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20 June 1942, Hawthorne, California, USA. Brian Wilson, the spiritual leader of the Beach Boys, has received as much press and publicity for his health and mental problems over the years as has his magnificent contribution as songwriter, producer, arranger and vocalist of that famous group.
It was suggested as early as 1965 that Wilson was a musical genius and that he should go solo. He did release a solo single Caroline, No in 1966, but it has since been absorbed into the Beach Boys canon. For many years internal ructions kept Wilson and his self-appointed doctor/guru/friend Eugene Landy (b. 26 November 1934, d. 22 March 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA) at loggerheads with the rest of the Beach Boys. Ironically Brian was the last Wilson brother to release a solo album. Brian Wilson was released in 1988 to strong reviews with Wilson bravely appearing for the major publicity that ensued. By commercial standards it was a...