that he had an interest in understanding human behavior and the mind, which could have influenced his songwriting and musical style. Psychology also involves studying emotions and relationships, which are common themes in The Beach Boys' music. Wilson's decision to pursue a career in music instead of psychology ultimately led to the creation of iconic songs and his significant contribution to the music industry.

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  • 3. 

    Who did not tour as a part of The Beach Boys band in the 1970's?

    • A.

      The Captain & Tennille

    • B.

      Blondie Chaplin

    • C.

      Ricky Fataar

    • D.

      Glen Campbell

    Correct Answer
    D. Glen Campbell
    Explanation
    Glen Campbell did not tour as a part of The Beach Boys band in the 1970s. The other options, The Captain & Tennille, Blondie Chaplin, and Ricky Fataar, were all members of The Beach Boys during that time period.

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  • 4. 

    Which Beach Boy wrote Barry Manilow's hit "I Write the Songs"?

    • A.

      Bruce Johnston

    • B.

      Brian Wilson

    • C.

      David Marks

    • D.

      Mike Love

    Correct Answer
    A. Bruce Johnston
    Explanation
    Bruce Johnston is the correct answer because he is the Beach Boy who wrote Barry Manilow's hit song "I Write the Songs". He joined the Beach Boys in 1965 and became a key member of the group, contributing to their songwriting and performing. Johnston's talent as a songwriter led to him penning the popular song, which was later recorded and made famous by Barry Manilow.

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  • 5. 

    Which is NOT a song meant to characterize the life of Beach Boy Brian Wilson?

    • A.

      Brian Wilson

    • B.

      I Write The Songs

    • C.

      Brian's Back

    • D.

      Brian's Song

    Correct Answer
    D. Brian's Song
    Explanation
    The song "Brian's Song" is not meant to characterize the life of Beach Boy Brian Wilson. This song is actually a tribute to Brian Piccolo, a football player who died of cancer at a young age. It was written for a made-for-TV movie about his life and friendship with another player.

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  • 6. 

    Who was Beach Boy Brian Wilson's idol?

    • A.

      Singer Runaway Del Shannon

    • B.

      His Father Murray Wilson

    • C.

      The Beatles' Producer George Martin

    • D.

      Record Producer Phil Spector

    Correct Answer
    D. Record Producer Phil Spector
    Explanation
    Brian Wilson's idol was record producer Phil Spector. Phil Spector was known for his innovative production techniques and his "Wall of Sound" recording method, which greatly influenced Wilson's own production style. Wilson admired Spector's ability to create complex and layered arrangements in his recordings, and he often cited Spector as a major influence on his work with The Beach Boys.

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  • 7. 

    Which non-Beach Boy sang on the recording of the classic hit Barbara Ann?

    • A.

      Glen Campbell

    • B.

      Dean Torrence

    • C.

      Terry Melcher

    • D.

      Frankie Valli

    Correct Answer
    B. Dean Torrence
    Explanation
    Dean Torrence was the non-Beach Boy who sang on the recording of the classic hit "Barbara Ann." He is best known as one half of the musical duo Jan and Dean, who had several hits in the 1960s. Dean Torrence's vocals can be heard on the Beach Boys' recording of "Barbara Ann," which was released in 1965 and became a popular and enduring hit.

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  • 8. 

    Which song on The Beach Boys album "Surfin' USA" was written by Dick Dale?

    • A.

      Let's Go Trippin'

    • B.

      Misirlou

    • C.

      Summertime Blues

    • D.

      Honky Tonk

    Correct Answer
    A. Let's Go Trippin'
  • 9. 

    Which Beach Boys Smile era song was purported to feature Paul McCartney?

    • A.

      Mrs. O'leary's Cow

    • B.

      Holidays

    • C.

      Been Way Too Long

    • D.

