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Influences on The Beach Boys

Connecting the dots of artistic inspiration: a musical family tree
Johnny Otis
The Four Freshmen
Chuck Berry (The Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA” mimics Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” almost note for note. Berry was even awarded a co-writing credit for the song following litigation, although the royalties he received have always been a point of contention for Brian Wilson, who wrote the song’s lyrics.)
The Ventures
The Beatles
Perry Como
Rosemary Clooney

Influenced by The Beach Boys

Paul McCartney
Jan and Dean
Tom Petty
Velvet Underground
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