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Looking Back: The Beach Boys add some music to their day (May 6, 1969)

Carl Wilson, guitar (left), Bruce Johnston, piano (center) and Al Jardine, guitar (right).

TIMES | Ricardo Ferro
Carl Wilson, guitar (left), Bruce Johnston, piano (center) and Al Jardine, guitar (right).

TIMES | Ricardo Ferro
Published Sep. 14, 2017

At Looking Back I try to keep the subjects topical when I can, but after spending 5 nights in 5 different beds in the search for air conditioning, it was NOT the time to look at any more old hurricane photos. So I went with a photo I've been saving for the right occasion. I think it's simply the sweetest photo we have in our archive. They say Carl Wilson had "The Voice of an Angel" and this photo shows he and the rest of The Beach Boys had the hearts of angels as well.

This photo, taken by Times Staff photographer Ricardo Ferro appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on May 6, 1969.

TIMES | Ricardo Ferro

ORIGINAL CAPTION: It's not rock. It's not roll. It's not folk. It's the Beach Boys. Young patients who heard them yesterday called it happy music. It doesn't follow any sort of pattern, but it's Beach Boys' music and that's enough to bring smiles to anyone, particularly youngsters at All Children's Hospital.

TIMES | Ricardo Ferro

ORIGINAL CAPTION: It's not rock. It's not roll. It's not folk. It's the Beach Boys. Young patients who heard them yesterday called it happy music. It doesn't follow any sort of pattern, but it's Beach Boys' music and that's enough to bring smiles to anyone, particularly youngsters at All Children's Hospital.

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