It was 55 years ago today (October 5th, 1963) that Beach Boys guitarist and co-founder David Marks played his final concert as a full member of the band. Marks, who grew up across the street from future Beach Boys' Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, was only 15 at the time of his final show, which took place at San Diego's Balboa Park Bowl.
Marks, who began making music with the Wilsons as a pre-teen, was a member of the Beach Boys from 1961 to 1963 and one of the five names on the band's original contract to Capitol Records. He performed on the group's first five albums, including the hits “Surfer Girl,” “409,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Surfin' Safari,” “Shut Down,” “In My Room,” “Little Saint Nick,” “Catch A Wave,” “Be True To Your School,” and “Surfin' U.S.A.” Marks, who was part of the Beach Boys' 2012 50th anniversary tour, toured in 2013 with Brian Wilson as part of his joint trek with Jeff Beck. Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and '70s-era Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin were also on board. Marks has also joined up several times with Mike Love's touring version of the band for a string of overseas dates.
David Marks quit the Beach Boys in 1963 due to his frustration at not having his own music incorporated into the act, and over frictions with the Beach Boys' manager, the Wilson brothers' father Murry Wilson. Marks, who's now a sober, happily married family man and world renowned for his guitar work, told us that it's only in recent years that he's able to look back clearly at his exit from the group back in '63: “I let those guys down when I quit the band. I did. I never really thought of how it affected them, but looking back, it had a profound effect on Brian, for one, because he was forced to come back on the road — which was his worst nightmare — and bummed him out, because he wanted to stay home and write and produce records.”
Recently released is David Marks' latest album, called Back In The Garage. The collection — which features Marks backed by the renowned surf band the a-Phonics from Valencia, Spain — includes newly recorded takes on Marks' classic tunes by the Beach Boys and the Marksmen.
Also recently released is the 17-track compilation David Marks & The Marksmen The Ultimate Collector's Edition 1963 To '65.
Back in July, David Marks and his wife Carrie were arrested in a domestic disturbance in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. According to TMZ.com, “We're told police responded to a dispute between David and his wife. After investigating, cops placed both David and Carrie in cuffs and hauled them off to jail. David was arrested and booked for resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer — a misdemeanor — and Carrie got busted for domestic violence against a spouse. . . also a misdemeanor. The details of the incident in question remain unclear.” Neither David nor Carrie pressed charges on another.
Carrie told TMZ at the time that it was all a misunderstanding, adding that the couple are heading to the South of France next moth to cerebrate David's 70th birthday and claiming, “we are happier than ever.”
AUDIO: JON STEBBINS ON DAVID MARKS BEING COMPARED TO PETE BEST
AUDIO: BRIAN WILSON ON PLAYING LIVE WITH DAVID MARKS
AUDIO: AL JARDINE ON DAVID MARKS
AUDIO: MIKE LOVE ON FRIENDSHIP WITH DAVID MARKS
AUDIO: DAVID MARKS ON ALMOST REJOINING THE BEACH BOYS IN 1971
AUDIO: JON STEBBINS ON GUITARIST DAVID MARKS QUITTING THE BEACH BOYS
AUDIO: DAVID MARKS ON QUITTING THE BEACH BOYS IN 1963