Brian Wilson Describes ‘Mutual Inspiration’ Between The Beach Boys & The Beatles

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Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images

Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images

Two of the most inspirational groups of the ’60s were no doubt the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beach Boys[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm], whose music influenced countless of other artists over the generations.  When [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Brian Wilson[/lastfm] of the Beach Boys checked in this morning, he described the mutually beneficial relationship the group had with The Beatles, and even touched on working with Paul McCartney directly.

Appearing at the Cerritos Center this month, Brian was kind enough to give K-EARTH 101 an update on his current projects and tour the summer, plus give some behind the scenes stories on some of the Beach Boy’s famous hits!

Describing his source of inspiration for coming up with some of the most notable Beach Boys hits from their catalog, Brian Wilson reveals that melodies come to him when hearing music from other artists.

Like in their first ever single “Surfer Girl,” Brian was inspired by the song “Tell It To The Birds” by Herb Alpert or in the melody for “Don’t Worry Baby” being triggered by “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes and thinking “hey, I know there’s something good here.”

There’s no telling where Brian’s inspiration for his music will come from and even credits inspiration coming from The Beatles when they were both ruling the charts in the ’60s.

“We weren’t really rivals,” says Brian. “We were a mutual inspiration kind of thing.” He adds that working with Paul McCartney was “a thrill to be in his presence and working with him” on projects.

There’s a reason why McCartney referred to him as “one of the great American geniuses” of our time when Brian was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and you can catch this musical genius live on August 27th at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m.

For tickets and information on the show, click here. Listen to our full interview with Brian below!

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