Brian Wilson

Born 20 June 1942.
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Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, actor, and producer best known for being the chief songwriter, co-lead vocalist, bassist, producer, arranger, co-founder, and leader of The Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in mid-1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group. Due to his unorthodox approaches to song composition and arrangement, and mastery of recording techniques, he is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in popular music by critics and musicians alike.

In the mid-1960s, Wilson composed, wrote and produced Pet Sounds, considered one of the greatest albums of all time. The intended follow-up to Pet Sounds, Smile, was cancelled for various reasons, which included Wilson's deteriorating mental health. As he suffered through multiple nervous breakdowns, Wilson's contributions to the Beach Boys diminished and his erratic behavior led to tensions with the band. After years of treatment and recuperation, he began performing and recording consistently as a solo artist, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winning Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile and The Smile Sessions. On the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary, Wilson briefly returned to record and perform with the group. He remains a member of the Beach Boys corporation, Brother Records Incorporated.

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  1. Review of Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

    Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin 2010

    Reviewed by Adrian Edwards
    A winning collection of songs and arrangements done with great style.
  2. Review of That Lucky Old Sun

    That Lucky Old Sun 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    To still have a Wilson in any kind of operating form is probably good enough for now.
  3. Review of Smile

    Smile 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...anyone fearing that finally finishing 'Smile' would diminish its status can now...
  4. Review of Gettin' In Over My Head

    Gettin' In Over My Head 2004

    Reviewed by Cormac Heron
    Wilson's voice itself is fine, fine, fine. Youthful, sure and wholesomely optimistic,...
  5. Review of Presents Pet Sounds Live In London (DVD)

    Presents Pet Sounds Live In London (DVD) 2003

    Reviewed by Adam Webb
    Grown men turned back to boys again and Brian Wilson's genius was reconfirmed in...
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