The only surfer in The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson (brother to Carl and Brian) banged the drums harder than anyone, according to legendary session drummer Hal Blaine. Hard to believe Denny would've been 68 today. Many consider him the heart and soul of The Beach Boys, lost at the early age of 39. He's my favorite of the "Boys...we never met but I have met two of his sons and one ex-wife (Barbara) on a couple occasions and I knew another ex-wife, model/actress Karen Lamm the last year of her life (she passed in 2001 at the age of 49).
A film about Dennis' life is in pre-production starring Aaron Eckert. What a ride that will be for Mr. Eckert. I miss Dennis every day. He was quite the writer/producer, evident in his solo albums, Pacific Ocean Blue and Bamboo). Here's one of Denny's most popular solo efforts, "River Song", featuring behind-the-scenes recording and other vid shots.
"They say I live a fast life. Maybe I just like a fast life. I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world. It won’t last forever, either. But the memories will."
Surf's always up with you, Denny. Peace - and Happy Birthday, brotha.