‘Surfin’ 1960s signature band to play Rangeley

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RANGELEY — One the signature bands of the 1960s, known for songs about surfing, cars and girls, the Beach Boys will perform at the Wellness Pavilion on Monday, July 26.

The event is a fundraiser for the Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Partnership.

On May 12, limited tickets for this all-weather event will be available online at www.ticketweb.com. Tickets may also be purchased by contacting the Wellness Partnership at 864-4397.

Beginning with the release in 1961 of “Surfin,’” penned by Mike Love, The Beach Boys ultimately became the top-selling American band of all time with more than 100 million albums sold and at least 36 Top 40 hits.

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Deaths of original band members Dennis and Carl Wilson, Brian Wilson’s personal problems and Al Jardine’s departure have left Mike Love as the only original member touring as The Beach Boys.

However, also on the tour is Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnson, who’s been with the band for 45 years now and was on many of the group’s biggest hits — “California Girls,” “Barbara Ann,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Good Vibrations.”

Love sang lead on many of those songs and with his cousin, Brian Wilson, also wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” and “Help Me Rhonda,” not to mention their best-selling single, the chart-topping “Kokomo.”

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. All parking will be off-site, within walking distance of the pavilion property overlooking Rangeley Lake. There will be food and drink for purchase.

The evening will begin with a live auction of five Adirondack chairs hand-painted by local artists, one of which will be personally autographed by members of The Beach Boys. The band is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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