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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.
Brian Wilson Is Planning To Celebrate The 50th Anniversary Of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds By Performing The Album's Songs For The Last Time.
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."
Continue reading: Brian Wilson To Retire Pet Sounds On 50th Anniversary Tour
2016 represents the 50th anniversary of 'Pet Sounds', one of the most influential albums ever recorded.
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.
Brian Wilson Almost Had A Meltdown When He Watched Movie Biopic Love & Mercy Because Paul Giamatti Was Too Convincing As His Controlling Therapist Eugene Landy.
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.
Continue reading: Brian Wilson Freaked Out Over Paul Giamatti's Portrayal Of Therapist
Beach Boys Star Brian Wilson Was Joined Onstage By The Actor Who Plays Him As A Young Man In New Movie Love & Mercy At The Dvd Launch Party On Monday Night (12oct15).
"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.
Beach Boys Legend Brian Wilson Is To Play A Special Concert To Raise Funds For A Mental Health Charity.
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."
Paul Dano and John Cusack star in this unique portrayal of one of music's most talented yet troubled individuals.
Those who missed the theatrical release of Brian Wilson biopic 'Love & Mercy' don't have to miss out any longer as the critically acclaimed flick is now on DVD, bringing a story of hope, love and creativity to the masses.
Own 'Love And Mercy' On DVD today
In June 2015, the biopic of one of music's greatest living legends, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, was released to a rapturous response. Depicting him in two major decades of his life, 'Love And Mercy' was directed by the Oscar nominated Bill Pohlad ('12 Years A Slave', 'Brokeback Mountain') and captured both the intense pain and the immense happiness that he struggled with throughout his successful career.
The 1960s was an incredible decade for music, with the likes of Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees and many, many others producing timeless hits that remain in the world's consciousness to this day. However, little do people know the reason for all these genius hits, for the catchy melodies and iconic hooks; behind every great artist of the day was a band unlike any other. The Wrecking Crew were probably the most sought after session musicians of the era, producing beats for all areas of the West Coast Sound, winning Grammys and become just as rich as the people they were supporting - and yet the general public remained widely oblivious to the music industry's secret weapon. They may have been ever-evolving, but these LA artists were still top choice for the biggest stars, namely Phil Spector who dubbed them 'The Phil Spector Wall of Sound Orchestra'.
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Beach Boys Star Brian Wilson Has Postponed His Forthcoming U.k. Concerts And Announced His Upcoming European Tour Will Be His Last.
The veteran singer was due to play a series of gigs in Britain in September (15), but he has rescheduled the dates until next year (16) and announced he will not tour Europe again.
Wilson, 73, announced the changes in a statement but did not disclose the reason for the postponement. The rescheduled gigs will mark the 50th anniversary of the group's 1966 album Pet Sounds.
He writes, "I'm sorry I won't be able to make these shows this year, but I look forward to seeing all my fans in 2016 to help me celebrate 50 years of Pet Sounds. This will be my final European tour... I'll see you all soon. Best, Brian".
Brian Wilson has confessed he ''can't write a song'' to save his life but is desperate to keep making music for as long as he possibly can.
Brian Wilson ''can't write a song'' to save his life.
The Beach Boys founder has revealed although he released the solo album 'No Pier Pressure' earlier this year, he struggles to come up with new material these days as he constantly wants to revisit his old music.
He explained: ''I can't write a song to save my life. I sit at the piano and try, but all want to do is rewrite 'California Girls'. How am I gonna do something better than that? It's a f**ked-up trip.''
Continue reading: Brian Wilson 'can't Write A Song' To Save His Life
Having given consent to both Paul Dano and John Cusack, Brian Wilson took the time to watch the biopic about himself, revealing that it was a lot kinder than some of the actual events.
After garnering acclaim on the festival circuit, the Beach Boys biopic 'Love & Mercy' finally hits American cinemas this weekend (it opens in the UK next month), offering audiences a powerful glimpse into the complex mind of musician Brian Wilson.
Paul Dano with Brian Wilson and the cast of 'Love & Mercy'
In the early 1960s, Wilson formed the band with his brothers Carl and Dennis, his cousin Mike Love and their friend Al Jardine, adopting the surfer culture as an image (their earliest hits included 'Surfin'', 'Surfin' Safari', 'Surfer Girl', 'Surf City' and 'Surfin' USA'). And their 1966 album 'Pet Sounds' is regarded as one of the best rock albums of all time, featuring such classics as 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', 'God Only Knows' and 'Sloop John B'.
Continue reading: 'Love & Mercy' Takes Brian Wilson Back To Both Good And Bad Days
Date of birth
20th June, 1942
10+ new dates added to Brian's “Pet Sounds 50” Tour. https://t.co/M8yjRAXE8P #PetSounds50 https://t.co/RGirecB43s
We're adding a third show at the London Palladium on 5/22 and we’re pumped. We can’t wait to start this tour! - Bri https://t.co/QEAioW1JdR
Thanks to everyone who bought tickets today - Don't worry LA, NY and Chicago we WILL be coming to your cites too. Love & Mercy, Brian
Brian's Symphony Hall Boston dates on June 17 and 18 are up. Tickets go on sale February 22 at 10:AM. https://t.co/koHiacpmGU
UPDATE: Please visit Brian's Tour page for UK Tour pre-sale info as well as latest US tour info: https://t.co/QEAioW1JdR
Look at VIP Tour packages for Brian's upcoming Pet Sounds 50 World Tour: https://t.co/M8yjRAXE8P https://t.co/l7DAi0QZUf
U.S. Tour Dates up for 2016 Pet Sounds Anniversary World Tour. Ticket pre-sale starts 1/27, official on-sale 1/29. https://t.co/UuAQ4uDg4w
Brian Wilson Announces 2016 Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour. U.S. dates to be announced today at 8:00AM EST. https://t.co/aOnbHjhMOc
I was shocked to hear about Glenn Frey passing away – it was a real blow to hear. Love & Mercy to Glenn’s family tonight. – Brian
Brian last night with @StellaMcCartney at Amoeba Music last night for her latest collection. https://t.co/aEsAcJWNDP
Brian & Melinda on the red carpet at the @goldenglobes this past Sunday. https://t.co/E2Xbg1K1IX
The nominated ‘One Kind of Love’ is available now on #NoPierPressure at @amazonmusic: https://t.co/SH0HnUJewJ
Shocked to hear about @DavidBowieReal & my thoughts & prayers go out to his family. He was a great artist and will be missed. – Love & Mercy
Thank you everyone for all the well wishes. I had a great time at the Golden Globes! https://t.co/ndOiYe9RDV
#Honesty #Live https://t.co/WVRhTiutbi
Thanks to my family, my band, and everyone I worked with in 2015. Get ready for 2016 – we’re gonna play “Pet Sounds” & it’s gonna be great!
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