Introduction and Early Life:
Brian Wilson is an American singer-songwriter who co-founded The Beach Boys along with Alan Jardine, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, and Carl Wilson. As the leader and one of the major songwriters of the group, he is widely regarded as one of the progenitors of the ’60s surf music craze. Wilson is noted for his unmatched musicianship, unique arrangement skills and mastery of recording techniques.
Born on June 20, 1942 in Inglewood, California, he showed an early interest in music. Wilson studied psychology at El Camino College in Los Angeles.
Career and Musical Achievements:
The Beach Boys started as a local rock band in 1961. The group attracted worldwide recognition two years later in 1963, with their debut album Surfin’ U.S.A. Often considered as one of the most important creative forces in the history of popular music, Wilson wrote a huge chunk of the group’s music catalog, including “Good Vibrations”, “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, “California Girls”, “Barbara Ann” and “I Get Around”.
The Beach Boys reached their peak of popularity from 1963 to 1966, after which Brian Wilson decided to cease touring with the group. As a result, members of the group started pursuing their own musical ambitions. The Beach Boys, however, came back together in 1981 for a twentieth anniversary concert. Wilson started touring with the group again in 1983, as the Beach Boys performed at the inaugural ball of President Ronald Reagan.
After a few years, Wilson embarked on a solo career and released his eponymous debut solo album, Brian Wilson, in July 1988.
Awards and Accolades:
Brian Wilson was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame with The Beach Boys in 1988. In 2000, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Wilson won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” in 2005.
Brian Wilson has been married twice. He was married to the Honeys singer Marilyn Rovell from late 1964 to 1979. He married former model Melinda Ledbetter in 1995.