      Vega-Tables

    Correct Answer
    D. Vega-Tables
    Explanation
    During the Smile era, there were rumors that Paul McCartney would be featured on a Beach Boys song. Among the options given, "Vega-Tables" is the most likely choice because it was one of the few songs from that era that Paul McCartney was known to have worked on. The song was intended to be a collaboration between the Beach Boys and McCartney, but ultimately, his contributions were not included in the final version.

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  • 10. 

    Reggie Dunbar is attributed as co-writer of The Beach Boys song "Break Away". Who IS Reggie Dunbar?

    • A.

      Brian Wilson's College Roommate Bob Norberg

    • B.

      Brian Wilson's Father Murray

    • C.

      Rick Henn Of The Sunrays

    • D.

      Elton John

    Correct Answer
    B. Brian Wilson's Father Murray
    Explanation
    Reggie Dunbar is Brian Wilson's father Murray.

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  • 11. 

    What was the first Brian Wilson single to be released?

    • A.

      Love And Mercy

    • B.

      Caroline, No

    • C.

      Melt Away

    • D.

      Night Time

    Correct Answer
    B. Caroline, No
    Explanation
    "Caroline, No" was the first Brian Wilson single to be released. This song was released in 1966 as part of The Beach Boys' album "Pet Sounds." It marked a departure from the band's previous surf rock sound and showcased Wilson's innovative production techniques and introspective songwriting. The song's melancholic lyrics and unique instrumentation made it a critical success and a fan favorite. Its release paved the way for Wilson's future solo career and solidified his reputation as a musical genius.

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  • 12. 

    Which one of the original Beach Boys was the first to release a solo album?

    • A.

      Dennis Wilson

    • B.

      Brian Wilson

    • C.

      Carl Wilson

    • D.

      Mike Love

    Correct Answer
    A. Dennis Wilson
    Explanation
    Dennis Wilson was the first original Beach Boy to release a solo album. He released his self-titled debut album "Pacific Ocean Blue" in 1977. This album showcased his songwriting and vocal abilities outside of the Beach Boys. Although Brian Wilson is often recognized as the creative force behind the Beach Boys' music, Dennis was the first to venture into a solo career. Carl Wilson also released solo albums later on, but Dennis was the first among the original members to do so. Mike Love, on the other hand, did not release a solo album.

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  • 13. 

    Which of The Beach Boys' albums was intended to be Brian Wilson's first solo album?

    • A.

      15 Big Ones

    • B.

      Ten Years Of Harmony

    • C.

      Love You

    • D.

      Keepin' The Summer Alive

    Correct Answer
    C. Love You
    Explanation
    "Love You" was intended to be Brian Wilson's first solo album. Although it was released under The Beach Boys' name, Brian Wilson took on the majority of the songwriting, production, and recording duties for the album. The album showcased Wilson's unique and experimental musical style, with introspective and personal lyrics. Despite not being a commercial success at the time of its release, "Love You" has since gained recognition as a cult classic and a testament to Brian Wilson's creative genius.

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  • 14. 

    What non-Beach Boys song did The Beach Boys rap to in 1987?

    • A.

      Wipe Out

    • B.

      The Fat Boy Rap

    • C.

      Pipeline

    • D.

      Surfers Stomp

    Correct Answer
    A. Wipe Out
    Explanation
    In 1987, The Beach Boys rapped to the non-Beach Boys song "Wipe Out". This song is a surf rock instrumental originally performed by The Surfaris in 1963. The Beach Boys incorporated rap elements into their performance of "Wipe Out" in 1987, showcasing their versatility and ability to adapt their style to different genres.

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  • 15. 

    Which Beach Boys tune was inspired by The Beatles' song "Ticket to Ride"?

    • A.

      Help Me, Rhonda

    • B.

      When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)

    • C.

      Girl Don't Tell Me

    • D.

      You're So Good To Me

    Correct Answer
    C. Girl Don't Tell Me
    Explanation
    "Girl Don't Tell Me" is the correct answer because it was indeed inspired by The Beatles' song "Ticket to Ride". The Beach Boys' lead vocalist, Brian Wilson, was influenced by the unique sound and structure of "Ticket to Ride" and wanted to create a similar vibe in "Girl Don't Tell Me". This can be heard in the song's driving rhythm and harmonies, which bear resemblance to The Beatles' hit.

