The Beach Boys and Roy Orbison!

The Beach Boys opened up for Roy on The Roy Orbison Australia and New Zealand Tour in 1964.

Roy Orbison’s influence on the Beach Boys’ caused their songwriting to develop from simple surf-type music at precisely the time of this tour and culminated with with their masterpiece ”Pet Sounds” in 1966.

For an example of proof of this – the Wikipedia for their next album after touring with Roy Orbison, ”The Beach Boys Today!” states:

The Beach Boys Today! is the eighth studio album by the American rock band the Beach Boys, released March 8, 1965 on Capitol Records. It signaled a departure from their previous records with its orchestral sound, intimate subject matter, and abandonment of car or surf songs. Side one features an uptempo sound, while side two consists mostly of introspective ballads.

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