.

Beach Boy Carl Wilson Dies From Lung Cancer

February 10, 1998 12:00 AM ET

Carl Wilson, a founding member of the Beach Boys, succumbed to lung cancer on Friday evening.

Wilson, 51, was battling the disease for about a year and died with his family by his side. Although he was diagnosed with cancer last year and underwent chemotherapy, Wilson insisted on being a part of the Beach Boys tour last summer.

During the Beach Boys' legendary career, the California surf group influenced countless musicians and released such hits as "California Girls," "Help Me, Rhonda," Good Vibrations" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice."

Their first single, "Surfin' Safari," was released in 1962 and was followed by the successful "Surfin' USA" in 1963. They reached superstar status after the release of "Good Vibrations" in 1967 and their seminal album, Pet Sounds, is ranked as one of the most influential albums of all time.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com