Founder member of the Beach Boys, along with his brothers Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson, cousin Mike Love and Brian's friend Al Jardine.
Dennis was the least accomplished instrumentalist of the Beach Boys (nominally the drummer he rarely played on records and there was usually a second drummer on stage), but his songwriting, from 1968's Friends album on, was a major asset to the group, and he wrote one of their very best songs, Forever.
He also released one solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, in 1977, and also starred in the film Two-Lane Blacktop. He drowned in 1983.

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