About Brian Wilson
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Born in 1942 in California, Brian Wilson displayed a gift for music even as a young boy, learning entire tunes by ear. As a teenager he sang with his two younger brothers, Carl and Dennis, later enlisting Mike Love and Al Jardine. Thus, The Beach Boys formed. Soon the group began recording music: the first few years after debut single “Surfin’ Safari” and its parent album of the same title in 1962 saw the group have hit after hit, most of them composed by Brian.
In 1966 came the release of Pet Sounds. Although the album fared well, it was noticeably less popular than previous Beach Boys records. Yet, time has proved otherwise: Pet Sounds is now almost universally regarded as one of the greatest albums ever. Afterwards, Brian began work on Smile. Two singles were released, “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains”, the former topping charts all over the world, but sadly, the album remained incomplete. Under pressure, Brian suffered a mental breakdown, and Smile disappeared into the vaults.
Following the breakdown of Smile, The Beach Boys
struggled to maintain commercial success. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, Brian became reclusive and eccentric, but eventually, he began to recover in the ‘90s. In 2004, Brian finally unveiled Smile. It was universally acclaimed, and Brian began touring with a solo band. The years after that have seen the music legend rejoin The Beach Boys once more, as well as a continued solo touring and recording to both critical and commercial triumph.