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  • 16. 

    Which Beach Boys tune came first?

    • A.

      Little Deuce Coupe

    • B.

      Help Me, Rhonda

    • C.

      Little Honda

    • D.

      This Car Of Mine

    Correct Answer
    A. Little Deuce Coupe
    Explanation
    "Little Deuce Coupe" came first among the given options.

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  • 17. 

    In 1976, what song was released about the death of Beach Boy Brian Wilson's dog?

    • A.

      Louie

    • B.

      Timothy

    • C.

      Me And You And A Dog Named Boo

    • D.

      Shannon

    Correct Answer
    D. Shannon
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Shannon." In 1976, a song titled "Shannon" was released, which was about the death of Beach Boy Brian Wilson's dog. This song pays tribute to Wilson's beloved pet and reflects on the emotions and memories associated with their time together.

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  • 18. 

    Which Beach Boy regularly played rhythm guitar on concert tours between 1961-1980?

    • A.

      Al Jardine

    • B.

      Dennis Wilson

    • C.

      Carl Wilson

    • D.

      Brian Wilson

    Correct Answer
    A. Al Jardine
    Explanation
    Al Jardine regularly played rhythm guitar on concert tours between 1961-1980.

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  • 19. 

    Which Beach Boy regularly played bass guitar?

    • A.

      Al Jardine

    • B.

      Dennis Wilson

    • C.

      Carl Wilson

    • D.

      Brian Wilson

    Correct Answer
    D. Brian Wilson
    Explanation
    Brian Wilson regularly played bass guitar for The Beach Boys. He was not only the lead vocalist and songwriter but also a multi-instrumentalist. While he primarily played the piano and keyboards, he also contributed to the band's sound by playing bass guitar on many of their recordings. Brian's musical talents and contributions were integral to the success and sound of The Beach Boys.

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  • 20. 

    Which Beach Boy was forced to surf on national television in 1976?

    • A.

      Brian Wilson

    • B.

      Dennis Wilson

    • C.

      Al Jardine

    • D.

      Bruce Johnston

    Correct Answer
    A. Brian Wilson
    Explanation
    Brian Wilson was forced to surf on national television in 1976 because he was a member of the Beach Boys, a popular American rock band known for their songs about surfing and beach culture. As one of the founding members and the primary songwriter of the band, Brian Wilson often faced pressure to perform and promote the band's image. This particular event was likely a publicity stunt or a way to capitalize on the band's iconic association with surfing.

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  • 21. 

    What song made Beach Boy father Murray Wilson famous?

    • A.

      Break Away

    • B.

      Two Step Side Step

    • C.

      Lazzaloo

    • D.

      Moody

    Correct Answer
    B. Two Step Side Step
    Explanation
    The question asks about the song that made Beach Boy father Murray Wilson famous. Among the given options, "Two Step Side Step" is the only song that could potentially be associated with Murray Wilson. However, without any additional context or information, it is difficult to provide a more specific explanation about why this song would have made Murray Wilson famous.

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  • 22. 

    Which song is not included in the 1981 45 RPM single entitled "The Beach Boys Medley"?

    • A.

      Fun, Fun, Fun

    • B.

      Good Vibrations

    • C.

      I Get Around

    • D.

      409

    Correct Answer
    D. 409
    Explanation
    The song "409" is not included in the 1981 45 RPM single entitled "The Beach Boys Medley".

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  • 23. 

    Which two Beach Boys made an appearance in the 1978 movie "Dead Man's Curve -- the story of Jan & Dean"?

    • A.

      Mike Love & Bruce Johnston

    • B.

      Mike Love & Carl Wilson

    • C.

      Mike Love & Brian Wilson

    • D.

