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Billy Hinsche (1951–2021), longtime Beach Boys collaborator

by Kirk Fox

Billy Hinsche was a musician who recorded and toured with the Beach Boys for many years.

Beach Boys touring member

Billy Hinsche was a guitarist and vocalist who recorded and toured with the Beach Boys. He formed the pop band Dino, Desi, & Billy in the 1960’s with Desi Arnaz, Jr., and Dean Paul Martin. The group had a top 20 hit in 1965 with the song “I’m a Fool” and opened for the Beach Boys and Paul Revere & the Raiders. Hinsche’s sister Annie was married to the late Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys and he collaborated with the band for decades. He also worked with Elton John, Joan Jett, and Warren Zevon.

Tributes to Billy Hinsche

Full Obituary: Rolling Stone

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