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BRIAN WILSON
Brian Wilson, songwriter, bassist, and singer of
the internationally popular rock band The Beach
Boys, co-wrote many hit singles in the 1960s
including, Surfin’ USA, I Get Around, Help Me
Rhonda, Good Vibrations, Wouldn’t It Be Nice,
and California Girls. Beginning in the early 1970s,
Wilson experienced depression and detachment
from the world. He spent much of his time in his
bedroom sleeping, taking drugs, and overeating.
One doctor diagnosed him with schizoaffective
disorder, bipolar type. After trying several
different approaches over the years, Wilson has
found balance using a mild combination of
antidepressants, which enable him to record and
tour again. In his memoir, Wouldn’t It Be Nice—
My Own Story, he talks about his “lost years” with
mental illness. In February 2004, Wilson released
his SMILE album to wide critical acclaim, hitting
#13 on the Billboard chart. Wilson won his first
Grammy Award that year for the track Mrs.
O’Leary’s Cow (Fire) as Best Rock Instrumental.
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