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.