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Brian Wilson on Gershwin’s Music

Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson talks about his new album covering the songs of his musical hero, George Gershwin.

Left: Brian Wilson, 1988; Right: George Gershwin, 1931. (AP)

The music of George Gershwin captured the America of New York City and 1930s urban romance, in “Rhapsody in Blue” and more.  The music of The Beach Boys captured the America of the California coast and 1960’s surfer love. 

Now, Beach Boys leader and songwriter Brian Wilson has brought his famous sound to Gershwin’s famous tunes.  It’s something to hear. We speak with Wilson about Gershwin.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Brian Wilson, founder of The Beach Boys and American pop music legend. His new album is “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin.”

Randy Lewis, pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times since 1981. Read his review of Brian Wilson’s new album.

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