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Brian Wilson (born June 20th 1942) is a Californian musician and former frontman of The Beach Boys.

Net worth: Brian Wilson has a net worth of $75 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2015).

Musical career: Brian Wilson started with him, his brothers Carl and Dennis, Mike Love and Al Jardine, in 1961 thought they were named The Pendletones. They then released debut single 'Surfin'' and impressed Brian's father so much so that he helped them sign to Candix Records, who went on to change their name to the Beach Boys without them knowing.

Their first album, 'Surfin' Safari', was released by Capitol in 1962. Wilson fought to be head of production on the record.

Following records included 'Surfin' U.S.A.' and 'Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)'.

While still in the band, he tried to work with other people separately including Jan and Dean, to much upset from the label.

Meanwhile, The Beach Boys were touring a lot which was an emotionally and mental struggle for Wilson who wanted to concentrate on songwriting. He was briefly replaced by Glen Campbell and then Bruce Johnston.

1966 saw the band release the critically acclaimed 'Pet Sounds', which the rest of the band were initially averse to.

Wilson's next project for the Beach Boys, 'Smile', became a point of much conflict within the band, with it eventually getting cancelled in 1967.

The band began to struggle financially and Wilson's interest in the band gradually began to wane, often locking himself up at home particularly after the death of his father in 1973. He did, however, spend much time drinking with the Hollywood Vampires, Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop.

He eventually turned to a side project with Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher's Equinox Records named California Music. However, he was forced to quit the project by the Beach Boys' management, who insisted he turn his attention back to the group.

It was then he was referred to corrupt therapist Eugene Landy who, despite eventually damaging his mental state further, did manage to help Wilson regain some motivation and the band released '15 Big Ones' for their anniversary in 1976. He did, however, appear solo on 'Saturday Night Live' that year.

Eventually, Landy had him fired from the Beach Boys. He returned for Live Aid in 1985 and their subsequent self-titled album.

He then went solo, releasing his self-titled debut album on Sire Records in 1988 and during this time Landy's influence became increasingly clear in his lyrics and his behaviour, having been prescribed a large dosage of psychotropics.

His memoir, 'Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story', was released in 1991 though it is largely believed to have been written by Landy, who he soon severed ties with.

In 1995, Wilson released the 'I Just Wasn't Made for These Times' soundtrack and the Van Dyke Parks produced 'Orange Crate Art'. In 1997, he sang on Belinda Carlisle's 'California'.

The following year he released 'Imagination', but was forced to undergo vocal training for his damaged voice. During this time, he began to perform regularly for the first time in years.

2004 saw the release of 'Gettin' In Over My Head', featuring Elton John, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.

That year he finally went back to 'Brian Wilson Presents Smile' and toured with the album worldwide. The Beach Boys version of the album, 'The Smile Sessions', came out in 2011.

Wilson returned to the Beach Boys for 2012's 'That's Why God Made the Radio' and in 2015 he released his eleventh solo venture 'No Pier Pressure'.

Personal life: Brian Wilson grew up in California with his mother Audree and father Murry. He was always musical as a child, but became partially deaf after an unknown accident. His father was physically abusive, but provided Wilson with toy accordion lessons and choir practise. In Hawthorne High school he played football, baseball and did running, and started playing piano after leaving school. He often recorded himself singing with friends and encouraged his brothers to join him as a band.

He studied psychology at El Camino College.

Wilson has struggled a lot over his career with mental health and addiction problems. He had a nervous breakdown while touring in 1964, and began taking cannabis soon after which he claimed improved his songwriting. In 1965, he began taking LSD, but the drug subsequently gave him lifelong auditory hallucinations.

Around 1968, he also began taking cocaine among many other narcotics, became suicidal, and was eventually admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Has been diagnosed as a manic-depressive with schizoaffective disorder. He sought care from a psychologist named Eugene Landy in the 80s, who caused Wilson's mental condition to deteriorate and managed to obtain control of every aspect of his life including his money.

Wilson's first marriage was to Marilyn Rovell in 1964, though that ended 15 years later. They had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy.

He married Melinda Ledbetter in 1995 and they have five adopted children: Daria, Delanie, Dylan, Dash and Dakota.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Brian Wilson Performs At The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson, formerly of The Beach Boys, performs 'Pet Sounds' on its 50th anniversary, at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Friday 27th May 2016

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Brian Wilson Performing At Manchester O2 Apollo

Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson performing on his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour at Manchester O2 Apollo at Manchester O2 Apollo - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 24th May 2016

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Preview Of Primavera Sound Festival 2016


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Situated in Barcelona at Parc del Forum by the seaside, it's garnered international acclaim for obtaining some of the most diverse line-ups in the circuit, accommodating for some of the most iconic and internationally known artists as well as celebrating independent and underground music. It provides an inter-generational space for music lovers and festival-goers the world over.

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The main festival this year is spread out over four days, beginning on the 1st of June and ending on the 5th. Throughout that time-frame well over 200 artists will perform at one of the most sought after festivals of the summer, which has now completely sold out. Spread out over nine stages (including a Hidden Stage), Primavera Sound will be bringing once again an eclectic line-up to the sunny shores of Barcelona.

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Brian Wilson's Keyboard Player Convicted


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The multi-instrumentalist, who has toured with the Beach Boys star since 1998 and co-produced his solo albums, was convicted of rape by instrumentation and sexual battery last month (29Apr16), following a week-long trial in Claremore, Oklahoma.

Bennett was found guilty of raping a then-21-year-old woman at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma in December, 2014.

