Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

 

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Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the rock band the Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group.[2] He is the first pop artist credited for writing, arranging, producing, and performing his own material.[3] Because of his unorthodox approaches to song composition and arrangement and mastery of recording techniques, he is widely acknowledged, by critics and musicians alike, as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in popular music.[4][5]

In the mid-1960s, Wilson composed, arranged and produced Pet Sounds (1966), considered one of the greatest albums ever made.[6] The intended follow-up to Pet Sounds, Smile, was canceled for various reasons, which included Wilson's deteriorating mental health. As he suffered repeated nervous breakdowns, Wilson's contributions to the Beach Boys diminished, and his erratic behavior led to tensions with the band. Following a court-ordered removal from the care of psychologist Eugene Landy, Wilson started receiving conventional medical treatment, and in the late 1990s, he began performing and recording consistently as a solo artist. He remains a member of the Beach Boys' corporation, Brother Records Incorporated.

Wilson is considered a major innovator in the field of music production,[7] the principal originator of the California Sound,[8] one of the first music producer auteurs,[9] and one of the most famous examples of the outsider musician.[10] Only 21 years old when he received the freedom to produce his own records with total creative autonomy, he ignited an explosion of like-minded California producers, supplanting New York as the center of popular records,[11] and becoming the first rock producer to use the studio as its own instrument.[12] Wilson effectively set a precedent that allowed bands and artists to enter a recording studio and act as their own producers or co-producers.[9] His songs became inextricably tied with the zeitgeist of the early 1960s,[13] and he helped develop the sound of the wistful Flower Power era that proceeded.[14] In later years, Wilson was regarded as a "godfather" to an era of indie musicians who were inspired by his melodic sensibilities, chamber pop orchestrations, and recording explorations.[15] In media, he is often portrayed as a "genius".[16]

His honors include being inducted into the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winning Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile (2004) and The Smile Sessions (2011). In lists published by Rolling Stone, Wilson ranked 52 for the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" in 2008[17] and 12 for the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time in 2015.[18] In 2012, music publication NME ranked Wilson number 8 in its "50 Greatest Producers Ever" list, elaborating "few consider quite how groundbreaking Brian Wilson's studio techniques were in the mid-60s".[5] He is an occasional actor and voice actor, having appeared in television shows, films, and other artists' music videos. His life was dramatized in the 2014 biopic Love & Mercy.

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Some Sweet Day
Song
Some Sweet Day is a song by musical artist Brian Wilson, released on September 7, 2017.
Ich bin Brian Wilson
Album
Ich bin Brian Wilson is an album by musical artist Brian Wilson, released on May 1, 2017.
 
The Beach Boys
 
Love & Mercy
 
Love & Mercy (stylized as love&mercy) is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed and co-produced by Bill Pohlad, co-produced by Claire Rudnick-Polstein and John Wells and written by Michael Alan Lerner and Oren Moverman.

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Collaborators & Influencers44

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Brian Wilson, BGE Theatre, Dublin review: 'Pet Sounds brought stirringly to life - lapped up by fans'
  –  September 3, 2017
Musician, singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys ... Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys It's 50 years since Brian Wilson reinvented pop music with the Beach Boys’s kaleidoscopic Pet Sounds. In the intervening half-century Wilson has gained ...
Brian Wilson, BGE Theatre, Dublin review: 'Pet Sounds brought stirringly to life - lapped up by fans'
  –  September 3, 2017
Musician, singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys Al Jardine ... Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys It's 50 years since Brian Wilson reinvented pop music with the Beach Boys’s kaleidoscopic Pet Sounds. In the intervening half-century Wilson ...
Brian Wilson – Brian Wilson (Limited U.S. Black Friday RSD Colour Vinyl 2LP)
  –  June 22, 2017
Brian Wilson is arguably the greatest American composer of popular music in the Rock era. Because of his unorthodox approaches to song composition and arrangement and mastery of recording techniques, he is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative ...
Brian Wilson, BGE Theatre, Dublin review: 'Pet Sounds brought stirringly to life - lapped up by fans'
  –  September 3, 2017
AFP PHOTO / SUZANNE CORDEIRO (Photo credit should read SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images) Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys It's 50 years since Brian Wilson reinvented pop music with the Beach ... by Beach Boys’s rhythm guitarist Al Jardine.
Beach Boy Brian Wilson says ‘Pet Sounds’ ‘came from God’
  –  September 6, 2017
In a 1964 letter to Marilyn Rovell, who would later become his first wife, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys wrote: “. . . You didn’t know me when I was Brian the Neurotic. No one needed music like I did. Hours at the piano. I was a starving child.
Brian Wilson isn't going into seclusion
  –  September 4, 2017
Brian Wilson is wrapping up his “Pet Sounds” tour in Atlantic ... some of Phil Spector’s stuff — and some original stuff,” Wilson told the Daily News. Music fans who go to see Wilson’s 12-piece band re-create “Pet Sounds” at the Golden ...
Brian Wilson, BGE Theatre, Dublin review: 'Pet Sounds brought stirringly to life - lapped up by fans'
  –  September 3, 2017
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys It's 50 years since Brian Wilson reinvented pop music with the Beach Boys’s kaleidoscopic Pet Sounds. In the intervening half-century Wilson has gained a reputation as one of rock ’n roll’s most notorious eccentrics ...
BRIAN WILSON ON TOURING AT 75 & WHERE THE INSPIRATION COMES FROM
  –  September 1, 2017
It feels good; it feels very rewarding. Because we just try to write the best music.” Beyond that, though, he was quick to avoid taking too much credit. The next release on the horizon, Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology, due out next month ...
The Salvation of Brian Wilson
  –  August 30, 2017
In the long, tedious hours between soundcheck and showtime, Brian Wilson likes to park himself at the side of ... including six of Wilson's seven multigenerational kids, old friends and music-biz acquaintances. Brian is in a garrulous if offbeat mood.
The 405 meets Brian Wilson: "It saddened me to see him die, but he did teach me a lot of rock n' roll melodies."
  –  August 26, 2017
"My music can be very therapeutic ... "I never could have. It's fantastic." Brian Wilson begins the final leg of his 50th anniversary Pet Sounds tour on Sept. 15. Check out the dates here.

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