      Carl Wilson & Al Jardine

    Correct Answer
    A. Mike Love & Bruce Johnston
    Explanation
    In the 1978 movie "Dead Man's Curve -- the story of Jan & Dean," the two Beach Boys who made an appearance were Mike Love and Bruce Johnston.

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  • 24. 

    Which recording engineer helped The Beach Boys create their most legendary works?

    • A.

      Stephen Desper

    • B.

      Earle Mankey

    • C.

      Stephen Moffit

    • D.

      Chuck Britz

    Correct Answer
    D. Chuck Britz
    Explanation
    Chuck Britz is the correct answer because he was the recording engineer who worked closely with The Beach Boys during the 1960s, helping them create their most legendary works. Britz was known for his technical expertise and innovative recording techniques, which contributed to the band's unique sound. He played a crucial role in capturing the harmonies and intricate arrangements that became the signature of The Beach Boys' music.

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  • 25. 

    Which of the following has not played drums on a Beach Boys recording?

    • A.

      Keith Moon

    • B.

      John Stamos

    • C.

      Hal Blaine

    • D.

      Dennis Wilson

    Correct Answer
    A. Keith Moon
    Explanation
    Keith Moon has not played drums on a Beach Boys recording. Keith Moon was the drummer for the rock band The Who, not the Beach Boys. The other options, John Stamos, Hal Blaine, and Dennis Wilson, have all played drums on Beach Boys recordings. John Stamos is an actor and musician who has occasionally played drums for the Beach Boys. Hal Blaine was a renowned session drummer who played on many Beach Boys songs. Dennis Wilson was a member of the Beach Boys and also played drums for the band.

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  • 26. 

    What harmony group inspired The Beach Boys to sing?

    • A.

      The Happenings

    • B.

      The Four Seasons

    • C.

      The Dave Clark Five

    • D.

      The Four Freshman

    Correct Answer
    D. The Four Freshman
    Explanation
    The Beach Boys were inspired by The Four Freshman to sing. The Four Freshman were a vocal harmony group known for their intricate vocal arrangements and close harmonies. The Beach Boys admired their unique sound and incorporated similar vocal techniques into their own music. This influence can be heard in songs like "Surfer Girl" and "In My Room," showcasing the impact The Four Freshman had on The Beach Boys' musical style.

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  • 27. 

    Which Beach Boy had first envisioned the band as a folk group?

    • A.

      Carl Wilson

    • B.

      Brian Wilson

    • C.

      Mike Love

    • D.

      Al Jardine

    Correct Answer
    D. Al Jardine
    Explanation
    Al Jardine is the correct answer because he was the Beach Boy who initially envisioned the band as a folk group. This suggests that he had a specific musical direction in mind for the band before they eventually evolved into their signature sound.

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  • 28. 

    According to Brian Wilson of "The Beach Boys", which song was to open the unfinished "Smile" album?

    • A.

      Barnyard

    • B.

      Our Prayer

    • C.

      The Elements Suite

    • D.

      Heroes And Villains

    Correct Answer
    B. Our Prayer
    Explanation
    According to Brian Wilson of "The Beach Boys", the song "Our Prayer" was intended to open the unfinished "Smile" album.

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  • 29. 

    According to Beach Boy Carl Wilson, what song was frequently played in opium dens in China in the late 1960's?

    • A.

      Wonderful

    • B.

      Wind Chimes

    • C.

      The Woody Woodpecker Symphony

    • D.

      Little Pad

    Correct Answer
    B. Wind Chimes
    Explanation
    According to Beach Boy Carl Wilson, the song "Wind Chimes" was frequently played in opium dens in China in the late 1960s.

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  • 30. 

    Who played drums for The Beach Boys in 1972?

    • A.

      Blondie Chaplin

    • B.

      Brian Wilson

    • C.

      Carl Wilson

    • D.

      Ricky Fataar

    Correct Answer
    D. Ricky Fataar
    Explanation
    Ricky Fataar played drums for The Beach Boys in 1972.

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