The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, David Marks, ‘If the Hat Fits, Summer Days&

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, ‘If the Hat Fits, Summer Days'

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© Earl Leaf
Santa Monica, U.S.A. 10 March 1964
All prints have the signature or the posthumous stamp of the photographer where known
Prints at 30x40 and 40x60 inches are available and subject to quality and resolution of image
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The Beach Boys in a store trying on hats during a day long photo session at the Pacific Ocean Park Amusements in Santa Monica in 1964. The group enjoyed themselves riding Go-Karts and playing games. The hats they selected here are seen throughout the shoot, and were used in the Today!/Summer Days(And Summer Nights) booklet.

Prior to becoming a photographer, Earl Leaf had a colourful career as a cowboy, sailor, actor, beatnik, guitarist and politician, joining the Nevada legislature in the 1930s. In 1936 he traveled to China to manage the United Press Association offices there and interviewed and photographed Communist Party Leader Mao Zedong behind enemy lines during the Sino-Japanese war of 1938.

During World War II Leaf served with the OSS (precursor to the CIA) before coming to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a celebrity photographer. He soon became the photographer of choice and constant companion to The Beach Boys, shooting them in a reportage style around L.A. numerous times as well as during their first visit to Europe in November 1964. 

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