Photos By Ron Elkman
The Beach Boys are America's first pop band to reach the 50 year milestone.
For five decades, they've recorded and performed the music that's become known as the world's favorite soundtrack to summer.
The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard/ Nielsen SoundScan's record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles.
They are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits.
Over the years, the Beach Boys have had 36 Billboard Top 40 chart hits.
Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys is fast approaching triple-platinum sales status.
Another one of their albums, the SMiLE Sessions was released to worldwide critical acclaim in November.
The SMiLE Sessions has been heralded as 2011's #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine.
The Beach Boys core quintent was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
The quintent includes the three Wilson brothers (Brian, Dennis and Carl), Mike Love, and Al Jardine.
The Beach Boys performed live at the Hard Rock Live on February 18.
Photos by Ron Elkman
Alan Gross speaks to the media after his release from a Cuban prison.
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