Dennis Wilson
American musician, member of the Beach Boys
Dennis Wilson
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.
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Surf's up with Brian Wilson and Dick Dale this weekend - Ventura County Star
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Though Dale surfed, none of the original Beach Boys quintet did, save for Dennis Wilson. Admitted Brian: "I never tried it. I was too scared." But it was impossible not to get caught up in, be affected by or ignore the scene
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Video: Dolorean, "Black Hills Gold" - Willamette Week
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I'm not sure I have much to add to the conversation posted over at IFC (I guess this video is sorta an homage to Dennis Wilson? See, I never woulda got that), where this video premiered today, but I'm a huge Dolorean fan and anything the band comes up
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Exclusive premiere: Dolorean "Black Hills Gold" - IFC
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Dolorean's elegy to Dennis Wilson takes dark memories and holds them up to the light. Dolorean's fourth record, "The Unfazed," brings them to to the kind of rainy, but resolute mood that singer/songwriter Al James seems most comfortable in
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William Wilson - Sioux City Journal
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His children are Dennis Wilson, Maple Falls, Wash., Sherol Stephens and Bill of Sioux City, Paul Wilson and Susan, Battle Ground, Wash., and Tim Wilson and Rettie, Salt Lake City, Utah. He has seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren
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Beach Boy Brian Wilson in concert in Napa - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
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The Beach Boys included Brian's brothers Carl and Dennis Wilson, both now deceased, and their cousin Mike Love, who now holds the rights to the name Beach Boys. But Brian was the creative force behind most of the band's hits: “Surfin' Safari,” “Help Me
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Beach Boys guitarist David Marks reflects on childhood with the Wilsons and ... - Creative Loafing Atlanta
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I also do a couple of Dennis Wilson's later originals because I can relate to the feelings he had when he was writing and recording them. You were 13 years old when you joined the Beach Boys in time for the group to sign its first contract with Capitol
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Watch Trailer for Documentary 'PUSH: Madison versus Madison' - Indie Wire (blog)
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The film documentary centers around the team's coach, Dennis Wilson, who serves as the main source of encouragement and inspiration for the team. The documentary has been well received at several festivals this year. It will screen this month at the
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From Pages Past 07/12/11 - Bloomington Pantagraph
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Dennis Wilson, also of Lexington, was the fastest qualifier. 50 years ago (1961): Ed Weaver, wielding his putter like he had invented the club, fired a 61 at Lakeside Country Club to break his own course record by two strokes
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5-Year-Old Central Texas Drowning Victim Identified - KWTX
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Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson said the boy was swimming with his father and other family members in a shallow area of water at Park 2 when he went under at around 2 pm Sunday. Not long after, his family noticed he was missing and found him in
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Waterbury man gets 7 years for New York robbery - Waterbury Republican American
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Late last week, a federal judge in White Plains sentenced 39-year-old Dennis Wilson to serve 87 months in prison, according to federal documents. Authorities say Wilson pleaded guilty to robbing the Putnam County Savings Bank in Brewster, NY,
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The Oakk Room - Buffalo Rising
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Now this Main Street restaurant location is home to The Oakk Room, a barbecue joint that is owned by Dennis Wilson (photo left) and Curtis McCutcheon. While running a restaurant successfully is a full time job in itself, the main ingredient for
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If everybody had an ocean, across Canada - Maple Ridge News
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As the lead singer of the tribute band California Beach Boys, he's equipped with a ready formula – the tunes written by the legends of surf music: Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, David Marks, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston,
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Conn. man sentenced for NY bank robbery - Wall Street Journal
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Dennis Wilson, of Waterbury, Conn., previously pleaded guilty to robbing the Putnam County Savings Bank on Sept. 9, 2009. Wilson admitted that he displayed a BB gun while robbing the Brewster, NY, bank of about $26000. US Attorney Preet Bharara
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The next great biopics - Independent Online
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No, the talk these days is about Queen and Sam Cooke, 2Pac and Teddy Pendergrass, Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli's days in the Four Seasons and Brian Epstein's career managing the Beatles. A key factor – and this is a shift in the
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Brian Wilson Brings Surf, Sun and Gershwin to Winnipeg - Examiner.com
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I had the good fortune to see him perform with the original Beach Boys lineup (less drummer Dennis Wilson who passed away in 1983) at the Winnipeg Arena in the mid-80s and was knocked out from the opening bars of “California Girls” to the end of the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dennis Wilson
    THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 38
    On December 28, 1983, 24 days after his 39th birthday, Dennis drowned at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, after drinking all day and then diving in the afternoon, to recover items he had thrown overboard at the marina from his yacht three years prior.
