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Brian Wilson (top right) was the creative force of the Beach Boys.
Brian Wilson (top right) was the creative force of the Beach Boys. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Legendary composer, producer, arranger and performer Brian Wilson, formerly of the Beach Boys. It was Wilson who was most responsible for the Beach Boys' unique sound that fused harmonious rock with the ethos of surfing. After the success of the Beach Boys, Wilson's had a much-publicized 20-year struggle with drugs and emotional problems. In 1988 he produced his first solo album, Brian Wilson. Ten years later he recorded another solo album of new material Imagination.