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Dennis Wilson
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Background information
Born (1944-12-04)December 4, 1944
Died December 28, 1983(1983-12-28) (aged 39)
Genres Surf rock
Years active 1961-1983
Labels Capitol Records, Caribou Records, Sony Music, Brother Records, Reprise Records
Associated acts The Beach Boys

Dennis Carl Wilson (December 4, 1944 – December 28, 1983) was an American drummer, singer and songwriter. He is best known as being one of three brothers in the rock band, The Beach Boys. Wilson was a member from the beginning until he died in 1983.

The group made twenty-four studio albums. Wilson made one solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue. It stayed popular with critics over the years.

Dennis was born in Inglewood, California. He was the only surfer of the group and he lived the beach lifestyle that the Beach Boys wrote about in their songs.


On December 28, 1983, while partying soon after his 39th birthday, Wilson drowned at Marina del Rey in Los Angeles. He was buried at sea off the California coast by the U.S. Coast Guard on January 4, 1984. President Ronald Reagan allowed the burial.


Studio albums
  • Pacific Ocean Blue (1977)

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