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Dennis Wilson

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There are multiple artists named Dennis Wilson:

1) American singer-songwriter; founding member of The Beach Boys.
2) British composer.

1) Dennis Carl Wilson (December 4, 1944 - December 28, 1983) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as one of the founding members of The Beach Boys alongside his brothers Brian and Carl. The group’s drummer and occasional lead singer for much of his life, easily recognized by his bluesy and raspy voice, he later grew to become a gifted songwriter. His only solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue (1977), is regarded as perhaps the finest Beach Boys solo recording.

Born in Hawthorne, California to Murry and Audree Wilson, Dennis Wilson was the Wilsons’ middle child, and a self-affirmed “black sheep.” A rebel from a young age, he was constantly at odds with his domineering father Murry, and would, as a consequence, be the one to suffer most from his abusive parenting techniques. As a teenager, Dennis became enamored with the burgeoning surfing scene; when the group that would become The Beach Boys was first formed, it was at Dennis’ suggestion that they decided to capitalize on what would in short time become a national phenomenon. Thus, the idyllic notion of sun, surf, and sand that has become emblematic of the state of California, can, by and large, be attributed solely to Dennis’ foresight.

As The Beach Boys grew in popularity, Dennis quickly became the sex symbol heartthrob of the group. Ironically, at the time Dennis had little faith in his own ability as a performer, and thus his early lead vocal performances (among them “Little Girl (You’re My Miss America)” and “Hawaii”) are noticeably shy and restrained compared to his later efforts.

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  • liquidnature

    the man was a legend.

    13 Jun 7:33am Reply
  • tresfoufou

    Dennis Wilson had one of the greatest beards of all time.

    2 Jun 10:57pm Reply
  • NeilTheRockGuru

    pacific ocean blue is the best solo work among post beach boys efforts from his brothers and cousins including brian's smile. Absolute cult classic and if u think about what a miserable life he had after beach boys, his work should gain more recognition. IMO he had the potential to produce better works than Brian if he had lived till this day

    10 Mar 2:25pm Reply
  • in90sec

    On December 28, 1983, shortly after his 39th birthday, Wilson drowned at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, after drinking all day and diving in the afternoon to recover items he had thrown overboard at the marina from his yacht three years prior. Dennis Wilson's body was buried at sea off the California coast (coordinates 33° 53.9 N, 118° 38.8 W) by the U.S. Coast Guard on January 4, 1984. His song "Farewell My Friend" was played at the funeral

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kostka_mcneal

    Farewell My Friend

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    30th 'anniversary' of his passing today.. hope you RIP, denny

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • billionsofstars

    happy birthday denny, miss you

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • osmark

    Pacific Ocean Blue is such a great heartfelt album..

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ruanpedreiro

    o que tem de pop em dennis wilson

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • iagomelo2

    Nem sabia que tinha carreira solo, bom demais.

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • FallOutGerard

    not only a great guy & musician, what an awesome beard he had

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Jamekae

    http://www.last.fm/music/Dennis+Wilson/+images/87730403

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • FridaLouise

    Pretty Denny: http://www.last.fm/music/Dennis+Wilson/+images/86899827

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    BAMBU (not Bamboo) was never released, so technically speaking there's no album that could be scrobbled as BAMBU. Who knows if all the tracks on the 2nd disc of the set would have ended up on BAMBU? I'm scrobbling the 2nd disc as "Pacific Ocean Blue & Bambu - 2 CD Deluxe Legacy Edition" (as suggested by last.fm). 1st disc I'm scrobbling as "Pacific Ocean Blue", of course (since that LP really exists).

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    Wish he still had of pursued some solo work in the 5-7 years leading up until his depth, seems he lost some heart for it and was also distracted by other things. POB is a masterpiece and I say that with absolutely 0 trepidation about the gravity of the aforementioned statement!

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    I tagged it Bamboo because that's what it is.

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Tenozuma

    Does anyone know the correct album tag for the second disk of the 30th anniversary edition of Pacific Blue Ocean? Can I just call it Bambu?

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • nicoinfurs

    Shivers every time I put River Song on.

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    why did you have to die dennis...ugh

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    if you don't care about the beach boys you are a grade-a fool.

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
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