Dennis Wilson (9-Dec-1944) was the womanizing, wild and problematic of the three brothers, the black sheep in a family clan where over time you would see that no sheep was just white. He felt a special 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, and frustrated composer tyrant according to all accounts, played the piano, his mother's body), it was not uncommon to see Wilson brothers performing songs in the school holidays or at family gatherings, especially on a Friday afternoon. His interest, hobbies and rebellion made Dennis did not show many powers or interest as his brothers. I had to intercede for his mother to accept him in the band who would go down in history as The Beach Boys. Besides participating in the voices, they decided to offer the post of battery, but it was not always that the instrument recorded on discs. Being the only surfing was logical to be the most influenced by all the fashion that emerged around this sport: girls, sun, holidays and music, instrumental Dick Dale and the Deltones spearhead. Told the group how much fun it would be to write a song about that youth fashion, giving birth to what would become the band's first hit, "Surfin." Over time, though I often got into fights and the odd car accident, ended up becoming a good performer, learned to play the piano and although it was certainly the most limited of the brothers to sing, Dennis supplied the deficiencies of his voice with high doses of privacy and an enviable ability to achieve thrilling. It debuted as a composer when the fame of the Beach Boys traded downward and upward British Invasion, it was the end of the decade of the 60s, the heyday of the hippies and psychedelia. Brian Wilson's shadow is blurred at times, drawing the other loopholes components to start showing the brightness of your lights. The first song composed by all the Beach Boys without Brian Wilson collaboration on the 1967 album "Wild Honey" (this is the theme of "How She Boogalooed It"). The following 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 just overwhelmed with voice and keyboard), where excesses were beginning to show on his vocal cords. Friend risk at this time Dennis did not averse to any substance or party and whether women through better. They were just two friends of Charles Manson which led him to befriend 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 got 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 the compositional maturity at 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 this continued to offer him, of course, some of the best pearls of the disc), the one entitled "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 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" was published. 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 writer 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 calling Beach Boys) with two songs that elevate the disc of sewage for which browse most of the time: "Make It Good" and especially that closes the album "Cuddle Up", intimate, heartbreaking at times, a masterpiece that would look on the back solo album "Pacific Ocean Blue". We 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 he 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 the punk and new wave were imposed between news magazines and music stations in 1977, when the first album was released solo a member of the Beach Boys, the "Pacific Ocean Blue" by Dennis Wilson, that while it had good reviews, it was ok 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 took care to make glistening with increasing intensity the whole personality, talent and excitement that contained their grooves. He became a cult album and today it is no longer unusual to see him in the 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 the notable collaboration Gregg Jakobson, family and abundant wind musicians, choirs, bass and guitar). In this work he gave his soul, in the chaos that had become his life managed to find the pulsating spirit of some flowers destroyed years ago. 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 reminds the "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd group I personally think 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, inevitably comes to my mind also in several Songs of this work), Ecology in "Pacific Ocean Blue" color and hope in "Rainbows" inevitable goodbyes in atmospheric and great "Farewell My Friend", dreams and reality in "Dreamer" or that closes the album "End Of The Show" with a touchingly broken voice. Embraced by a sumptuous production and exquisite arrangements the beating heart is that of a disk of shadows and solitude, away from the sun and joy, where the only lights that shine are the moon and hope.
The new edition of the album, released this year, is made with love and care. In addition to the excellent presentation, photos and information, provides abundant new material, with special emphasis on the songs of the album was preparing before his death, "Bambu" (before the investigations for this reissue was known as "Bamboo"). These issues generally less dark and I personally seem less emotional intensity, with the feeling that leave me that often accompanies such reissues: are interesting, exciting even sometimes to quench the enthusiasm and the completist urge, but at no time exceed what has been 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 him of "Only With You").
The release of the solo album did not mean to stop belonging to the Beach Boys, he continued as a member of the band with its ups and downs for problems caused by drug abuse, expulsions and reconciliations, delivering two good compositions for the album of the Beach Boys " LA Light Album "of 1979, which had provided for" Bambu "," Love Surrounds Me "and" Baby Blue ".
In 2007 went on sale the documentary DVD "Dennis Wilson Forever," a review of his life through interviews with people who knew him closely, produced and directed by his brother Billy Hinsche, component group Dino, Desi & Billy, as well as multi-instrumentalist accompany the Beach Boys and other formations (I have not yet had the chance to see it).
Rebellious and charismatic, with their five marriages divorces (including Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac), five children, Dangerous Liaisons, several unsuccessful attempts to rehabilitate a fortune spent uncontrollably reaching lose one of his most cherished possessions : the sailboat "Harmony", expulsions several of the band coming to blows with his cousin Mike Love, who decided to hire bodyguards to you are not closer, 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 have a nice body" or "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll" accompanying strong dose 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 only surprise was somewhat expected. In one of his dives in Marina del Rey not surfaced. While conflict still continue. The family argued about where to bury him, if with his father or at sea; won those who thought he wanted to, in the Pacific Ocean, although this 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 problems and conflicts that will be remembered for composing a special soundtrack for his film as much for ours.
In this link you have a full page on Dennis and the other members of the Beach Boys (in Castilian)
Here a good story about everything surrounding his death (in English)
Here an interview in 1976 (in English)
In this other youtube a short TV interview the group in 1980, with Dennis ... somewhat "lost" is not of good quality but worth it. Pay attention to the greeting: "good morning" ... it's still morning ...