Dennis Carl Wilson (December 4, 1944 – December 28, 1983) was an American musician, singer and songwriter, and one of the founding members of The Beach Boys. The middle brother of bandmates Brian and Carl Wilson, he was originally the band's drummer, and sang lead vocals on a few early Beach Boys songs such as "Little Girl (You're My Miss America)" (1962) and "Do You Wanna Dance?" (1965). His first major composition was "Little Bird" (1968), and throughout the 1970's, he wrote many songs for the band, including "Slip On Through" (1970), "Forever" (1970), and "Cuddle Up" (1972). He also helped write Joe Cocker's 1974 hit "You Are So Beautiful", though he remains uncredited.
Wilson died from drowning in 1983, at the age of 39. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beach Boys in 1988.
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