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Name: Carl Wilson  
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Date of Birth: 21st December 1946
Place of Birth: Hawthorne, California, USA
Profession: Composer
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Carl Dean Kelly Wilson (December 21, 1946 - February 6, 1998) was the youngest of the three brothers who made up the core of The Beach Boys.

He was the band's lead Gutarist (composing many of the familar licks on their early songs) as well as a vocalist (notably, on "God Only Knows", "Good Vibrations", "Darlin'", and "This Whole World"). Carl was often considered to have the best voice in the group, even ahead of his brother Brian. When Brian quit touring with the band, Carl replaced many of Brian's vocals.

Carl remained with the group long after Brian had retreated into solitude, and in fact produced some of the band's post-1966 recordings. He composed some of the group's songs in the early 1970s, including "Long Promised Road", "Feel Flows", and "Trader", with lyricist Jack Reiley.

Wilson released two solo albums, 1981's Carl Wilson and 1983's Youngblood. He left the Beach Boys for a solo tour in 1981, but soon returned.

Carl Wilson died from lung cancer on February 6, 1998 at the age of 51.

Two years after his death, his final album project, Like A Brother, was released. It was a collaboration with Robert Lamm of Chicago and Gerry Beckley of America. His vocals are also featured on "Soul Searchin'", from Brian Wilson's 2004 album Gettin' in Over My Head.

In the more than four decades since the early and mid 1960s when The Beach Boys were regularly putting hits on the charts, musical historians have tended with near unanimity to focus on The Beach Boys primarily as a vehicle for Brian Wilson's creative expression. The reality is far more complex. The members of the group, except for Brian, dedicated their lives to touring and performing concerts featuring The Beach Boys hits for their fans to an extent likely unequalled by any other pop group in the world. Carl himself chose to join in 100 tour dates with The Beach Boys during the last year of his life, even as he was dying of lung and brain cancer, on the band's 36th annual tour. No history of The Beach Boys should ever fail to mention the unique achievement of The Beach Boys as the American band which, more than any other pop band, toured and played their hits for their fans, year in and year out.

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