Dennis Wilson (9 Dec 1944) was the womanizing, wild and problematic of the three brothers, the black sheep in a family clan which eventually 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 Family, especially Friday afternoon. His interest, hobbies and rebellion that Dennis did not show as many schools as their brothers or interest. I had to intercede for her mother to accept him into 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, although it was not always that the instrument recorded on discs. Being the only surfing was logical that the most influenced by all the fashion that emerged around this sport: girls, sun, holidays and music, with the backing of Dick Dale and his Deltones spearhead. He said the group what fun it would be to compose a song about that youthful fashion, giving birth to what would be the band's first hit, "Surfin." Over time, though often got into fights and the odd car accident, he 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 an enviable ability to achieve thrill. It debuted as a composer when the fame of the Beach Boys was traded to the downside and the upside British Invasion, it was the end of the decade of the '60s, the heyday of the hippies and psychedelia. Brian Wilson's shadow was blurred at times, taking advantage of the other ingredients the cracks 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 song "How She Boogalooed It"). The following album, "Friends" (1968), Dennis Wilson signed his first compositions without the participation of his, brothers simple but highly 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 had by far 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 left this losing hardly any money "). Both his career like the Beach Boys they 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, showing his talent in the first Beach Boys album for Warner, much more collective and less direct involvement of Brian (although this continued to provide it, of course, some of the best pearls of the disc), the titled "Sunflower" (1970), which deserves special mention Dennis composition "Forever" exciting ballad with all the ingredients to become a classic, standing to 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 released. That same year in an accident with a glass door several tendons cut his 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 called Beach Boys) with two songs uplifting disc sewage 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 on the back solo album "Pacific Ocean Blue". Found another gem to place on the altar of the best ballads on the "Holland" (1973), "Only With You" album 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 the news magazines and music stations in 1977, when the first solo album was released 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 was commissioned to shine with increasing intensity the whole personality, talent and emotion 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 musicians abundant winds, vocals, bass and guitar). This paper gave his soul, in the chaos that had become his life managed to find the pulsing spirit of some flowers destroyed years ago. It 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, which personally I think it floats in songs and sounds of this disc), Love and loneliness in the heartbreaking "Thoughts Of You" and "Time" (Randy Newman, also born in Los Angeles, inevitably comes to my head 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 "End Of The Show" album, with a broken voice poignantly. Embraced by a sumptuous production and the exquisite arrangements is the beating heart of a disk of shadows and solitude, away from the sun and joy, where the only lights are the glow 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, photos 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 less emotional intensity, with the leave me feeling that often accompanies such reissues: are interesting, even exciting at times, to quench the enthusiasm and eagerness completist, but at no time exceed what has already been played (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 I 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 addiction, with expulsions and reconciliations, delivering two good compositions for 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 five marriages with their divorce (including with Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac), five children, Dangerous Liaisons, several stints in rehab unsuccessfully a fortune spent uncontrollably reaching lose one of his most cherished possessions : sailboat "Harmony", expulsions several of the band coming to blows with his cousin Mike Love, who decided to hire bodyguards will not come over, especially when he was drinking "orange juice" (used to use to mix the vodka) . Strictly complied 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 do it 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 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 very complete page on Dennis and the other members of the Beach Boys (in Castilian)
Here a good chronicle of everything that surrounded 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 ... somewhat "lost" is not of good quality but worth it. Pay attention to the greeting, "good morning" ... it is still morning ...