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1. U.S. musician, member of the Beach Boys.
2. British composer.

1) Dennis Carl Wilson (4th December 1944 – 28th December 1983) was a U.S. rock musician best known as a founding member and the drummer of The Beach Boys.

Though he sang few leads early on and was occasionally augmented or replaced by studio drummers, starting in the late 1960s Wilson became a composer and multi-instrumentalist.

In 1977, he released a critically acclaimed solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue.

Wilson is purported to have been the only surfer in the Beach Boys, and suggested that the surfing craze be the topic of some songs. The advice paid off, and to this day “The Beach Boys” moniker is synonymous with sun, surf, and what some have labeled the “California Myth”.

Wilson’s personal excesses and relationships are legendary in musical circles. This includes his odd association with Charles Manson; even co-writing a song with the would be musician turned cult leader. He appeared with James Taylor in the 1971 road film Two-lane Blacktop.

Wilsonwas generally considered the ladies man of the group, and his solo rendition of Joe Cocker’s hit “You Are So Beautiful” (written by Wilson and Billy Preston) was a staple at many Beach Boys concerts, eliciting female audience member screams.

Off stage, his relationships included his co-band member and cousin Mike Love’s daughter (with the predictable friction), whom he was married to at the time of his death.


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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

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • FridaLouise

    Pretty Denny:

    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 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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