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Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys Quiz
by Staff
The Beach Boys' sunny, laid-back sound belied some major tension beneath the surface. How much do you know about The Beach Boys? Take this quiz to find out.

When did The Beach Boys form?

  • 1961
  • 1964
  • 1966

How many Wilson brothers were in the Beach Boys?

  • two
  • three
  • four

Who is the longest-lived Wilson brother?

  • Carl
  • Dennis
  • Brian

This Wilson cousin has been a Beach Boy since the beginning.

  • Mike Love
  • Tom Wilson
  • Mark Fitzpatrick

How many Top 40 hits have the Beach Boys had?

  • 10
  • 24
  • 36

How many No. 1 hits have they had?

  • four
  • six
  • eight

What was the Beach Boys' biggest hit?

  • "Barbara Ann"
  • "Surfin' USA"
  • "Kokomo"

What was the band's original name?

  • the Surf Daddies
  • the Pendletones
  • the Luau Kings

How many of the Beach Boys were surfers?

  • none
  • one
  • all of them

For their first paid show, The Beach Boys opened for these performers.

  • Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Ike & Tina Turner

What was the band's first single?

  • "Surfin' USA"
  • "Surfin'"
  • "Surfin' Safari"

The Beach Boys signed a seven-year contract with this label in 1962.

  • Capitol Records
  • Epic Records
  • Chrysalis Records

This 1963 Beach Boys album made it to No. 2 on the Billboard charts.

  • "Surfin' USA"
  • "Surfer Girl"
  • "The Beach Boys"

Brian Wilson wrote this No. 1 hit for Jan and Dean in 1963.

  • "Surf City"
  • "Little Old Lady from Pasadena"
  • "Dead Man's Curve"

The band released the "Surfer Girl" album in September 1963 and this album only three weeks later.

  • "Summer Days"
  • "Pet Sounds"
  • "Little Deuce Coupe"

What was the name of The Beach Boys' Christmas song that hit No. 3 in 1963?

  • "The Man With All the Toys"
  • "Little Saint Nick"
  • "Merry Christmas, Baby"

What was The Beach Boys' last big "surfer" hit?

  • "I Get Around"
  • "Good Vibrations"
  • "Fun Fun Fun"

This event led Brian Wilson to announce he'd be working in the studio instead of touring.

  • a panic attack
  • a drug overdose
  • a cancer scare

Who was Brian's replacement on tour?

  • Neil Sedaka
  • Bobby Darin
  • Glen Campbell

Which Beatles album inspired Brian Wilson to create the album "Pet Sounds"?

  • "Revolver"
  • "Rubber Soul"
  • "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

Paul McCartney said that "Pet Sounds" was the main inspiration for this Beatles album.

  • "Abbey Road"
  • "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
  • "Let It Be"

In 1966 this song became The Beach Boys' biggest hit to date.

  • "Good Vibrations"
  • "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
  • "Sloop John B"

Brian Wilson said that this long-unreleased album was a "teenage symphony to God."

  • "Smile"
  • "Sunflower"
  • "Wild Honey"

The Beach Boys were ridiculed for dropping out of this music festival in 1967.

  • Woodstock
  • Monterey Pop Festival
  • Newport Folk Festival

What was the name of the record label The Beach Boys created in 1969?

  • Surfin' Records
  • Brother Records
  • Love Wilson Records

How did Dennis Wilson meet Charles Manson?

  • Manson showed up at his house one day.
  • Manson auditioned to be the band's bassist.
  • Manson wrote him letters from jail.

What Beach Boys song did Charles Manson write?

  • "I Can Hear Music"
  • "Never Learn Not to Love"
  • "The Nearest Faraway Place"

Which movie sparked a Beach Boys comeback in the '70s?

  • "American Graffiti"
  • "Dog Day Afternoon"
  • "Monty Python's Life of Brian"

Which movie sparked a Beach Boys comeback in the '80s?

  • "Weird Science"
  • "Top Gun"
  • "Cocktail"

Which Beach Boy sang backup on David Lee Roth's cover of "California Girls"?

  • Carl Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Dennis Wilson