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Beach Boys Historic Landmark

The Beach Boys Historic Landmark commemorates the site of the childhood home of Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys. The monument, located at 3701 W. 119th Street, Hawthorne, California, stands on the site of their childhood home, which was demolished in the mid-1980s during construction of the Century Freeway.

Music industry notables such as Dick Clark and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were among the letter-writers who supported the BBHL's landmark application process. Its status as a California State Historic Landmark No. 1041 was granted by the California State Historic Resources Commission in a unanimous vote on August 6, 2004, in Ontario, California, and the monument was dedicated on May 20, 2005.

The image face of the landmark was inspired by the album cover of Surfer Girl. The current lineup of the Beach Boys at that time was Brian, Carl, and Dennis; their cousin Mike Love; and David Marks (who grew up in a house across the street from the Wilson home.) [1] Al Jardine, the group's original bassist, [1] would later rejoin the band soon before David's departure. Six gold 45 records are embedded in the base of the landmark, each with the name of one of the Beach Boys; the three Wilson brothers to the left, and Love, Marks and Jardine to the right. The names of donors, Wilson friends and family members, and the Beach Boys Landmark Committee are engraved into the monument bricks. The construction work was undertaken by Scott Wilson, Dennis's adopted son.

The landmark plaque reads:

It was here that the childhood home of Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson developed their unique musical skills. During Labor Day weekend 1961, they, their cousin Mike Love, and a friend Al Jardine, gathered here to record a tape of their breakthrough song “Surfin’.” This marked the birth of the rock group known worldwide as the Beach Boys, and the beginning of an historic musical legacy. The music of the Beach Boys broadcast to the world an image of California as a place of sun, surf, and romance.[2]

Under a month after the unveiling of the landmark it was targeted by graffiti vandals.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b Stebbins, Jon (2007). The Lost Beach Boy. London: Virgin Books Ltd. p. 14. ISBN 978 1 8522 7391 0.  
  2. ^ "California Historical Landmarks - Los Angeles". State of California, Office of Historic Preservation. http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21427. Retrieved 2009-06-27.  
  3. ^ "Beach Boys monument in Calif. vandalized". usatoday.com. http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/2005-06-18-beach-boys-monument_x.htm. Retrieved 18 June 2008.  

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