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Dennis, circa 1976?

Promotion picture of Dennis for his movie "Two-Lane Blacktop" (1971)

The Hard Workin' Drummer Dennis Wilson

1944-1983

Of the original five Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson was the only one who knew how to surf well. Dennis was definitely the most popular member of the band during the '60's, especially among the young female fans. Unfortunately, Dennis had problems with drugs and alcohol, which lead to the downward spiral in his life which ended with his accidental drowning while intoxicated in December of 1983. Dennis contributed numerous lead vocals over the years, including "Do You Wanna Dance", "Little Bird", "Love Surrounds Me", "Surfers Rule", and "Angel Come Home", among many others. His highly unknown album "Pacific Ocean Blue" from 1977 (pictured below) has become somewhat of a cult classic over the years.

Cover slick of Dennis' 1977 solo album "Pacific Ocean Blue"

Dennis, circa 1966

Dennis on stage, circa 1983

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