Carl Wilson

Record Producer
Born Dec 21, 1946
Hometown Hawthorne, Califo...
Died Feb 6, 1998
Death Place Los Angeles, Cali...
Height 5' 10" (178 cm)
Nationality American
Eye Color Blue

Carl Dean Wilson was an American rock and roll singer, guitarist and composer, best known as a founding member, lead guitarist and occasional lead vocalist of The Beach Boys. Wilson performed lead vocals on a number of notable songs by The Beach Boys, including "Good Vibrations" and "God Only Knows". Carl Wilson was the youngest brother of fellow Beach Boys Dennis and Brian Wilson and cousin of Beach Boy Mike Love.… Read More

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


1946 Birth Born on December 21, 1946.


1964 17 Years Old By the end of 1964, he was diversifying, favoring the 12-string Rickenbacker that was also notably used by Roger McGuinn in establishing the sound of the Byrds and by George Harrison of The Beatles during this era. … Read More
1965 18 Years Old His playing can be heard on tracks like 1965's "Girl Don't Tell Me" and 1966's "That's Not Me". … Read More
1966 19 Years Old Following his lead vocal performance on "God Only Knows" in 1966, Carl was increasingly lead vocalist for the band, a role previously dominated by Mike Love and Brian. … Read More


1969 22 Years Old In 1969, the Beach Boys' rendition of "I Can Hear Music" was the first track produced solely by Carl Wilson. … Read More
1971 24 Years Old Though Carl had written surf instrumentals for the band in the early days, he did not get into his stride as a songwriter until the 1971 album Surf's Up, for which he composed "Long Promised Road" and "Feel Flows", with lyrics by the band's then manager Jack Rieley. … Read More


1980 33 Years Old Carl's main writing partner in the late 1970s was Geoffrey Cushing-Murray, but for 1980's Keepin' the Summer Alive he wrote with Randy Bachman of the band Bachman-Turner Overdrive. … Read More
1981 34 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Thereafter, he joined the Doobie Brothers as opening act for their 1981 summer tour. … Read More
1985 38 Years Old The Beach Boys' 1985 eponymous album prominently featured Wilson's lead vocals and songwriting, highlighted by his "It's Gettin' Late" (another top 20 Adult Contemporary hit) and the "Heaven"-like "Where I Belong".


1988 41 Years Old In 1988, the Beach Boys scored their biggest chart success in more than 20 years with the US Number 1 song "Kokomo", co-written by Mike Love, on which Carl sang lead in the chorus. … Read More
1992 45 Years Old In 1992, Carl told Michael Feeney Callan his hope was to record new material by Brian. "Speaking for myself", he told Callan, "I only want to record inspired music". … Read More


1997 50 Years Old 1 More Event
A cigarette smoker since the age of 13, Carl was diagnosed with lung cancer after becoming ill at his vacation home in Hawaii, in early 1997. … Read More
1998 51 Years Old Carl died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family, on February 6, 1998, just two months after the death of his mother, Audree Wilson. … Read More
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