Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue

In 1977 Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue became the first solo LP to be released by a member of the legendary Beach Boys. Dennis, the band's surfer, drummer and free spirit, emerged from the shadow of his older brother, pop genius Brian Wilson, and shocked everyone with a sound and style unlike any other. More than 30 years later, it stands as one of the 1970s great cult-classic albums and a crucial puzzle-piece in the Wilson family's long musical history. Throughout this one-hour special, Dennis Wilson's friends and family recalled how he developed his musical voice - one that was full of surprises, but also one that reflected Wilson's dark, moody life. While acclaim grew for both his Beach Boys contributions and his solo material, Wilson's creative output was sadly stifled by his hard and fast lifestyle. His plans to follow Pacific Ocean Blue with an even grander album, Bambu, were left unfinished at the time of his drowning death in 1983, but many songs from those last sessions were filled with a hopefulness that belied his tragic decline. Interview subjects included Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson's first wife, Carole Bloom, former Beach Boys manager Jim Guercio, Pacific Ocean Blue co-producer Gregg Jakobson, and engineer Jon Hanlon, Bambu collaborator Carli Munoz, and journalist Anthony DeCurtis. Listeners also heard from Dennis Wilson, himself, courtesy of a rare radio visit at the time Pacific Ocean Blue was released. Many tracks from that album, as well as the long lost Bambu sessions are heard throughout this program hosted by noted rock historian and Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken.

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