Brian Wilson

Cher Was Not Shocked By Phil Spector’s Demise

Pop superstar Cher admits she was not shocked when Phil Spector ended up in prison because his early life was so troubled. Spector was jailed for 19 years-to-life in 2009 after being found guilty of fatally shooting the actress Lana Clarkson at his home in 2003. Now Cher, who worked as a back-up singer for Spector’s acts The Righteous Brothers and The Crystals in his 1960s heyday, has broken her silence about the producer’s incarceration, hinting he was on a path to destruction because of his bizarre family history. She tells Britain’s The Sun newspaper, “I was surprised but I wasn’t shocked (after the murder conviction). It’s so sad but his parents were first cousins and his sister was in an asylum, so he had a troubled life, but he was a genius. Watching him make records was amazing – the talent he had.”

   However, the singer won’t allow Spector’s demise to tarnish her memories of her early days in the studio: “Singing back-up on The Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ was fun to do. It was a brilliant song and Phillip (Spector) kept saying, ‘Cher, back up, back up’, because my voice cut through. I remember (Beach Boys star) Brian Wilson came to hear it and I was the only girl on the session.”

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Beach Boy Brian Wilson Recovering From Surgery

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson has thanked fans for their concerns for his health as he recovers from back surgery.

Wilson recently underwent a corrective procedure to fix a problem in his lower back – and now he has taken to his blog to thank devotees for their support as he recuperates.

He writes, “I’ve been reading the posts where some of you are concerned about my health in general.

“I want to let you know that before the Beach Boys 50th tour started I was having some lower back issues right around the time we performed on the Grammys in February… It’s hereditary.

“But being able to tour with the Boys again meant so much to me that I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Luckily, I was able to get this new cutting edge procedure that totally worked. But after this last run in Australia it came back and I had the procedure redone this week.

“I feel so much better already and can’t wait to get back to my second home, London!! See you soon.”

Wilson and The Beach Boys are scheduled to perform at London’s Wembley Arena on September 28.

Brian Wilson "Songwriter 1962 – 1969" on DVD 11/23

An in-depth review of the Wilson’s songs through the ’60s

Brian Wilson “Songwriter 1962 – 1969” is a documentary film investigating the rich tapestry of music written and produced by this brilliant 20th century composer. 

The songs Wilson wrote for and recorded with The Beach Boys during the 1960s are brilliantly re-assessed throughout the main DVD feature which runs over three hours in length across two discs.

There are exclusive contributions from fellow Beach Boys, Bruce Johnston and David Marks; Wrecking Crew musicians Carol Kaye and Hal Blaine; friend and Beach Boys manager Fred Vail; producers Russ Titelman and Bill Halverson; Wilson family friends Billy Hinsche and Danny Hutton, biographers Peter Ames Carlin and Domenic Priore and many others.

Also featured are historical musical performances and rare and classic recordings re-assessed by a panel of esteemed experts, and obscure footage, rare archive interviews and seldom seen photographs. Live and studio recordings of many Brian Wilson classics are also peppered in throughout the film.

Recently rumors of a possible Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour featuring all of the surviving members have been circulating. In other news, a new album entitled “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin” was released on August 17th.

Beach Boy Brian Wilson Loves Katy Perry’s California Gurls

Beach Boys star Brian Wilson has given Katy Perry his blessing to become the girl of summer – he loves her take on his band’s seasonal songs.
Perry has revealed she wrote 2010 summer anthem California Gurls as a t ribute to the fun-loving surf pop of the Beach Boys – and Wilson is thril led she’s a fan of his hits.
Wilson, who co-wrote the original California Girls, tells the Los Angel es Times, “I love her vocal. She sounds very clear and energetic… The melody is infectious.”