Brian Wilson

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Creative genius behind the Beach Boys.

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Legal name: Brian Douglas Wilson


Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of The Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group. Because of his unorthodox approaches to song composition and arrangement and mastery of recording techniques, he is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in popular music by critics and musicians alike.

In the mid-1960s, Wilson composed, wrote, and produced Pet Sounds, considered one of the greatest albums of all time. The intended follow-up to Pet Sounds, Smile, was cancelled for various reasons, which included Wilson's deteriorating mental health. As he suffered through multiple nervous breakdowns, Wilson's contributions to The Beach Boys diminished, and his erratic behavior led to tensions with the band. After years of treatment and recuperation, he began performing and recording consistently as a solo artist, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winning Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile and The Smile Sessions. On The Beach Boys' 50th anniversary, Wilson briefly returned to record and perform with the group. He remains a member of The Beach Boys corporation, Brother Records Incorporated.

In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" that ranked Wilson number 52. In 2012, music publication NME ranked Wilson number 8 in its "50 Greatest Producers Ever" list, elaborating "few consider quite how groundbreaking Brian Wilson's studio techniques were in the mid-60s." He is an occasional actor and voice actor, having appeared in television shows, films, and other artists' music videos. His life was portrayed in the 2014 biographical film Love & Mercy.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Brian Wilson Brian Wilson 2
1995 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times Brian Wilson 1
1995 Orange Crate Art Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks 1
1998 Imagination Brian Wilson 3
2002 Live at the Festival Hall Brian Wilson 1
2004 Gettin' In Over My Head Brian Wilson 1
2004 SMiLE Brian Wilson 4.4 4
2005 What I Really Want for Christmas Brian Wilson 1
2008 That Lucky Old Sun Brian Wilson 4
2010 Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin Brian Wilson 4
2011 In the Key of Disney Brian Wilson 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Live at the Roxy Theatre Brian Wilson 2
2002 Pet Sounds Live Brian Wilson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Our Prayer (Freeform Reform) Brian Wilson 1
2014 God Only Knows (BBC Music) Brian Wilson & Various Artists 2

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