Is Brian Wilson still in The Beach Boys?

BEACH BOYS have been playing huge arenas for decades - but is Brian Wilson still in the band?

PUBLISHED: 11:23, Thu, Nov 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:23, Thu, Nov 5, 2020

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The Beach Boys started in the early 1960s, with three brothers at the centre. Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson joined forces with their friends Mike Love and Al Jardine, and The Beach Boys were born. So is Brian still with the band now, after leaving and rejoining various times?


Brian Wilson still performs, however his status as an official member of The Beach Boys is a little complicated.

The band has had various line-up incarnations, though the living members who have performed as part of the band are Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, along with Brian.

The Beach Boys started off with three brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson.

Brian, as the oldest, was the brainchild of the group, and became fascinated with harmonies and music as a child.

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Brian soon started writing songs, and soon the boys were joined by their cousin, Mike.

They joined up with Al, a friend from school, and soon the Pendletones were born, though Dennis was the one to convince them to incorporate surfing into their musical style.

Al’s time in the band was short at this stage, as he left to pursue a career in dentistry, at which time he was replaced by the Wilsons’ childhood friend David.

However, by 1963, only a few years later, Al rejoined the band after David left.

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During the mid-1960s, Brian began to find the stress of touring and producing music, for both the band and other artists, too much of a strain, so Glen Campbell temporarily replaced him in concerts.

Brian then chose to resign from touring, finding the stress too difficult,

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