Brian Wilson happy to have an old friend on new record, tour

First Posted: 4/22/2015

NEW YORK (AP) — While Brian Wilson doesn’t plan to officially reunite with the surviving members of the Beach Boys, having an old friend sing on a new record certainly provided a comfort zone.

Former bandmate Al Jardine, who sang lead vocals on Wilson’s 1965 chart-topping single “Help Me, Rhonda,” appears on a few tracks on his recently released “No Pier Pressure,” and Wilson couldn’t be happier.

“He sang my song ‘Sail on, Sailor’ in 1972, then he sang ‘Sail Away’ for me on this album,” the 72-year-old singer-songwriter said in a recent interview. “He still sounds as good as he ever did.”

Brothers Dennis, Brian and Carl Wilson, along with their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, got together in 1961 to create songs about surfing, fast cars and girls and became a top musical group. Their hits include “Good Vibrations” and “California Girls.”

The Beach Boys combined the harmonies of a jazz-vocal group with the energy of a rock ‘n’ roll band. Wilson took it further with unusual musical arrangements, creative studio production and a tapestry of sounds that enhanced each song.

“We did it mostly with our voices, with harmonies. We did the harmonies together; we had five voices recorded four times to make 20 voices,” Wilson said, describing the rich vocal arrangements he was able to produce in the studio.

Regarded by his peers as a musical genius, the multitasking Wilson’s vision was an important part of the California Sound. Initially, his songs were catchy optimistic tunes, but they became more sophisticated and experimental. He wrote the music, performed it and worked his magic at the recording console.

“I love to make people happy, that’s one of my main things,” Wilson said of his distinctly gentle sound. But he wouldn’t describe himself as a “musical genius.”

“Not a genius, but a good producer, not a genius. I’ve been called a genius, but I’m not really a genius.” Then he added: “Well, it makes me feel like I have a lot of versatility.”

Wilson suffered a series of nervous breakdowns in the ’60s and stopped touring with the group.

After a long recovery, he began recording again. For his eleventh solo album, he was able to attract young recording artists like Kasey Musgraves, Nate Ruess of fun. and Zoey Deschanel and M. Ward, known as She & Him.

Wilson will tour this summer with Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, who had a brief stint with the Beach Boys in the early 1970s.

The surviving original members — including Jardine and Love — reunited in 2012 for the band’s 50th anniversary.

When asked if he will ever tour again as a Beach Boy, Wilson replied: “No. Probably not.”

Still, Wilson loves performing, along with the adrenaline rush he gets when he’s onstage.

“When the audience claps very loud that makes me very happy.”

Sandra Bullock named People’s ‘Most Beautiful Woman’

NEW YORK (AP) — People magazine has named Sandra Bullock as the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” for 2015.

The 50-year-old actress, who voices a supervillain in the upcoming movie “Minions,” tops the magazine’s list, announced Wednesday.

Commenting on being selected for this year’s cover, Bullock says she just laughed when she heard about the honor. “No, really. I just said, ‘That’s ridiculous,’” she tells the magazine. “I’ve told no one.”

Bullock, who won an Oscar for “The Blind Side,” says she’s found beauty in her role as mother to her 5-year-old son, Louis.

Dr. Oz: We will not be silenced

NEW YORK (AP) — Vowing that “we will not be silenced,” television’s Dr. Oz is fighting back against critics who are trying to get him removed from a faculty position at Columbia University.

Dr. Mehmet Oz will air an episode of his syndicated talk show on Thursday that specifically takes on the group of 10 doctors from around the country who wrote to a Columbia dean about him. The group suggested last week that Oz promotes “quack treatments” of weight loss supplements with no scientific proof that they work.

Oz taped a message previewing his show where he said he knows he has alienated people in “our quest to make America healthy.”

But he said freedom of speech is a fundamental right of Americans, and the other doctors are trying to silence him.

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