Gumby & Fidge

Gumby’s post about Mike Love set me off on a research project. Not because I don’t remember the Beach Boys at all – I do. But there’s no competing with the awesome Gumby memory, which plies the oceans of time like the giant Mobro 4000 garbage barge that hauled an enormous load of New York City refuse to Belize and back in 1987, looking for a port that would allow it to dock. My own memories of the Beach Boys were scattered and confused, so to fill in the gaps I started reading about them. Now I feel the confusion may not be all my fault.

In case you don’t know, the Beach Boys began in 1961 in Hawthorne, California, near Los Angeles. There were the three Wilson brothers – Brian, Dennis, and Carl – plus their friend Al Jardine, and of course their cousin, Mike Love, who at the time had…

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