Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Songwriter + Bassist + Pianist + Vocalist + Producer + Composer + Arranger

Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, best known as the leader and chief songwriter of the group The Beach Boys. On stage, Wilson provided many of the lead vocals, and often harmonized with the group in falsetto. Early during his on-stage career, Wilson primarily played bass on stage, but gradually transitioned to primarily playing piano/keyboards. Besides being the primary composer in The Beach Boys, he also functioned as the band's main producer and arranger.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Wilson.


1942 Birth Brian Douglas Wilson was born on June 20, 1942, at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, California, the son of Audree Neva (née Korthof) and Murry Wilson. … Read More


1960 18 Years Old Wilson enrolled at El Camino College in Los Angeles, majoring in psychology, in September 1960. … Read More
At some point in 1961 he wrote his first all-original melody, loosely based on a Dion and the Belmonts version of "When You Wish Upon a Star". … Read More


1962 - 1964 4 More Events
It was during that December that Wilson was introduced to cannabis hesitantly by his friend Lorren Daro (formerly Loren Schwartz), an assistant at the William Morris Agency. Attracted by the drug's ability to alleviate stress and inspire creativity, Wilson completed the Beach Boys' forthcoming Today! album by late January 1965 and quickly began work on their next, Summer Days. … Read More
1966 - 1968 6 More Events
1969 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Although Murry Wilson's sale of the Sea of Tunes publishing company (including the majority of Wilson's oeuvre) to A&M Records' publishing division for $700,000 at the band's commercial nadir in 1969 renewed the longstanding animus between father and son, the younger Wilson stood in for Mike Love during a 1970 Northwest tour when Love was convalescing from illness. … Read More
The store closed in 1971 due to unprofitable produce expenditures and Wilson's general lack of business acumen. … Read More


1972 30 Years Old According to Dan Peek of America, Wilson "held court like a Mad King as friend Danny Hutton scurried about like his court jester" during the ascendant band's engagement at the Whisky a Go Go in February 1972 Concurrently, he contributed to three out of eight songs on Beach Boys' Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" (1972).
1973 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, Jan Berry (under the alias JAN) released the single "Don't You Just Know It", a duet featuring Wilson. … Read More
1974 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Jimmy Webb reported Wilson's presence at an August 2, 1974 session for Nilsson's "Salmon Falls"; he kept in the back of the studio playing "Da Doo Ron Ron" haphazardly on a B3 organ. … Read More
1975 33 Years Old Though still under contract to Warner Brothers, Wilson signed a sideline production deal with Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher's Equinox Records in early 1975. … Read More
1976 34 Years Old Brian was under Landy's care for fourteen months until December 1976, when the therapist was dismissed for a dispute on his monthly fee. … Read More


1982 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Brian overdosed on a combination of alcohol, cocaine, and other psychoactive drugs. Landy was once more employed, and a more radical program was undertaken to try to restore Brian to health. This involved removing him from the Beach Boys on November 5, 1982 at the behest of Carl Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine, in addition to isolating him from his family and friends in Hawaii, and putting him on a rigorous diet and health regimen.
1985 43 Years Old Coupled with long, extreme counseling sessions, this therapy was successful in bringing Brian back to physical health, slimming down from to. As Brian's recovery consolidated, he rejoined the Beach Boys for Live Aid in 1985 and participated in the recording of the Steve Levine-produced album The Beach Boys. … Read More
1988 46 Years Old His honors include being inducted into the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winning Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile (2004) and The Smile Sessions (2011). … Read More
1989 47 Years Old …  In order to dispel these claims, Landy separated from Wilson in 1989 to prove that Brian could function independently. … Read More


1992 50 Years Old In 1992, for an unrelated court case, Wilson testified that he had never read the book. … Read More
1995 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Wilson released two albums simultaneously in 1995. … Read More
1996 54 Years Old …  All projects collapsed, and instead, Wilson was involved with the 1996 Beach Boys album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1: a group collaboration, backing country music artists singing lead vocals of Beach Boys' standards.
1998 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1998, he teamed with Chicago-based producer Joe Thomas for the album Imagination. … Read More


His work was finally revealed in concert on February 20, 2004, 37 years after it was conceived, though he later stated that the finished product was substantially different from what was originally envisioned.
At the 47th Grammy Awards in 2005, Wilson won his first Grammy for the track "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" as Best Rock Instrumental.
2006 64 Years Old To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pet Sounds, Wilson embarked on a brief tour in November 2006. … Read More
2008 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Wilson released That Lucky Old Sun in September 2008. The piece originally debuted in a series of September 2007 concerts at London's Royal Festival Hall, and in January 2008 at Sydney's State Theatre while headlining the Sydney Festival. … Read More
2009 - 2010 2 More Events
Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin achieved Number 1 position on the Billboard Jazz Chart, and had sold 53,000 copies by August 2011.
2013 71 Years Old On June 6, 2013, Wilson's website announced that he was recording and self-producing new material with guitarist Jeff Beck, session musician/producer Don Was, as well as fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin. … Read More
In January 2014, Wilson confirmed that he did not write any new material with Beck, that Beck was just a guest musician on songs he wrote and nothing the duo recorded together would appear on his upcoming album.
Almost two years after recording began, Wilson released his eleventh solo album, No Pier Pressure, on April 7, 2015. … Read More
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