Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1961: The Pendeltons, performing under their new name The Beach Boys, play the New Year’s Eve Ritchie Valens Memorial Dance in Long Beach. The group earns $300 — it’s their first paying gig. The dance is headlined by Ike & Tina Turner. The Beach Boys at this point are a Southern California sensation — their Surfin is #3 on local charts and peaks at #75 nationally.