Brief Encounters With Brian Wilson

March 29, 2007

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I was looking through the guest book on my old website and found this message from Van Dyke Parks, one of Brian’s best co-writers, dated December 7, 2005

Dear Artie,
You brought such joy and humanity to our times together, and it’s been
30 years and change since you answered my call and helped Brian Wilson find justice in his publishing at Irving/Almo music. For that, and for the definition you brought to Warner Brothers Records in their lettuce years, here is my total gratitude. Keep writing new music. We’re all ears.

Love, Van Dyke

When I was running Irving/Almo ( A+M records publishing arm) in 1974, Van Dyke Parks called me to congratulate me on my new position and to ask for a substantial songwriting advance on behalf of Brian. I put him on hold, and arranged for a check to be drawn up right away! Then he put me on the phone with Brian Wilson [who I had never met] who said he liked Olivia Newton Johns cover of “God Only Knows”, which I got her to record on my first day at the company!!

Needless to say I was thrilled to talk to one of my idols! I told him an idea I had to update one of his old songs “Good Vibrations”……that included changing one of the most recognizable lines in musical history!!! As I talk/sang my idea into the phone, I could hear Brian laughing on the other end that ended with an,”Okay, sure…try it!!

A few weeks later I got my friend Larry Page to record and release it with the Troggs. It started, “I love the summer clothes you almost wear……..and how the sunlight plays upon your hair……”

Although I wasn’t with the company very long, I’m proud of the fact I was able to get the ball rolling and subsequently help Brian get MILLIONS from all of his songs in the Sea Of Tunes catalog which his father, Murray nefariously sold to Irving/Almo Music.

Copyright 2007 by Artie Wayne

To read the inspiring comments they all made a few months ago at the bottom of my interview with Hank Medress (The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, “He’s So Fine” The Chiffons ) https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/10/31/hank-medress-the-unsung-hero-behind-the-lion-sleeps-tonight-hes-so-fine-and-tie-a-yellow-ribbon/

I really had a good time going through hundreds of YouTube videos, looking for the best versions of songs to go along with this article. “Good Vibrations” ( Wilson/ Asher/ Love) with Brian and the Beach Boys. “God Only Knows” ( Wilson/ Asher) , which Brian wrote in 7 minutes, features the Beach Boys without Brian, with Carl Wilson on lead.

Good Vibrations (1966 B+W)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbkxfuHlcq8

God Only Knows ( French Concert- Live 1969 B+W) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxI-P9CL9OQ

Heroes and Villains ( from Brian Wilson”Smile” tour 2006 ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7z8NRUFyN0

GOOD VIBRATIONS WHICH I GOT THE TROGGS TO COVER! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myN2mxuHddA

Brian Wilson’s website http://www.brianwilson.com/

Van Dyke Parks http://vandykeparks.com/

 

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2 Responses to “Brief Encounters With Brian Wilson”

  1. steveo Says:

    Artie,
    Thanks for the article on Brian Wilson..I knew Brian for about 5 years, between 1968 and 1973…
    He is an early hero of mine…but i must admit,
    after getting to know him, I realzied he is a very
    complex man…I think fame came to him too quickly, and he was not ready for it…plus all of the family
    problems he had growing up made him a very difficult guy to deal with, as he hides a lot of his true emotions behind a facade of bullshit…
    Still,having said that, he is one of the true geniuses
    in pop music, and i’m glad to have suffered thru his personality to get a glimpse of his brilliance.
    Long live Brian Wilson…..

    Steveo

  2. Laura Says:

    Hi Artie,

    Thanks so much for this interesting writeup. Brian Wilson has always been one of my heroes – I suspect strongly that he would disagree with this statement, but he is one of the true geniuses in the music industry, as Steveo points out, and an inspiration to me. He’s been through a lot in his lifetime … heck, he’s been through ten lifetimes in his lifetime!

    Love the new “Vibes” lyric!!! 🙂

    Laura


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