Beach Boys Britain
Re(1): The other board?

I 'lifted' some info from a reply from Jim Murphy on Smiley Smile Board. Doesn't give us a lot to go on, but the board you speak of seems to have been borrowed for a Capitol photo shoot...

Jim Murphy:
ESQ touched upon this in its Hawthorne 1960 issue from fall 2005. Lois Marotta (Louis's sister) could not verify the iconic Surfin' Safari and Surfer Girl album covers board was one of two boards she owned at the time. The board that was borrowed was the one used for the photographs taken at the Capitol tower in late May 1962. Perhaps, Capitol had pre-arranged for that board as a prop for the photo shoot. You get the sense the Boys did not have a lot of time to prepare for that session based on the scribbled note Brian left on David's door as seen in the Good Vibrations box. From this photo session, Capitol used a horizontal and a vertical image for the band's first two promotional photographs, and the "Surfin' Safari" b/w "409" picture sleeve. The group had more time to prepare for the album cover session at Paradise Cove, so Dennis brought along his board. When Murry moved from Hawthorne to Whittier in early 1964, he told the Boys to clear their stuff out of the house. Dennis carried the board across the street and stashed in the rafters of Louis's garage where it remained for the next two decades. I've had the pleasure of speaking with Bob and Brian Stafford about the history of the board. Louis gifted the board to Bob because of their great friendship and Bob's unwavering affection for the Beach Boys. Over the years, as Louis lived his entire life in the Hawthorne neighborhood, he met more than his share of Beach Boys' fans making Hawthorne pilgrimages and fended off at least one guy with a low ball offer for the board. When Louis gifted the board to Bob, he knew it would be in safe hands. Beach Boys' fans have Louis and Bob to thank for preserving this one-of-a-kind item that, as Wayne Johnson of Rockaway so rightly points out, may be responsible for the very existence of the band ("Hey, you guys should write a song about surfing!"). Personally, I think the board belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on permanent display, but the museum does not generally purchase items, preferring donations. Per its charter, the Museum cannot sell items once they have been donated. That would be the death knell to future donations. So, the board could wind up in the hands of a deep-pocketed private collector who had "saved his pennies and saved his dimes."

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