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Dennis Wilson

Male 1944 - 1983  (39 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 4 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Dennis Wilson 
    Birth 4 Dec 1944  Hawthorne, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 28 Dec 1983  California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 2 Siblings 
    Person ID I329320  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 

    Father Murry Gage Wilson,   b. 2 Jul 1917, Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Audree Neva Korthof,   b. 28 Sep 1917, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1 Dec 1997 (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F140117  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Carole Freedman   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage 29 Jun 1965 
    Divorce 14 Jan 1968 
    Children 
     1. Jennifer Wilson,   b. 1968   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F136642  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 

    Family 2 Barbara Charren   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage 4 Aug 1970 
    Divorce 6 Aug 1974 
    Children 
     1. Carl Wilson,   b. 1972   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Michael Wilson,   b. 1973   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F136649  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 

    Family 3 Karen Lamm   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage 21 May 1976 
    Divorce 19 Sep 1977 
    Family ID F136650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 

    Family 4 Karen Lamm   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage Jul 1978 
    Divorce Jun 1980 
    Family ID F136651  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 

    Family 5 Christine Perfect,   b. 12 Jul 1943, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F136635  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 

    Family 6 Shawn Marie Love,   b. 1966-1967   d. 2004 (Age 37 years) 
    Marriage 28 Jul 1983 
    Children 
     1. Gage Wilson,   b. 1982   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F136652  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 

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  • Notes 
    • 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.



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