For many Toyota drivers, there are few things better than driving down the highway to your favorite tunes. At San Francisco Toyota, we’re lucky to share a state with some of the most popular American bands in history. Here are a few of our favorites.
We have to start with the Beach Boys. Their recently-released album moved them past the Beatles on the Billboard Top 200 list. While they need more than a few years to match Frank Sinatra for longevity on this chart, it is still quite a record. Bruce Springsteen once recalled in an interview with Rolling Stone that he hung around to listen to the Beach Boys to understand why they were the headliner instead of him. He realized that from the first word to the last, the audience was singing with the Beach Boys, and so was he!
Next we go to the Eagles. “Hotel California” will be played well after we all are gone, and the album of the same name is ranked among the Top 20 best-selling albums in the U.S. You have to bow to five Number 1 singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and six Number 1 albums. Calling them successful might be an understatement. All legendary musicians, Don Henley, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit recently received Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees at Berklee College of Music 2012 Commencement.
Black Eyed Peas began their hip-hop magic in Los Angeles and have enjoyed over a decade of solid popularity. In an era where music groups might be considered a success for having one or two hit albums, the innovative group has amassed 6 Grammy Awards and has sold nearly 30 million records to become one of the most successful contemporary music groups. Constantly inventive, they moved from a West Coast Underground rap band to international superstars heard around the globe. They created an entirely new sound in “The E.N.D.” with a blend of hip-hop, electro, and techno rhythms.
Also hailing from Los Angeles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers mix funk with all kinds of rock music. They’ve been on the music scene since 1983 and have moved from macho high-energy rock to a more mellow sound. They also keep their clothes on now, as opposed to their naked pose on the cover of a 1992 Rolling Stone magazine.
A native of California, Herb Alpert has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a trumpeter and the bandleader of the renowned Tijuana Brass. Worldwide they sold over 70 million albums and won seven Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year for their “A Taste of Honey album. The early Tijuana Brass hit “Whipped Cream” was also honored by being included in the Grammy Awards Archive Collection.