    More Details Hide Details On January 4, 1984, the U.S. Coast Guard buried Dennis' body at sea, off the California coast. The Beach Boys shortly released a statement stating: "We know Dennis would have wanted to continue in the tradition of the Beach Boys. His spirit will remain in our music." His song "Farewell My Friend" was played at the funeral. Dennis' widow, Shawn Love, reported that Dennis desired a burial at sea, while brothers Carl and Brian did not wish for Dennis to be cremated. As non-veterans of the Coast Guard and Navy are not allowed to be buried at sea unless cremated, Dennis' burial was made possible by the intervention of President Reagan. In 2002, Brian expressed unhappiness with the arrangement, believing that Dennis should have been given a traditional burial. PopMatters writer Tony Sclafani summarized in 2007:
    For a month prior to his death, Dennis had been homeless and living a nomadic life. In November 1983, he checked into a therapy center in Arizona for two days, and then on December 23, checked into St. John's Medical Hospital in Santa Monica, where he stayed until the evening of December 25.
    More Details Hide Details Following a violent altercation at the Santa Monica Bay Inn, Dennis checked into a different hospital in order to treat his wounds. Several hours later, he discharged himself and reportedly resumed drinking immediately.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Dennis was then told that he would be allowed to rejoin the Beach Boys only if he admitted himself to a detoxification program.
  • 1977
    Age 32
    Following a confrontation on an airport tarmac, Dennis declared to Rolling Stone on September 3, 1977, that he had left the Beach Boys: "They kept telling me I had my solo album now, like I should go off in a corner and leave the Beach Boys to them.
    More Details Hide Details The album really bothers them. They don't like to admit it's doing so well; they never even acknowledge it in interviews." Two weeks later, disputes were resolved and Dennis rejoined the group. At some time, Brian's then-girlfriend and nurse Carolyn Williams accused Dennis of enticing Brian to purchase about $15,000 worth of cocaine. When Brian's bodyguard Rocky Pamplin and the Wilsons' cousin Stan Love learned of this incident, they physically assaulted Dennis at his home; they were fined about $10,000, and Dennis filed a restraining order. As the Beach Boys pressured Brian to readmit himself into Eugene Landy's Twenty-Four Hour Therapy program, Dennis was informed by friends that he would be the band's next target, to which Dennis replied, "No, they're not going to do anything."
    He did occasionally perform his solo material on the 1977 Beach Boys tour.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Dennis claiming the album had "no substance", Pacific Ocean Blue received positive reviews, later developing status as a cult item. The album remained largely out of print between the 1990s and 2000s. In June 2008, the album was reissued on CD as an expanded edition. It was voted the 2008 "Reissue of the Year" in both Rolling Stone and Mojo magazines, and made No. 16 on the British LP charts and No. 8 on both the Billboard Catalog chart and the Billboard Internet Sales chart. Pacific Ocean Blue's follow-up, Bambu, began production in the year 1978 at Brother Studios in Santa Monica with the collaboration of then Beach Boys keyboardist and Dennis's close friend Carli Muñoz as songwriter and producer. The first four songs that were officially recorded for Bambu were Muñoz's compositions: "It's Not Too Late", "Constant Companion", "All Alone", and "Under the Moonlight". The project was initially scuttled by lack of financing and the distractions of simultaneous Beach Boys projects. Bambu was officially released in 2008 along with the Pacific Ocean Blue reissue.
    Dennis released his debut solo album Pacific Ocean Blue in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details The album sold poorly, peaking at No. 96 on the US Billboard album chart. Dates were booked for a Dennis Wilson solo tour but these were ultimately cancelled when his record company withdrew concert support in light of poor sales of the album and a perception that he was becoming increasingly unreliable.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He expressed: "If these people want to take this beautiful, happy, spiritual music we've made and all the things we stand for and throw it out the window just because of money, then there's something wrong with the whole thing and I don't want any part of it." He then approached James William Guercio, owner of Caribou Records, who stipulated a "a structured recording process" before signing Dennis to a two-album contract. Finish the vision. Trish Roach assistant will do the paperwork and Gregg's the co-ordinator. It's your project... You've got to do what Brian used to do. Use anybody you want - it's your decision and you're responsible."
