Dennis Wilson (9 Dec 1944) was the most womanizing, and wild problematic of the three brothers, the black sheep in a family clan where over time you would see that no sheep was just white. Special felt passion for the sea, fishing and surfing, attractions attached to the music he combined delighted with the girls, cars and drugs. In a family where music was part of everyday life (his father, composer tyrant and frustrated by all accounts, played the piano, organ his mother), it was not uncommon to see the brothers Wilson performing songs in the school holidays or at family gatherings, especially Friday afternoon. His interest, hobbies and rebellion made Dennis did not show many faculties or interest as his brothers. He had to plead his mother to accept him in the band that would go down in history as The Beach Boys. Besides participating in the voices, they decided to offer the post of battery, but not always was he who recorded the instrument on the disks. Being the only surfing was logical that most influenced by all the fashion that emerged around this sport: girls, sun, holidays and music, with instrumental Dick Dale and the Deltones spearhead. He told the group how much fun it would be to compose a song about that youth fashion, born and what would be the band's first hit, "Surfin". Over time, though often got into fights and the odd car accident, ended up becoming a good performer, learned to play the piano and although it was probably the most limited of the brothers to sing, Dennis supplied the deficiencies of his voice with high doses of privacy and enviable capacity to achieve thrilling. It debuted as a composer when the fame of the Beach Boys traded downward and upward British Invasion, was the end of the decade of the '60s, the heyday of the hippies and psychedelia. Brian Wilson's shadow was blurred at times, using other components the cracks to start showing the brightness of your lights. The first song composed by all the Beach Boys without Brian Wilson collaboration appears on the 1967 album "Wild Honey" (this is the theme of "How She Boogalooed It"). In the next album, "Friends" (1968), Dennis Wilson signed his first compositions without the involvement of his brothers, simple but great emotional depth ("Little Bird" and "Be Still", the latter overwhelms with voice only keyboard), where excesses were beginning to show on his vocal cords. Friend risk at this time Dennis was not averse to any substance or party and if there were women through better. They were just two friends of Charles Manson what led him to make friends with this lunatic character friendship that almost cost him his life to him and his child ("I'm the luckiest guy in the world, because I walked out of this losing hardly any money "). Both his career like the Beach Boys were very touched by the discovery of his relationship with this murderer.
Dennis reached compositional maturity coinciding with the turn of the decade and record label, demonstrating his talent in the first Beach Boys album for Warner, much more collective and less direct involvement of Brian (although it continued to provide, of course, some of the best pearls from disk), titled "Sunflower" (1970), which deserves special mention Dennis composition "Forever" exciting ballad with all the ingredients to become a classic, standing at the height of the best songs of the group. In 1971 he edited the road movie directed by Monte Hellman "Two-Lane Blacktop" ("two-way paved road") in which Dennis played one of the lead roles as "The Mechanic". That same year in an accident with a glass door was cut several tendons of the hand, which prevented him from playing drums for five years. Reappears in the credits as a composer and producer on the album "Carl And The Passions - So Tough", released in 1972 ("Carl & The Passions" was one of the names of the group before called Beach Boys) with two songs disk uplifting the murky waters by sailing most of the time: "Make It Good" and especially that closes the album "Cuddle Up", intimate, heartbreaking at times, a masterpiece that would look in the back solo album "Pacific Ocean Blue". Found another gem to place on the altar of the best ballads on the album "Holland" (1973), "Only With You", this time sung by his brother Carl. In 1974 collaborated with Billy Preston on the composition of the song "You Are So Beautiful", which would become famous Joe Cocker and Dennis sing in many concerts as a tribute to their fans.
