1944 - 1983 (39 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors and 4 descendants in this family tree.
||Dennis Wilson |
||4 Dec 1944
||Hawthorne, California, USA
||28 Dec 1983
||28 May 2006 |
||Murry Gage Wilson, b. 2 Jul 1917, Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS , d. Yes, date unknown |
||Audree Neva Korthof, b. 28 Sep 1917, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN , d. 1 Dec 1997 (Age 80 years) |
||2 siblings |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Dennis Wilson's amazing musical ability was underrated, due in part (perhaps) to his good looks and "bad boy" image. Though the remaining Beach Boys only sang of "boards" and "tidal waves", Dennis was the group's only surfer. As a drummer, his work was always stellar. Yet his work as singer and songwriter was equally great. Dennis's song "Forever" (1970), and the solo effort "Pacific Ocean Blue" (1977) are rightly regarded as superb musical contributions.
In 1968 an unwanted house guest named Charles Manson commandeered Wilson's home together with his "family" members. Wilson encouraged Manson's musical ambitions and one of his songs, "Cease to Exist", appeared on the Beach Boys album "20/20" under the title "Never Learn Not to Love". Wilson, too intimidated to evict his guests, eventually moved out of his own house. Shortly thereafter Manson and the family committed the Tate-LaBianca murders.
Drummer/singer, member of The Beach Boys .
Body buried at sea (33-53.9 N, 118-38.8 W).
Inducted by Elton John into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Beach Boys) 20 January 1988.
He had a stepson Scott his first wife's son that he adopted.
Was the only member of the Beach Boys who could actually surf
Only learned after falling in love with last wife Shawn that she was actually his cousin Mike Love 's illegitimate daughter. Despite their distant blood relationship, Dennis and Shawn could legally marry - and doing so capped off for Dennis the hatred he'd felt for Mike, since the early Beach Boys days.
Had the most in common with father 'Murry Wilson' of any of the Wilson brothers, including his temper; while Brian and Carl usually submitted to their father's bullying, Dennis fought back. Later, Dennis was the one who spent the most time with Murry, before his death.
While the other Beach Boys objected to the material brother Brian recorded for their (never-completed) "Smile" album, Dennis brushed back tears listening to the rough tracks, telling Brian "It's beautiful... don't change a thing."
Was the last member of the Beach Boys to learn to play an instrument; their first single had brother Brian improvising drum sounds with a piepan. Also had to give up his drums for awhile in the 1970s, after shattering one wrist in an accident.