Carl Wilson


December 21, 1946 – February 6, 1998

Carl Wilson was a guitarist/songwriter/vocalist who skyrocketed to fame alongside brothers, Brian and Dennis, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine as the Beach Boys.  Though a background singer for the early years of the band, Carl broke out with lead vocals on such hits as “God Only Knows” and “Good Vibrations.” He also became the defacto leader of the band after big brother, Brian, retired from touring.  Wilson’s career, though weighted heavily by it, was not confined to the Beach Boys, however.  He recorded a couple of solo albums in the 1980’s and was a common fixture in the studio, working with fellow superstars like Chicago and Elton John.

Despite a devastating diagnosis of lung cancer, the ever-spiritual Wilson continued to tour and perform until the end.  In February of 1998, Carl Wilson’s iconic voice was silenced forever. He was 51.


Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Section D; in the main central lawn section, Carl is buried 6 rows north of the southern road, about 15 spaces from the eastern curb.


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