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Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson
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Brian Wilson Biography

Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942, in Hawthorne, California) is an American pop musician, best known as a founding member of and the main producer, composer, and arranger for The Beach Boys. Although changing trends in music sometimes rendered Wilson's earlier work unfashionable, his reputation has since been restored and he is now widely acknowledged as one of the most significant and innovative popular music composers of the 20th century. He is widely considered by many to be a musical and artistic genius who was ahead of his time in many respects. Read Full Bio >>

Brian Wilson Trivia

  • Cousin of Mike Love
  • Father of Carnie Wilson
  • Father of Wendy Wilson
  • Inducted by Elton John into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Beach Boys) 20 January 1988.
  • Father of singers Carnie and Wendy Wilson
  • His songs 'California Girls' and 'Good Vibrations' have been played more than three million times, 'I Get Around', 'Help me, Rhonda' and 'Wouldn't it be Nice' more than two million times, on radio. [1998]
  • Brother of Carl Wilson
  • Brother of Dennis Wilson
  • Subject of the hit song "Brian Wilson" by the Barenaked Ladies
  • Became a virtual recluse after the "Smile" project was abandoned, which by all accounts would have been on a par with The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
  • Was a board member for the Monterey Pop Festival.
  • Confessed years later that one entire album side (from 1965's 'The Beach Boys Today') had been written and arranged under marijuana's influences.
  • Almost completely deaf in his right ear, from an early accident. While he has never heard stereo music, his ear for balance between sounds is unusually strong; he preferred to mix in mono because he noticed stereo was off-balance unless one was directly between the speakers. (Later productions of his are in stereo, or binaural sound.)
  • Founded Sea of Tunes as the Beach Boys' publishing company with father Murry Wilson; eventually lost all his 1960s song copyrights when Murry sold the company at the band's late-1960s low point. It was later proven he had been tricked and hounded into signing over control to Murry, and documentation for the company was faulty or nonexistent - and Sea of Tunes buyers Irving Music had profited directly from this. While he couldn't regain ownership of his early songs, he was ultimately awarded $25 million by a California court, for his loss. (Cousin and co-writer Mike Love, in turn, filed for a share of this from Brian, for songs - including "California Girls" - Murry had never credited him with, and was awarded $12 million.)
  • Recently revisited his long-shelved "Smile" album (co-written with Van Dyke Parks), finally completing the project, with plans to both release the album and perform it live on tour, with current backup band The Wondermints. (March 2004)
  • The Beach Boys were voted the 12th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.
  • With the death of brother Carl Wilson in 1998, he became the last surviving original member of the Wilson family.
  • Years of smoking six packs of cigarettes a day damaged his voice; even though he no longer smokes, he sings without the range and smoothness of his early days. When he performs Beach Boys songs during shows, another vocalist often takes Wilson's former parts, while Wilson takes the parts recorded by Mike Love. He has referred to having a chest x-ray after he quit smoking as the bravest thing he ever did.
  • Inducted by Sir Paul McCartney into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame June 2000
  • Names "California Girls" his favorite song out of all the songs he has written.

Brian Wilson Photos

  • Brian Wilson, Melinda Wilson

    55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

  • Brian Wilson

    2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

  • Brian Wilson

    2012 NAMM Show - Day 1

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    2011 MLB - San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (8-5) - September 21, 2011

  • Brian Wilson

    Glenfiddich Mojo Honours List 2011 - Arrivals

  • Brian Wilson

    19th Annual ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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