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Audree Neva Wilson; Mother of Beach Boys Founders

December 05, 1997

Audree Neva Wilson, 80, a pianist and organist who spawned a musical dynasty. A native of Minneapolis, Wilson never performed professionally but instilled her love and talent for music into her offspring. Her sons Dennis, Carl and Brian were founding members of the Beach Boys and leaders of the surf music wave in the 1960s. Her nine grandchildren include pop singers Carnie and Wendy Wilson. The widowed Wilson tried to sue Harper Collins earlier this year for publishing her son Brian's autobiography, but a judge ruled that the book did not damage her reputation. He wrote in "Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story" that his mother watched passively as his father beat him as a child. On Monday in Los Angeles of heart and kidney failure.

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