Brian Wilson, born June 20th 1942, was one of the most influential musicians in rock and pop music ever. From his early childhood Brian showed signs of being a great musician, starting even before his first birthday when he was able to repeat the melody of “When The Caissons Go Rolling In” after hearing very little of the song sung by his father. In his teenage years he formed the Beach Boys band with his brothers Dennis and Carl, cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine
The first album produced was “Surfin’ Safari” and although it was a hit, it was too much of a generic sound for Brian. Following a mental breakdown on a flight, between cities on tour, Brian moved from the front stage to being the songwriter/producer. It was then that the Beach Boys really began to become legendary. Brian’s early contributions to change the sound of Beach Boys included putting a 2 minute drum solo on the end of All Summer Long. Brian’s songwriting and producing abilities soon matured to changing the emphasis from guitar to persuasion and keyboards and experimenting with volume and vocals. One of his most experimental pieces was “The Little Girl I Once Knew” which featured “clashing keyboards, moody bass, and vocal tics.” The release of The Beatles album “Rubber Soul” is what really pushed Brian’s creativeness to a new level.
To create the “…greatest rock album ever made!” Brian made extremely sophisticated songs featuring layered harmonies and inventive instrumentation, finishing with the album “Pet Sounds.” But Brian wouldn’t stop there; he wanted to top that with an album called “Smile” unfortunately the technology wasn’t on the same level as Brian Wilson. His work, what could have possibly been the greatest album of all time, originally set to to be made in 1966, but technology didn’t get on Brian Wilson’s level in till 2003. Brian was that far ahead of the rest of the music industry, and that is why Brian Wilson is so important.