Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Happy 70th birthday Brian Wilson - listen to 'Brian's Best' playlist

Today (June 20th 2012) is the birthday of a true legend. A couple of days ago we celebrated Paul McCartney turning 70, and today the inspirational figure that is the great Brian Wilson also turns 70. 

"Brian Douglas Wilson is best known as the leader and chief songwriter of The Beach Boys. On stage, Wilson provided many of the lead vocals, and often harmonized with the group in falsetto. Early during his on-stage career, Wilson primarily played bass on stage, but gradually transitioned to primarily playing piano/keyboards. Besides being the primary composer in The Beach Boys, he also functioned as the band's main producer and arranger. 

In the mid-1960s, Wilson used his increasingly creative ambitions to compose and produce Pet Sounds, considered one of the greatest albums of all time. The intended follow up to 'Pet Sounds', 'SMiLE', was cancelled for various reasons, including Wilson's deteriorating mental health. 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 a solo career in 1988 with Brian Wilson, the same year that he and The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Since 2004 he has toured for the first time in decades with a new band and released acclaimed albums, including a reworked version of 'SMiLE'."

Last year 'SMiLE' was eventually released as 'The SMiLE Sessions' and on December 16 2011, a 50th Anniversary Reunion was announced and Brian returned to The Beach Boys. 

To celebrate the great man's achievements throughout the years, listen to a specially created Spotify playlist featuring Brian's finest moments as part of The Beach Boys... 

Beach Boys - Brian's Best

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