Carl Dean Wilson
Born 21.12.1946 in Hawthorne, L.A.
brown hair; blue eyes; 177 cm
Murry and Audree Wilson
Marital Status and Children:
Annie Hinsche, *27.12.1949 in Manila, Philippines
Wedding: 3.2.1966 in the LA Registry
Annie is the sister of tourbandmember Billy (born 29.6.1951
Jonah is a real estate salesman.
Wedding: 8.11.1987 in Las Vegas
Carl lived outside of Nederland, next to Boulder, CO. Jim
Guercio's Caribou Ranch was there as well.
At one point he lived on the Caribou Ranch property, but
then moved to his own place nearby (with a spectacular view
of Rocky Mountain National Park, if you have the *American
Band* video). Closest well-known town is Boulder, but Carl
lived further up in the mountains, well behind the Front
April 5, 1981 Carl Wilson begins his Solo Tour
1969 Beach Boy Carl Wilson was indicted in Los Angeles
after failing to work as a hospital orderly in lieu of his
military drafting. (source: Associated Press)
The name (first and last) of Carl's personal limo driver
in the mid-70s was ELLIOTT LOTT. A man as good as they get,
Elliott Lott is today President of Brother Records, and
has been a part of the Beach Boys organization for over
Carl's first car was a PONTIAC GRAND PRIX. Carl was very
proud of his blue, 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix. Sadly, on the
way home from the dealership on the day he purchased the
car, he was broadsided at an intersection near his home
in Hawthorne, and the car was wrecked!
Carl's first electric guitar, rented while his parents
were on vacation, was a RICKENBACKER. This Rickenbaker was
easy for band members to recall because of it's distinctive
green color! In later years, Carl often played a 12-string
Rickenbacker 360 during his Beach Boys performances.
Carl owned both and Aston Martin DB5 and a green Bentley
in the mid-1960's. The white Bentley seen with Carl behind
the wheel in the movie BEACH BOYS - AN AMERICAN BAND, was
actually owned by his wife, Annie. Contrary to stories implied
in various publications, Carl's family says he never owned
a Rolls Royce during that time.
The name of Carl's pet Samoyed was SHANNON. Several stories
have circulated and have been printed about Carl's dog,
Shannon, being the inspiration for Henry Gross' classic
hit of the 1970's. From what family members can recall,
and an interview with Gross himself, it seems that Carl
and Henry became aquainted and were surprised to discover
that each were the owners of dogs named Shannon, Carl's
being a Samoyed, and Henry's an Irish Setter. Carl's Shannon
was later hit by a car and killed, the Wilson family mourned
their loss, and Gross penned the song that was to become
The nickname given Carl's vintage, prototype Fender Stratocaster
that Carl used as his primary guitar on his solo tours was
OLD YELLER. Carl referred to this guitar as Old Yeller because
of it's distinctive color and faithful performance quality.
Carl Wilson and the rest of the Beach Boys were inducted
to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The ceremony
and celebration took place in New York in January of 1988,
but the inductees were officially named for the "class
of 1987". Other inductees that night included The Beatles,
The Supremes, Bob Dylan, The Drifters, Leadbelly, Woody
Guthrie, Motown founder Berry Gordy, and guitar innovator
The preferred cologne of Carl Wilson in recent years was
AU SAVAGE. Sometimes the subject of onstage ribbing because
of the scent, Carl acknowledged the brand to anyone who
asked. We thought this one was a toughie, but a surprising
number of fans remembered this!
Carl definitely had preferences for Italian food, steak,
sushi and others.
As advertised in a nationwide promotion, Carl's favorite
brand of slippers were J.P. TOD. This advertising campaign
featured various recording artists and other celebrities
touting the comfort of this company's footwear. Carl often
wore his moccasin style slippers onstage.
In the Beach Boys, Carl's very first lead vocal was on
POM POM PLAYGIRL. The instrumental track was recorded on
January 20, 1964, with vocals added sometime during the
next 30 days. The completed song was turned into Capitol
on Febuary 20, 1964, and subsequently released on the album
SHUT DOWN VOL. 2. (Although contrary to David Leaf's liner
notes to the SURFER GIRL/SHUT DOWN VOL. 2 two-fer CD, this
information has been confirmed by multiple sources directly
involved with the original project.)
The very first song Carl ever wrote for the Beach Boys
was BEACH BOYS STOMP (aka KARATE). Recorded on Feruary 8,
1962 at World Pacific Studios under the direction of Hite
Morgan, this track was shelved when the group's first label,
Candix, encountered financial problems. It was not released
until seven years later, first on THE BEACH BOYS' BIGGEST
BEACH HITS on the Era label, then on countless budget-priced
reissues over the years of the Morgan-produced tracks.
The first song Carl ever produced by himself for the Beach
Boys was I CAN HEAR MUSIC. Released on the 20/20 album in
February 1969, then as a single in March of that year. The
single eventually went to the #24 position in Billboard's
Top 100. Carl had co-writing/co-producing credits on other
songs, but this was his first solo effort.
Carl's resting place is Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles,
California. If you are interested in seeing his grave marker,
Carl was diagnosed with Cancer in December of 1996 (or
so we have been told).
Carl´s funeral was Feb.10 1998 at 3pm, L.A. time
Even Elton John send flowers. Carl´s friend John Rogers
spoke and gave the eulogy. Jerry Shilling and Gerry Beckley
spoke as well.. Jonah and Justyn also said some very touching
words. Brian cried a lot (Carnie: "he really let go").
A reception was held after upstairs in the church.
Last public performance:
Aug. 27, 1997 Resorts Superstar Theater, Atlantic City,