‘GOOD VIBRATIONS’: Walton residents remember Beach Boys concert

Published: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 06:29 PM.

"The Hilton wasn't there and Elephant Walk wasn't there. There wasn't much on the beach side," she said.

Drinks were sold for $5 and the crowd sat on towels, Sunday recalls, for a three or four hour wait before the Beach Boys came on. A large sign hung from the big metal stage that read "Sandestin Beach Resort Welcomes the Beach Boys."

Concert-goers told the Sun a helicopter dropped the band off on the beach. And then, the iconic Beach Boys took the stage and began to play.

"It is hard to describe what it was like to be 19, have your own car and go to a concert like this. I had not been to that many. Mike Love was there and Brian Wilson was there. I think they opened with 'Barbara Ann,' or 'Good Vibrations,’ ” she said. "They played all their hits."

The band played for about an hour and a half, she remembers.

"It was a good concert. I had their records but I had never experienced anything like it," she said. "We have things like that all the time now, but back then … I had a great time. On the shuttle back to the Bay side, everyone was singing 'Good Vibrations.' It was awesome. It was the biggest thing this beach girl had been to."

Since that day in August 1982, Sunday has not seen the Beach Boys in concert again, and she was so caught up in the excitement of the moment that day that she didn't take a souvenir home.

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