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Dennis Wilson

Musician + Member of the Beach Boys
Male
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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CHILDHOOD

1944 Birth Born on December 4, 1944.

TEENAGE

1963 18 Years Old 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

TWENTIES

1968 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Dennis was driving through Malibu when he noticed two female hitchhikers, Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey. … Read More
1970 - 1971 2 More Events
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

THIRTIES

1976 31 Years Old …  Dennis was also married twice to actress Karen Lamm, the ex-wife of Chicago keyboardist Robert Lamm, in 1976 and again in 1978. … Read More
By 1977, Dennis had amassed a stockpile of songs he had written and recorded while factions within the Beach Boys became too stressful for him. … Read More
He was proved 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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