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Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, Brian Wilson’s wife & manager who guided his resurgence, dies at 77

Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, the wife of Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, passed away at the age of 77. Brian shared the heartbreaking news on social media, expressing his deep grief and describing Melinda as more than just a spouse but as his savior and anchor.

Born on October 3, 1946, in Pueblo, CO, Melinda had a successful career in modeling before she met Brian in the mid-1980s while they were both working at a car dealership. Their relationship faced challenges due to the influence of psychologist Eugene Landy, who had controlled Brian’s life with controversial therapy methods. Despite their initial split, Melinda and Brian reconnected and eventually married in February 1995 after Landy was barred from further contact with Brian.

Their love story was portrayed in the biopic “Love & Mercy,” where Melinda was portrayed by Elizabeth Banks. The film depicted their journey through the 1960s and ’80s, highlighting Melinda’s crucial role in helping Brian reclaim his career and legacy.

Throughout their marriage, Melinda supported Brian as he released a dozen albums from 1995 to 2021, including the legendary “Brian Wilson Presents Smile” in 2004. She also played a significant role in Brian’s return to live performances, including tours where he performed the iconic album “Pet Sounds” in its entirety.

Melinda’s contributions extended beyond her role as Brian’s wife. She held producer credits on several of his projects and made appearances on various TV shows.

Melinda Ledbetter Wilson leaves behind a legacy of love, support, and dedication to her husband and his music. Her impact on Brian’s life and career will be forever remembered and cherished.

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