Happy Birthday to Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, who turns 76 today (June 27th). Johnston joined the group on April 9th, 1965 to become the permanent live replacement for the group's leader and bassist Brian Wilson, who had quit the road the previous December to focus solely on songwriting and producing. Soon after Johnston had joined, Wilson featured him prominently on the group's next single, 1965's Number Three hit "California Girls." Johnston's tenor voice was also notably featured in the fadeout of "God Only Knows" from the group's 1966 Pet Sounds album. Johnston's signature Beach Boys classic, 1971's "Disney Girls," is among the tracks revamped on the new set, The Beach Boys With the Royal Philharmonic, which sailed to Number One on both Billboard's Classical Albums and Classical Crossover Albums charts.

Johnston is currently out on the road with Mike Love's touring version of the Beach Boys and next performs on June 30th in Timmons, ON at the "Stars and Thunder Festival" at Hollinger Park.

Bruce Johnston explained why he was so desperately needed out on the road with the group back in 1965: "Brian Wilson had about 10 jobs. He had to write it, arrange it, produce it, do vocal arrangements. . . and it means you have to stay home to do it. So that kind of opened up a door for me to be on the road -- and record, I guess."

Apart from being a member of the Beach Boys, Johnston is best known for composing Barry Manilow's 1976 chart topper "I Write The Songs," which earned Johnston the Grammy that year for Song Of The Year.

Aside from his four decades working with the Beach Boys, Johnston has worked with Elton John, Eric Carmen, the Hudson Brothers, David Cassidy, Pink Floyd, and many, many others.

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