Roger Daltrey to front Dennis Wilson doc

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Wed Dec 10 05:31:09 PST 2008

>From Broadcast Now:

Roger Daltrey to front Dennis Wilson doc

Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who, will narrate a special one-off documentary commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson for BBC Radio 2.

Pacific Ocean Blues: The Life and Death of Dennis Wilson is a 60-minute documentary by Made in Manchester Productions, which will use interviews with family, friends and bandmates to examine every aspect of his personality and talent.

Contributors include ex-wives Barbara and Carole, surviving members of The Beach Boys and his closest friends, many of whom will be interviewed for the first time.

A founding member of The Beach Boys, Wilson was raised in the shadow of his older brother and musical genius, Brian. As the only surfer in the group, he inspired many of their early hits. He was also the band's pin-up who lived the rock and roll lifestyle that ultimately resulted in his downfall.

Among other things, Wilson starred in a cult movie, married one of his daughter's friends and lived with future serial killer Charles Manson.

Furthermore, he emerged as a musical genius in his own right, recording Pacific Ocean Blue in 1977, which is today considered one of the best albums of that decade.

The programme will look at his song-writing development using music, some of which had not been heard until recently. The doc will also chart the darker side of his life, as he spiralled into drug and alcohol addiction and his struggle to find happiness.

Wilson, who left behind a string of failed marriages and a number of children, drowned at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, in 1983, aged 39.

Made in Manchester creative director Ashley Byrne said: "Dennis Wilson's story, which has never been properly told, is among the most interesting and tragic in rock and roll history."

Pacific Ocean Blues: The Life and Death of Dennis Wilson, was   produced by Matt Haslam, executive produced by Russell Crewe and Ashley Byrne. It will broadcast as part of Radio 2's Christmas and New Year schedule.

    * Author: Rob Shepherd. 

 -Brian in Atlanta
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