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David Marks

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David Marks (born David Lee Marks, August 22, 1948) is an American songwriter and musician. He is best known as being a member of The Beach Boys from February 1962 to October 1963 and rejoining in later versions of the band, including a reunited version that recorded the album “That’s Why God Made the Radio” and toured together in 2012.

Marks was part of the Beach Boys line-up, at age 13, when they signed with Capitol Records on July 16, 1962. Marks performed on the band’s first four albums, playing rhythm guitar and singing harmony.

As a 7-year-old child, Marks had moved in across the street from the family home of the three Wilson brothers in 1956. As the 1950s progressed Marks sang and played music with the Wilson family at their Sunday night singalongs.

Inspired by seeing a 1958 performance by guitarist John Maus (later of The Walker Brothers), then 10-year-old Marks asked his parents to buy him a guitar, and his wish came true on Christmas Eve, 1958. He began taking lessons from Maus, who had himself been a student of Ritchie Valens.

In 1959, Marks and Brian Wilson’s then twelve year old youngest brother Carl had begun to develop their own style of playing electric guitars (Marks having introduced Maus to Carl, they both had the same teacher.) Brian eventually realized that the combination of Carl Wilson and Marks could bring a rock guitar sound to his original compositions, and the two then-teenagers were participants in Brian’s first songwriting efforts that led to the later hit single “Surfer Girl”.

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  • A-W-A-X

    "I Think About You Often" is a gem. David's best solo work. Dennis Wilson fans should definitely check it out.

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • coolsweetgroovy

    I love all The Beach Boys

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    the overlooked founding member of the beach boys, and a good guitar player :)

    18 Apr 2010 Reply