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Murry Gage Wilson (July 2, 1917 – June 4, 1973) was an American musician and record producer, best remembered as father to Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys. Wilson was also the manager of their band The Beach Boys, and served as their music publisher. He was the husband of Audree Wilson.

Wilson had a blue-collar background; as a young man, he worked at a Goodyear factory (where he lost an eye in an industrial accident), while unsuccessfully writing songs. His biggest success was with a dance song, “Two-Step Side-Step”, which was featured by Lawrence Welk on his radio program. He also wrote songs recorded in the early 1950s by doo-wop group The Hollywood Flames.

He later founded his own machining business, but maintained an active interest in music which he passed along to his sons, encouraging them to learn to sing and play instruments, and becoming their business manager, co-producer, and publisher in the early part of their career as the Beach Boys. On the heels of the band’s early success, Wilson devoted himself to music full-time, producing and managing groups including The Sunrays in addition to the Beach Boys. Murry also released one album of his own, The Many Moods of Murry Wilson, in 1967.

The Wilson brothers had a legendarily complicated relationship with their father. Many stories of alleged abuse have surfaced, including an incident where the elder Wilson hit Brian Wilson in the head with a 2x4, resulting in the permanent loss of hearing in one of his ears.

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