The alleged sexual assault was caught on CCTV footage from the hotel.

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Texas' Levitation Music Festival Cancelled Due To Flooding


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The annual three-day event was slated to kick off on Friday (29Apr16) at Austin's Carson Creek Ranch, but organisers from The Reverberation Appreciation Society announced on Thursday (28Apr16) they have decided to cancel this year's festival due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather.

"This decision is heartbreaking, but it’s a decision officials have made for the safety of festival attendees, and safety is our first priority," they said in a statement. "We’ve been working with county officials trying to find a way to carry on, but at this point the decision has been made, and it is beyond our control. We are completely devastated. We have been working for a year, looking forward to this weekend and seeing you all at the ranch."

Organisers are working on booking shows for indoor venues in downtown Austin.

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16 Times Actors Excelled As Onscreen Musical Legends


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We love a good biopic about a musical legend and with a new movie about Nina Simone coming soon starring Zoe Saldana, let's reflect on some of the best incarnations of famous musicians. Of course, not all of them were thoroughly well-received by their subjects' family members or even the subjects themselves, but others are still mind-bogglingly accurate.

Not all of these movies were released theatrically, and some feature more than actor in a musical role, but these are a few of the most gripping musical biopics that have ever hit our screens:

O'Shea Jackson Jr. in Straight Outta ComptonO'Shea Jackson Jr. played his father Ice Cuba in Straight Outta Compton

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Mike Love Plans To Tell His Side Of Beach Boys Drama In New Book


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The singer, who is the sole licensee of the Beach Boys name, hasn't been portrayed in the best light in previous Beach Boys books and now he's hoping to set the record straight in his own tome.

Love insists it's time for him to speak out after years of being "ostracised" and "vilified" by bandmates like cousin Brian Wilson.

"It was like I hardly did anything and Brian did everything," Love told Rolling Stone. "It’s like kind of trying to erase somebody from history or create another reality.

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Brian Wilson To Retire Pet Sounds On 50th Anniversary Tour


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The God Only Knows singer will hit the road in March (16) for a seven-month world tour.

The dates, which begin in New Zealand and Australia, will feature his "last ever" complete concert performances of the 1966 album.

"It's really been a trip to sit here and think about releasing Pet Sounds 50 years ago," Wilson said in a press release. "I love performing this album with my band and look forward to playing it for fans all across the world."

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Brian Wilson Announces World Tour Performing Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' In Full


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Brian Wilson has revealed plans for an extensive world tour to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds, the Beach Boys’ era-defining 1966 album.

The singer, 73, has announced more than seventy live dates around the world in 2016, beginning in Auckland, New Zealand on March 26th. The tour will progress through Japan and Europe, and hit North America in June, lasting until September with a short break in between.

Wilson also announced that these dates would represent the final time that he performs Pet Sounds in full. He’ll be joined by fellow original Beach Boys member Al Jardine, and sometime touring member Blondie Chaplin, on the lengthy tour.

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Brian Wilson Freaked Out Over Paul Giamatti's Portrayal Of Therapist


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The Beach Boys star was treated for drug addiction and mental health issues by Landy in the 1970s and '80s in a desperate bid to put a stop to his reclusive existence.

Landy eventually helped Wilson to start functioning again, but he later lost his professional licence and was banned from treating Wilson following accusations he had brainwashed the star.

The psychologist's extreme method of therapy for the musician - which involved round-the-clock supervision and total isolation from family and friends - at times terrified Wilson, and he admits Giamatti did such a good job of bringing Landy to life onscreen that it left the rocker and his wife Melinda unsettled.

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Bat 4 Hope Celebrity Softball Game

Brian Wilson - Bat 4 Hope Celebrity Softball Game at Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th November 2015

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Adrian Gonzalez's Bat 4 Hope Celebrity Softball Game At Dodger Stadium

Brian Wilson - Adrian Gonzalez's Bat 4 Hope Celebrity Softball Game at Dodger Stadium at Dodger Stadium Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th November 2015

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Brian Wilson Performs Beach Boys Classic With Actor Who Portrayed Him On Film


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Paul Dano performed Beach Boys classic You Still Believe in Me alongside Wilson and Al Jardine, and told Rolling Stone the jazz club gig was a dream come true.

"Brian asked me to sing that song because he knows it's one of my favourites," the actor explains. "My favourite part was the ending, the communal 'ahhhs' and the feeling of communion up there. It's a really beautiful, intimate song."

Wilson was also joined onstage at the Vibrato Grill in Los Angeles by Jardine's son Matt, who took on lead vocals for the band's performance of another Beach Boys classic, Wouldn't It Be Nice.

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Brian Wilson To Play Benefit Concert For Mental Health Drive


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The veteran musician, who spent much of his younger life as a recluse after developing schizophrenia in the 1960s, is backing Campaign to Change Direction, an initiative which aims to erase the stigma around mental health issues in the U.S.

Wilson will play a fundraising gig for Give an Hour, a charity providing free mental health care to war veterans, on 4 November (15) and he is proud to be involved with the scheme.

He says, "My wife, Melinda, and I are very excited to be a part of this important campaign, not only to bring awareness to the mental health issues faced by millions of Americans, but also to encourage everyone to learn the five signs of emotional suffering. It's time for us to bring the conversation of mental health in America out of the shadows, and the Campaign to Change Direction is leading the way."

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Brian Wilson - 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) - 'Love & Mercy' - Photocall at Hotel Hyatt - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 8th February 2015

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Brian Wilson

Date of birth

20th June, 1942

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

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