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Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Inglewood, California) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, and one of the founding members of The Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group. In addition to his lifelong mental health problems, Wilson is known for his unorthodox approaches to pop composition and mastery of recording techniques, and is widely known as one of the most innovative and significant songwriter of the late 20th century. The Beach Boys were formed by Brian, his brothers Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. Brian was influenced by 1950's rock and roll and jazz-based vocals groups like the Four Freshmen, and originally served as the band's primary songwriter, producer, co-lead vocalist, bassist, keyboardist, and de facto leader. He co-wrote, arranged and produced their 1966 LP Pet Sounds, widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time. He and the band began recording a follow-up, SMiLE, but it was canceled for various reasons, including Wilson's deteriorating mental health. As he suffered repeated nervous breakdowns, Wilson's involvement with the Beach Boys diminished, and his erratic behavior led to tensions with the band.