1969
  February   20/20, final album required by the Capitol contract, is released and will chart at a reasonable
  (given recent efforts) #68.
  March   extracted single "I Can Hear Music/All I Want To Do" is released and registers at a surprising
  #24 in the charts. Carl & Annie's first child, Jonah, born on the 22nd. The Honeys return to
  Capitol for their final single produced by Brian, "Tonight You Belong To Me/Goodnight My
  Love".
  April   The Beach Boys sue Capitol on the 12th for $2,000,000, reviving the underpayment of
  royalties claim and ending their seven years with the company: as part of the settlement, the
  band retain ownership of all the post-Party albums. Due to their recent commercial failures and
  Brian's growing reputation for unreliability in the record industry, no other company seems
  interested. On the 18th, the band play the Hawthorne High Senior Prom.
  summer   with cousin Steve Korthof and friend Arnie Geller, Brian opens The Radiant Radish health
  food shore, at 8700 West Melrose Avenue (at San Vicente Boulevard) in West Hollywood.
  The Beach Boys are the first western rock band to tour Czechoslovakia after the Russian
  invasion of the previous year, and are ecstatically received. Steve Love becomes the band's
  road manager when Dick Duryea abruptly leaves the European tour.
  June   Stand-alone 45 "Break Away/Celebrate The News" is released and sets a new Capitol low,
  charting at #63 (elsewhere in the world it is a huge hit). The Beach Boys contract with Capitol
  officially expires on the 30th. While on tour in the UK, Carl 'discovers' The Flame, a coloured
  South African group, at a club in London, and later signs them to a reactivated Brother
  Records. The band members are Blondie Chaplin (born July 7th 1951) and the Fataar
  brothers, Steve (born March 14th 1943), Edries 'Brother' (born 6th July 1945, died September
  10th 1978) and Ricky (born September 5th 1952).
  August   Manson's followers murder five people at Terry Melcher's old house at 10050 Cielo Drive,
  among them actress Sharon Tate, on the 9th. The next evening they murder Leno & Rosemary
  LaBianca. When Dennis later refuses Manson's requests for aid, his life and that of son Scott
  are threatened.
  October   Brian & Marilyn's second child, Wendy, is born on the 16th.
  November   the Manson 'family' are arrested on the 19th. Manson is later jailed for life: Dennis doesn't
  testify at the trial. Murry sells Sea Of Tunes, and the copyrights to all of Brian's songs, to Irving
  Almo, the publishing division of A&M Records, for $700,000. Brian is devastated.
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