Dennis Wilson was the middle brother of Brian and Carl. The only member of the Beach Boys that actually surfed. The drummer. The actor (see 1970s Two-Lane Blacktop co-starring James Taylor). The under-appreciated songwriter (see 1977’s Pacific Ocean Blue, his only solo effort). The ladies man (5 marriages). The style icon (no one wore a jean jacket better).
I read somewhere on a music blog last night that Dennis died of lung cancer. I couldn’t recall the details of his death but this didn’t seem right to me. Here’s a refresher course from the January 16, 1984 issue of People magazine followed by some of our favorite photos of Denny.