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Brother Records

Brother Records
Founded Los Angeles, 1966
Founder Nick Grillo
Genre Rock
Country of origin United States

Brother Records, Inc. (BRI) is a record label and holding company formed in October 1966 that holds the intellectual property rights of the Beach Boys, including "The Beach Boys" trademark.


In mid-1966, Beach Boys business manager Nick Grillo formed the Brother Records corporation, bringing in Van Dyke Parks's manager and Brian Wilson's friend David Anderle to run the organization from an office on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Motivated in no small part by the negative reaction of Capitol Records to some of Brian's ideas for Smile, the new company gave the band more control over their products.

The shareholders were the 1966 members of the Beach Boys: Wilson brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis, along with their first cousin Mike Love, their friend Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, who traded his share in 1971. In 1983, shortly after the death of Dennis Wilson, his estate sold his share back to the corporation to repay loans. In 1998, following Carl Wilson's death, his share of the corporation passed to and is still controlled by his estate.

The label's first releases were the Beach Boys' "Heroes and Villains" single and Smiley Smile album in 1967, distributed by Capitol Records. However, the record label was almost immediately rendered dormant, with subsequent albums and singles appearing on the Capitol label alone. In 1969, however, concurrent with their signing to Reprise Records, the Brother label was reactivated, beginning with the single "Add Some Music to Your Day", and the Sunflower album.

Numerous other Beach Boys albums followed on the joint Brother/Reprise label during the 1970s, including Holland, and 15 Big Ones. An album by The Flame, produced by Carl Wilson, was released in 1970 on the Brother label, distributed by Star-day King Records. By the late 1970s, Beach Boys records were issued on Brother and distributed by Caribou Records through CBS. As of 2007, the most recent CD re-release series of the Beach Boys' 1970s albums is on the joint Brother/Capitol Records label.

Since the 1980s, Brother Records' business manager is Elliott Lott, a former chauffeur for The Beach Boys.

The logo for Brother Records is from Cyrus E. Dallin's life size bronze statue, Appeal to the Great Spirit in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. When Carl was asked in 1975 why the group used this as their logo, he said the Indian was chosen because the Wilson brothers' grandfather believed that there was a spiritual Indian guide who watched over them from the "other side". The choice of the logo was Brian's. Carl called the logo "The Last Horizon."[citation needed]


The Beach Boys Smiley Smile 1967
The Beach Boys Sunflower 1970
The Flames The Flame 1970
The Beach Boys Surf's Up 1971
The Beach Boys Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" 1972
The Beach Boys Holland 1973
The Beach Boys The Beach Boys In Concert 1973
The Beach Boys 15 Big Ones 1975
The Beach Boys Love You 1977

See also


  • Badman, Kieth (2004). The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band On Stage and In the Studio. Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-818-4. 
  • Edwards, David; Patrice Eyries, Mike Callahan (2004). Brother Records Album Discography. Retrieved January 26, 2006.