In 1972, after seven years as a Beach Boy, Bruce left the group to pursue other things. It was a mutual decision between him and all the Boys; Bruce wanted to try spending more time producing and writing, and the time seemed right.
Throughout the ‘70s, Bruce pursued many projects. He teamed up again with his former musical partner Terry Melcher to produce albums; he delved into songwriting, most famously penning the classic hit “I Write the Songs.” He recorded his third and final solo album, “Going Public,” which we absolutely ADORE...but more on that later.
Even despite all these personal projects, Bruce and The Beach Boys were never found too far from each other. Bruce sang backup vocals and played piano on “Holland,” “15 Big Ones,” and Dennis’s solo album “Pacific Ocean Blue,” and the Boys gave him special thanks in the album liner notes. He teamed up with Carl to sing backup for such artists as Cass Elliot and Elton John, and often made special guest appearances at Beach Boys concerts. He was a friend they could always count on.
This photo of Bruce in 1972 is from the book “Dreamer.” We’re in love with those long surfer curls!