The Beach Boys: Back catching another wave
The Beach Boys perform on their 2012 reunion tour. (CBS)
(CBS News) Long after other pop groups of their era have packed it in, the Beach Boys are just getting their second wind. This morning they talk about it with our Anthony Mason . . . For the Record:
A few notes and you know immediately: It's a sound as recognizable as any in rock history, the sound of The Beach Boys.
In the Sixties, their California surf rock was music for an endless summer. Half a century later, it's an indelible part of American culture - music that defined its time, and has transcended it.
No American band has more Top 40 hits . . . and the reunited group has just hit the road to perform them.
How did they decide to get back together? "It's the 50th anniversary of our group, so it makes a lot of sense, don't you think?" said Mike Love. "It's a remarkable milestone."
But the history of this band known for its harmonies has been anything but harmonious. For years, the three surviving original members - Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love - have each toured with their own bands.
Love said some did so for creative expression; "Irritated with being together too many years or too many seasons for others," he added.
They first reunited in February on the Grammys.
"The only time, and the first time in 50 years that we did the Grammys was this year. Thank goodness we finally made it," said Love.
We met the band - Wilson, Love and Jardine, plus David Marks (who played on the first four albums), and Bruce Johnston (who joined in 1965) - at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
The group remembers their Grammy nomination for "Good Vibrations" (widely considered one of the greatest rock records ever made). Love admitted he was still annoyed about losing the Grammy Award, to the Mamas and the Papas and their song "Monday, Monday."
"To be honest, I wasn't pleased," Love said.
"Oh, my God, really? I didn't know that," said Brian Wilson.
"Oh come on, you knew it," Love said.
"We were trying to keep it from you," confided Jardine.
The estranged band members have had to work to restore the good vibrations, but their vocal harmonies have come back naturally, as when they performed at Dodger Stadium - another L.A. institution celebrating a 50th anniversary.
"You probably didn't think you'd be singing those songs 50 years later?" Mason asked.
"We didn't think of 50 years later. In 1961, we thought of, 'What's our draft status?'" Love said.