Billy Hinsche, longtime Beach Boys collaborator, has died at the age of 70

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Friends and co-workers say that Billy Hinsche, a singer-songwriter and musician in a 1960s pop band with Dino Martin Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr.

DENVER – Billy Hinssche, a singer-songwriter and musician in a 1960s pop band with Dino Martin Jr. He was 70.

Hinche died Saturday of cancer, said actress Lucie Arnaz, a longtime friend and brother of Desi Arnaz Jr., in an Instagram post. She also wrote that Hinsche’s mother, Celia, died on Saturday at the age of 95.

It was not immediately known where Hinche, a resident of Henderson, Nevada, died. Messages left over by phone, social media and emails to Lucy Arnaz and music and commercial agents for The Beach Boys were not immediately returned Sunday.

“One of the most beautiful people, friends, storytellers and musicians on the entire planet, just went home to rest,” said Arnaz, noting that she has known Hinch since childhood. “We were like brother and sister,” she said.

“We lost a good friend, family member, and forever member of the Beach Boys band on Saturday. We will miss him immensely,” Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love said on Twitter.

“All of us who had the joy of knowing him will miss his jovial nature and immense talent and sense of humor,” Love said. “RIP FRIEND. We always love you.”

“Love & Mercy Billy Hinsche,” Brian Wilson of the band tweeted.

According to his website, Hinsche composed music for his 1960s band known as Dino, Desi & Billy and had many other contributions, including the co-writing “Away” with Dennis Wilson. over his long career.

Born June 29, 1951 in Manila, Philippines, Hinche moved with his family to Beverly Hills, California, where he married Dean Martin Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. met in high school. Their band opened for The Beach Boys, Paul Revere & The Raiders and others before Hinche started recording and performing with The Beach Boys in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Hinsche, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of California Los Angeles, has produced several documentaries with his time with The Beach Boys. He also released his own music.

Hinsche’s sister, Annie Wilson, was married to the late Carl Wilson, who died of cancer in 1998. Hinsche sat on the board of directors of the Carl Wilson Foundation, which funds cancer research and helps with the disease.

This story corrected the spelling of Lucie Arnaz, not Lucy Arnaz.


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