Brian Douglas Wilson was born on June 20, 1942 in California. Parents Audree and Murry recognized their son’s musical abilities before he was one year of age, noting that he could repeat the melodies and verses that his father sang to him.
Brian focused on music during his high school years, often performing with friends. Wilson became part of Carl and the Passions during these early years. While attending El Camino Community College in Los Angeles, Brian joined his brothers Carl and Dennis, along with Mike Love and Al Jardine. The group began performing as The Pendletones. Their record company later changed their name to The Beach Boys.
The group enjoyed five years of great success before things began falling apart in 1966. Wilson’s mental health took a downward spiral. The group’s album, Smile, was cancelled and daughter Carnie was born in 1968. He was heavily involved with drugs by 1969. He began seeking treatment from Dr. Eugene Landy.
Landy took near total control of Wilson’s life before later having his medical license removed. Wilson was later diagnosed as having schizoaffective disorder.
Brian Wilson has been a part of three dozen Beach Boys albums, including the group’s forthcoming June 5 release, That’s Why God Made the Radio. He recorded his tenth solo album in 2011.