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Dennis Wilson

Musician + Member of the Beach Boys
Born Dec 4, 1944

Dennis Carl Wilson was an American rock and roll musician best known as a founding member and the drummer of The Beach Boys. He was a member of the group from its formation until his death in 1983. Dennis was the middle brother of fellow Beach Boys members Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson, and cousin of Mike Love. His prominence in the group as a writer and lead vocalist increased as their careers went on into the late 1960s and 1970s.… Read More

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1944 Birth Born on December 4, 1944.


1963 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Early in 1963 Dennis teamed with Brian's former collaborator Gary Usher, a neighbor in Hawthorne who became a prolific creative figure in surf music recording and, later, folk. … Read More


In 1968, Dennis was driving through Malibu when he noticed two female hitchhikers, Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey. … Read More
1970 25 Years Old On December 4, 1970, Dennis released his first piece of solo material, a little-known single released only in Europe and the UK under the name "Dennis Wilson & Rumbo." … Read More
1971 26 Years Old In 1971, Dennis injured his hand badly enough to prevent him from playing drums for some time. … Read More
1973 28 Years Old The 1973 live album The Beach Boys in Concert features only Dennis onstage among thousands of fans on the album cover; however, none of his songs were included in the lineup. … Read More
1974 29 Years Old In 1974, concurrent with the success of the '60s hits compilation Endless Summer, Dennis returned to his role behind the drums. … Read More


1976 31 Years Old …  Dennis was also married twice to Karen Lamm, the ex-wife of Chicago keyboardist Robert Lamm, in 1976 and again in 1978. … Read More
1977 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Dennis released his debut solo album Pacific Ocean Blue in 1977. … Read More
1980 35 Years Old …  Dennis and Brian also recorded together apart from the Beach Boys in 1980 and 1981. … Read More
…  He was proven wrong, and by 1983, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Carl Wilson, and manager Tom Hulett had banned Dennis from performing with the group. … Read More
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