Brian Wilson is probably best known for his days in The Beach Boys, but musicians know him better as a composer who had a hand in writing a number of the ’60s-era songs the group made famous.
Wilson formed The Beach Boys in 1961 with his two younger brothers Dennis and Carl, cousin Mike Love and childhood friend Alan Jardine.
The group was influenced by the harmonies of the Four Freshman and the rock rhythms of Chuck Berry, inspiring Wilson to write the group’s top hits including “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls.”
He released his first solo album in 1988 with his hit single “Love And Mercy,” a song that often plays during the closing performance for his concerts.
Wilson reunited with the group in 2012 to release That’s Why God Made The Radio, the group’s first album with Wilson in more than 15 years.
Wilson started touring and recording as a solo artist again in 2014 with songs he had originally written for The Beach Boys. His latest solo album No Pier Pressure goes on sale in April and features a number of guest stars.
Wilson performs with Rodriguez, the singer-songwriter who only goes by his surname. The self-taught guitarist performed in bars and clubs around Detroit in the 1960s, and he recorded two studio albums, Cold Fact, in 1969, and Coming from Reality, in 1971.
Rodriguez reached legendary folk-rock super stardom status in South Africa, inspiring anti-Apartheid activists and musicians with his counterculture lyrics.
His story is told in the 2012 Oscar award-winning documentary, “Searching for Sugar Man,” which renewed Rodriguez’s fame.
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