We must not forget that punk and new wave were imposed between the news magazines and music stations in 1977, when he published the first solo album by a member of the Beach Boys, the "Pacific Ocean Blue" by Dennis Wilson, that although it had good reviews, was acceptable but poor public response. No music was fashionable, even it could be seen in many ways as a review of previously developed and styles. But, as often happens with things in which one delivers it all, time to shine was charged with increasing intensity the whole personality, talent and excitement that their grooves contained. He became a cult album and today it is not unusual to see lists of the best albums of the rock. Dennis was involved throughout the full charge of the process composition, arrangement, production, vocals, keyboards and drums (with Gregg Jakobson outstanding collaboration, family and musicians abundant winds, vocals, bass and guitar). In this paper gave his soul, amid the chaos that had become his life managed to find the throbbing spirit destroyed years ago some flowers. He speaks of desires in the great "River Song", from his love of rock and roll in "What's Wrong" and "Friday Night" (this with an introduction that clearly remembers the "Shine On You Crazy diamond" by Pink Floyd , personally I think group floating in songs and sounds of this album), love and loneliness in the heartbreaking "Thoughts Of You" and "Time" (Randy Newman, also born in Los Angeles, comes inevitably to my head also in several Songs of this work) of ecology in "Pacific Ocean Blue" color and hope in "Rainbows" inevitable goodbyes atmospheric and great "Farewell My Friend", dreams and reality in "Dreamer" or that closes the album "End Of The Show", with a voice broken poignantly. Embraced by a sumptuous production and exquisite arrangements beating heart is that of a disk of shadows and solitude, away from the sun and joy, where the only lights that shine are those of the moon and hope.
The new edition of the album, released this year, is made with care and affection. In addition to the excellent presentation, pictures and information, provides abundant new material, with special emphasis on the songs of the album that was preparing before his death, "Bambu" (before the investigations for this reissue was known as "Bamboo"). It is generally less dark themes and I personally seem minor emotional intensity, with the feeling that I leave that often accompanies this type of reissues: are interesting, even exciting at times, that quench the enthusiasm and eagerness completist, but that at no time exceed what ya heard (for the moment I'll stick with "Love Remember Me", "Wild Situation", "Album Tag Song", and especially the bonus "Tug Of Love" and the version played this time by it's "Only With You").
The release of the solo album did not mean to stop belonging to the Beach Boys continued as a member of the band with its ups and downs for problems caused by drug addiction, with expulsions and reconciliations, delivering two good compositions of the Beach Boys album " LA Light Album "of 1979, which had provided for" Bambu ":" Love Surrounds Me "and" Baby Blue ".
In 2007 it went on sale the DVD documentary "Dennis Wilson Forever", a look at his life through interviews with people who knew him very closely, produced and directed by his brother Billy Hinsche, band member Dino, Desi & Billy, as well as multi-instrumentalist accompany the Beach Boys and other formations (I have not had the chance to see it).
Rebel and charismatic, five marriages with their divorces (including Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac), five children, Dangerous Liaisons, several rehabilitation attempts unsuccessfully spent a fortune coming uncontrollably losing one of their most cherished : the sailboat "Harmony", expulsions several of the band coming to blows with his cousin Mike Love, who decided to hire bodyguards to not approach him, especially when he was drinking "orange juice" (used to use it to mix the vodka) . Fulfilled to the letter the slogans "Live fast, die young and you have a pretty corpse" or "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll" accompanying them with heavy doses of self-destructive generosity. People who knew him knew he was not made to last, so the news of his death on December 28, 1983 but was somewhat expected surprise. In one of his dives in Marina del Rey not surfaced. While conflict still continue. The families argued over where to bury him, if with his father or at sea; won those who thought he wanted to do in the Pacific Ocean, although this will need the intercession of Ronald Reagan for permission. They also failed to agree on the farewell song or who read a story from the Bible, while his son Michael's funeral would have nightmares for years.
Finally, a family with their problems and conflicts that will be remembered for composing a soundtrack very special both for his film as well as ours.
In this link you have a very complete page about Dennis and the other members of the Beach Boys (in Castilian)
Here 's a good story about everything surrounding his death (in English)
Here an interview in 1976 (in English)
In this other youtube a short interview on TV the group in 1980, with Dennis ... a bit "lost" is not of good quality but worth it. Pay attention to the greeting: "good morning" ... it is still morning ...