Brian Wilson's High School Changes 'F' in Music to 'A'
By Andrew Magnotta
January 17, 2018
If you've ever heard The Beach Boys' early work, it's clear that the experience of high school and of being a teenager in Southern California in the late-'50s and early-'60s was a big influence.
Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson recently returned to his alma mater, Hawthorn High School, to right a wrong by his old music teacher there, a man named Fred Morgan.
"Brian wrote a composition for me and it turned out to be ‘Surfin,’" the teacher said. "That composition got an F, but it made a million dollars."
As a way of making it up to Wilson, the school's principal went into the records and changed the grade to an 'A.'
Wilson shared the good news via his social media accounts, adding that the visit was "a trip down memory lane," and using the hastag #betruetoyourschool.
So apparently there's no hard feelings.
Wilson turned in the failing assignment in 1959.
In 1961, The Beach Boys released "Surfin'," and it became a hit within a month, climbing into the Top 100.
And even after all these years, Wilson insists he has no plans to retire from touring, which he says is one of his favorite things to do.
Wilson has concerts on the books starting this spring, beginning with a May 7 appearance at the Kennedy Center in which he'll celebrate The Beach Boys' seminal Pet Sounds album with the Symphony Orchestra and an array of special guests.
Get all the tour dates at Wilson's official website here.
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Brian’s high school music teacher Fred Morgan: “Brian wrote a composition for me and it turned out to be ‘Surfin.’ That composition got an F, but it made a million dollars.” Brian’s failing grade has now been changed to an A on this assignment by Dr. Landesfeind! @hawthorne_high #surfin #highschool #hawthorne #beachboys