Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson placed under guardianship

Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson placed under guardianship
Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson placed under guardianship

The 81-year-old musician, whose group produced the soundtrack to the Californian sixties legend, needs help in his daily life because of his dementia, which was publicly revealed last year.

His family requested guardianship in January, following the death of his wife Melinda. This request was approved Thursday by a Los Angeles court, which recognized that the artist suffered from a “major neurocognitive disorder” and that he was “incapable of taking care of himself,” according to several American media .

The guardianship of the singer, who has seven children, will be exercised jointly by his agent Jean Sievers and his manager LeeAnn Hard. The singer’s notorious drug use had led to mental health problems, which began to manifest themselves in the late 1960s.

He had described his wife Melinda, whom he met in the 1980s, as a “savior”, who allowed him to have a second career and to finish his unfinished masterpiece, the album “Smile”.

American pop prodigy, Brian Wilson made history in the early 1960s, when he composed rock’s happiest music with more than 200 anthems to sun, surf and tanned girls (“Surfin USA” , “I Get Around,” “Fun Fun Fun,” “Surfer Girl”). He made the Beach Boys the best-selling American group in the world.

From the ages of 19 to 24, the bassist and singer was in his own right the equal of the Beatles: John Lennon considered “Pet Sounds” (1966) to be one of the best albums of all time. After the innocence of the first compositions, the singer ruminated on the loss of youth and moved his group towards a more psychedelic rock.

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