McCartney, John Join Wilson

Beach Boy's new solo album also features late brother

April 15, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Brian Wilson will release the star-studded Gettin' In Over My Head on June 22nd. Joining the Beach Boys mastermind on his first solo album of new material in six years are Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Van Dyke Parks.

Also included is a duet with late brother and fellow Beach Boy Carl Wilson on the song "Soul Searchin'," with Brian adding vocals to an existing track, to complete the tune.

Wilson will debut songs from Getting' In Over My Head -- which include "City Blues," "The Waltz," "Desert Drive," "A Friend Like You" and "How Can We Still Be Dancin'?" -- on a summer European tour.

The album's release continues an active period for the famously reclusive songwriter, who has toured extensively over the past few years. In February, Wilson took to a London stage to perform the lost Beach Boys album Smile in its entirety.

Wilson will be honored with the BMI Icon award on May 11th at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. "I was so thrilled to hear that I've been chosen to receive the BMI Icon award, especially as so many of my all-time favorite songwriters have previously received this honor," said Wilson upon hearing of his selection. "I still have a rock & roll heart, so to be included with a list of all-time greats that includes my heroes like Chuck Berry and Little Richard is unbelievable."

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