winter   Alan & Lynda divorce.
  January   on the 2nd Brian is admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital for two weeks, for a complete physical.
  He is then flown to Kona, HI, on the 16th, to begin his treatment by Landy.
  February   Carl's second solo album, Young Blood, is released, but fails to chart.
  March   cover of the Mamas & Papas "California Dreamin'" appears on Mike Love project Rock &
  Roll City, rerecordings of classic sixties songs. Available on cassette only from branches of
  Radio Shack, it reportedly sells some 100,000 units. Brian returns to LA. Carl solo 45 "What
  You Do To Me/Time" peaks at #72. It will become a Beach Boys concert staple for the
  summer, as will another album track, "Rockin' All Over The World".
  July   the band gain huge publicity and public support by being effectively banned from the annual
  Independence Day show in Washington when then-Secretary of the Interior James Watt
  decrees that rock bands attract the wrong element, a statement seen as a personal attack on
  the Beach Boys. Vice-president George Bush invites the band to visit the White House on the
  17th. Unsuccessful second single from Young Blood, "Givin' You Up/Too Early To Tell", is
  released. Dennis marries Shawn on the 28th, thus making Mike Love Dennis' father-in-law as
  well as his cousin. 
  September   Capitol release Rarities, a collector's dream of non-album A & B sides, alternate versions and
  previously unreleased material (including an unreleased track for "Good Vibrations"). It fails to
  chart and is soon withdrawn under threat of legal action by the band, who consider it to be not
  representative. Third release on Mike's HitBound label is various artists effort Christmas
  Party, which includes a Mike solo track, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and two
  duets, "Do You hear What I Hear ?" with Mary Macgregor and "Jingle Bell Rock" with Dean
  Torrence. Dennis plays his last show with the band, at the LA County Fairgrounds, Pomona on
  the 26th.
  November   Mike Love Christmas single, "Jingle Bell Rock/Let's Party" is released only in England. The A
  side is a different mix of the Christmas Party track.
  December   Dennis Carl Wilson drowns while swimming in Marina Del Ray on the 28th. He was
  twenty-four days past his 39th birthday.
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