Morning Man Classic: Dennis Wilson!
If Paul McCartney was “the cute one” of The Beatles, then Dennis Wilson certainly had that title among The Beach Boys.
He was a member of the band from its formation until his death in 1983 during which they recorded twenty-four studio albums with such hits as Surfin’ USA, Help Me Rhonda, Barbara Ann, I Get Around, Good Vibrations, California Girls, and Fun, Fun, Fun among many others.
In 1977, Dennis released a solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, to widespread critical acclaim.
Dennis was the middle brother of fellow Beach Boys members Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson and was also the only regular surfer of the group, and his personal life exemplified the beach lifestyle that the group’s early songs often celebrated.
But he struggled with alcoholism and on December 28, 1983, shortly after his 39th birthday, he drowned at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, after drinking all day and diving in the afternoon to recover items he had thrown overboard at the marina from his yacht three years earlier.