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10 weird facts about the Beach Boys

1 Drummer Dennis Wilson’s sixth wife was the illegitimate daughter of his band-mate cousin, Mike Love.

2 Brian’s psychotherapist, Dr. Eugene Landy, briefly managed jazz guitarist George Benson.

3 At one time, Brian considered diet/exercise guru Richard Simmons as an alternative to Landy.

4 Charles Manson and Co. lived with Dennis in his Sunset Boulevard home in spring and summer of ‘68.

5 The Beach Boys recorded Manson’s ”Cease to Exist” (as ”Never Learn Not to Love”) on the B side of their 1968 single ”Bluebirds Over the Mountain.”

6 Deaf in one ear, Brian cannot hear in stereo.

7 Mike and Dennis so hated each other that a mutual restraining order was obtained to keep them apart.

8 After pleading no contest to cocaine possession charges, Brian’s black girlfriend claimed that bandmates, unaccepting of her relationship with Brian, had arranged for the drugs to be planted in her bags.

9 Ronald Reagan called then-Secretary of the Interior James Watt on the carpet for forbidding the Beach Boys to play a 1983 July 4 gig on the Mall in D.C.

10 After painting Brian’s portrait, an exec with his label, Brother Records, quit under duress once Brian became convinced the work had ”captured” his soul.

Source: Heroes & Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys, by Steven Gaines (Da Capo Press).