  • 1976
    Age 31
    Dennis was also married twice to actress Karen Lamm, the ex-wife of Chicago keyboardist Robert Lamm, in 1976 and again in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Dennis also had a relationship with Christine McVie of the band Fleetwood Mac.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    In 1974, concurrent with the success of the '60s hits compilation Endless Summer, Dennis returned to his role behind the drums.
    More Details Hide Details According to Dennis's biographer, Jon Stebbins, it was this year that he co-wrote the lyrics and modified part of the melody of "You Are So Beautiful" at a party with Billy Preston.
  • 1973
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During the three-year recording hiatus following Holland, Dennis's voice deteriorated markedly. By then his onstage antics (including streaking) occasionally disrupted the Beach Boys' live shows.
  • 1971
    Age 26
    In 1971, Dennis injured his hand badly enough to prevent him from playing drums for some time.
    More Details Hide Details Ricky Fataar took over as the group's drummer between 1972 and 1974. During this period Dennis acted as a co-frontman alongside Mike Love, as well as playing keyboards and singing.
  • 1970
    Age 25
    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."
    More Details Hide Details The single featured "Sound of Free", on his usual theme of freedom, on the A-side with the romantic "Lady" (also known as "Fallin' In Love") on the B-side. The song was later covered by American Spring and released as the B-side to their single "Shyin' Away". Dennis starred alongside James Taylor and Warren Oates in the critically acclaimed film Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) as "The Mechanic". The film depicts "The Driver" (Taylor) and "The Mechanic" driving aimlessly across the United States in their 1955 Chevy, surviving on money earned from street racing.
  • 1968
    Age 23
    In late 1968, Dennis reported to journalists,
    More Details Hide Details Initially impressed by Manson's songwriting talent, Dennis introduced him to a few friends in the music business, including the Byrds' producer Terry Melcher, whose home at 10050 Cielo Drive would later be rented by director Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate. Two years later, Manson family members would later murder Tate and several others at this home. Some of Manson's songs would be recorded at Brian's home studio. These sessions for Manson were produced by Brian and Carl, not Dennis. Dennis recorded a Manson song for the Beach Boys, originally titled "Cease to Exist" but reworked as "Never Learn Not to Love" (1968), a single B-side. It was credited solely to Dennis. Angered by this, Manson threatened murder. According to Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks: "One day, Charles Manson brought a bullet out and showed it to Dennis, who asked, 'What's this?' And Manson replied, 'It's a bullet. Every time you look at it, I want you to think how nice it is your kids are still safe.' Well, Dennis grabbed Manson by the head and threw him to the ground and began pummeling him until Charlie said, 'Ouch!' He beat the living shit out of him. 'How dare you!' was Dennis' reaction. Charlie Manson was weeping openly in front of a lot of hip people. I heard about it, but I wasn't there.
    In 1968, Dennis was driving through Malibu when he noticed two female hitchhikers, Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey.
    More Details Hide Details He picked them up and dropped them off at their destination. Later on, Dennis noticed the same two girls hitchhiking again. This time he took them to his home at 14400 Sunset Boulevard. Dennis then went to a recording session. When he returned later that night, he was met in his driveway by a stranger, Charles Manson. When Wilson walked into his home, about a dozen people were occupying the premises, most of them female. Dennis became fascinated by Manson and his followers; the Manson Family lived with Dennis for a period of time afterwards at his expense, costing Dennis up to $100,000 in money, cars, clothes, food and penicillin shots for the Family's persistent gonorrhoea.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a duo writing, producing, and performing, and calling themselves the Four-Speeds, they released the single "RPM" backed with "My Stingray." Both sides got top four-star ratings in Billboard reviews, in mid-March 1963, and were popular enough locally and in spots cross-country to earn Dennis a Chevy Corvair sports car, which he totaled in a drunk-driving crash.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on December 4, 1944.
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