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Brian Wilson Records George Gershwin at Ocean Way

Pictured in Ocean Way’s famed Studio B are, from left: Todd Sucherman, drums; Mark Linett, recording engineer; Paul Von Mertens, co-arranger, horns, harmonica; Probyn Gregory, guitars; Brian Wilson; Scott Bennett, keyboards, vibes, vocals; Jeffrey Foskett, vocals, guitars; Brett Simons, bass; Nelson Bragg, percussion; Nikki Wonder, guitars, vocals.

Photo: David Goggin

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson is recording the music of George Gershwin at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. Gershwin’s estate authorized Wilson to complete unfinished songs Gershwin left incomplete when he died in 1937. Initially, two songs are being recorded for a proposed album that is due out in 2010.

Gershwin’s great-nephew Todd Gershwin is a trustee of the family trust and has stated that both Gershwin and Wilson were musical visionaries known for combining various musical genres in their compositions. The newly completed works may remain as instrumentals, or may develop into full-fledged musical pop songs.

The Gershwin project was the result of overtures by Walt Disney Records President David Agnew, who proposed a two-album contract with Wilson. Both composers are known for their highly successful pop music, as well as for their explorations into more serious orchestral work.

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