Billy Hinsche is very happy to announce that the single “This Is Elvis” is now available for download. Written and recorded in the fall of 1980 by Beach Boy Carl Wilson and his talented songwriting collaborator, Myrna Smith of The Sweet Inspirations (Elvis Presley's backup singers), this previously unreleased treasure was originally considered for inclusion in the 1981 documentary film, This Is Elvis, but was ultimately not used in the soundtrack.
Billy penned the liner notes for “This Is Elvis.” The track is available for download on CD Baby. All earned proceeds from the download of “This Is Elvis” will solely benefit The Carl Wilson Foundation (CWF).
Never-before-seen footage from the personal home movie archives of the Billy Hinsche and Carl Wilson families. From the early years in exotic Manila to fun among the sunbaked palm trees in Beverly Hills, watch these delightfully rare images of the Hinsches from the '50s and '60s; featuring backyard birthdays, a visit to the San Francisco Zoo, family outings to Pacific Ocean Park (POP), Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, Dodger Stadium and more. Through these images you will get to know Otto “Pop” Hinsche, Celia “Mom” Hinsche and Billy's sister, Annie Hinsche Wilson, married to Carl Wilson. More.
Newly restored both in black & white and in color, this new documentary from director and narrator Billy Hinsche was culled from recently discovered 16mm and 8mm prints and private family photos never seen publicly until now. The soundtrack includes a beautiful and moving original song by Desi Arnaz, Jr. called “My Old Friend” that had its public debut in a live performance at the memorial event for Carl Wilson at the Roxy Theatre in LA in 1998.
Billy's loving film tribute to the late, great Dennis Wilson is now available on DVD. $25, plus $8 for shipping and handling U.S. and Canada / $10 s&h international. See the trailer here.
Originally released in 1998 on VHS and in 2005 as part of the DVD trilogy The Road Well Traveled, Billy Hinsche's popular travel tips video is back and better than ever! Order now for $20, plus $8 for shipping and handling U.S. and Canada/ $10 s&h international.
Billy Hinsche's camera puts you right in the middle of the action with The Beach Boys for 24 exhilarating, exciting and exhausting hours during their 1991 tour. Join Mike Love, Carl Wilson, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston along with Billy and the other members of The Beach Boys Band on a rollicking ride through America's heartland.
Order 24 HOURS for only $24, plus an additional $8 for US and Canada shipping & handling or $10 for worldwide shipping & handling. Use the link above to pay by credit card only for US/Canada orders; other forms of payment also accepted. Special offers available. More information.
Billy Hinsche's brand new 2-disc DVD Carl Wilson — Here and Now is now available. The price for this stunning new documentary film about the life, legacy and music of Carl Wilson is $30, plus an additional $8 for US and Canada shipping & handling or $10 for worldwide shipping & handling. Use the link above to pay by credit card only for US/Canada orders; other forms of payment also accepted. More information.
1974 — ON THE ROAD WITH THE BEACH BOYS
50th Anniversary 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD
A 2-disc expanded version of Billy's documentary, 1974 — On the Road with The Beach Boys (Director's Cut), with additional archival video, vintage film, personal photos, and special guest appearances is now available. Click here to see the Disc 1: Director's Cut trailer, here for the Disc 2: The Interviews trailer, and here for the original trailer. $35, plus an additional $8 for US and Canada shipping & handling, or $10 for worldwide shipping & handling. More information.
Billy Hinsche is now offering personalized, one to one guitar lessons from his home in Las Vegas via SKYPE video. All you need is a computer with a camera, a SKYPE account, and a desire to learn. Billy says, “It's never too late to learn how to play the guitar.” More.
LIVE AT THE CANNERY
Billy's latest live concert CD was recorded at The Club at the Cannery Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on Sept. 2, 2006. $20, plus $4 for shipping and handling U.S. / $6 s&h international. More.
BAY OF PLENTY
Billy's first solo album — $15, plus $2.50 for shipping and handling. More.
Billy toured with Brian Wilson during October 2015. (updated 11-15)
Billy appeared with California Saga in celebration of Mike Love receiving the Ella Award from the Society of Singers, Inc., a charitable nonprofit organization that supports vocalists. The ceremony took place on Feb. 20, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, CA. Billy also joined Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston onstage for their March 8, 2014 show in Nevada. (updated 3-14)
Billy did an extensive tour of Florida in early February with other former and current Beach Boys veteran touring and recording band members Bobby Figueroa, Ed Carter, Matt Jardine and Randell Kirsch. The group is called California Surf, Incorporated (CSI) and they have already done shows in both The United States and Canada. (updated 2-14)
Billy spent a weekend in New York City at the APAP Convention (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) where he was promoting a Las Vegas-based Beach Boys tribute group he is representing called Good Vibrations (formerly Tripsitter). As he puts it, “There was interest in hiring the group from Florida to China.” He also made time to dine with friends at Frank Sinatra’s favorite NYC Italian restaurant, Patsy’s, in midtown Manhattan. (updated 1-14)
Billy spent Christmas morning with the Hinsche/Wilson families at the home of his nephew Justyn Wilson and wife, Britta, and their children. It was a family gathering that included his mother, Celia Hinsche, nephew Jonah Wilson and friend Rona Stevenson, sister Annie Wilson-Karges and husband Terry (who is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A.) The Christmas celebrations continued at the new home of Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford and husband Daniel, where Billy led the exuberant guests in rollicking renditions of “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and a gentle version of “Silent Night.” The choir included The Honeys (Marilyn, Ginger, Diane), Carnie and Wendy Wilson (with husbands Rob Bonfiglio and Dan Knutson respectively), Melinda Wilson, cousin Carl B. Wilson with wife Rebecca, Michael Wilson and wife Samantha; Barbara Wilson, songwriter Stevie Kalinich, and an assortment of children and friends. (updated 12-13)
Carl Wilson’s second solo album, Youngblood, has been released in digital format on Sony Legacy. Billy's song, “One More Night Alone” was recorded by Carl and appears on this album. (updated 12-13)
When the Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck tour came to Las Vegas on October 18, 2013, Billy’s special guests at the VIP soundcheck included Vegas superstar singer Clint Holmes and wife Kelly Clinton, and Bella Electric Strings owner and violinist Nina DiGregorio. Billy later joined the entire assemblage from both bands onstage for the encore that included “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Danny Boy.” (updated 10-13)
October 5 & 6, 2013, found Billy at The Hollywood Autograph Show once again at the Westin LAX. He shared the enormous convention hall room with old friend Billy Mumy and new friend, veteran comedian Marty Allen. Also in attendance was the Beach Boys’ friend, actor David Hasselhoff, who remembered working with the band at Universal Studios. (updated 10-13)
On September 14 & 15, 2013, The Rock and Roll Autograph Show included Billy as one of their special guest attendees at the Westin Hotel at LAX where he spent several days signing autographs and making available his vast inventory of DVDs, CDs and vintage Dino, Desi & Billy photos to fans and collectors from around the world. Several of his buddies from the ‘60s were also there including Gary Lewis (Playboys) and Mark Lindsay (Raiders). Chuck Negron (3 Dog Night), Mark Farner (Grand Funk), Teddy Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar), and many more participated in the weekend event. (updated 9-13)
RICCI, DESI & BILLY
REINCARNATION OF A CLASSIC
Ricci, Desi & Billy's CD, Live from Boulder City, is a full 13-song CD that was recorded on May 5, 2001, at the Historic Boulder Theatre in Boulder City, Nevada. All band members (Jeff Foskett, Bobby Figueroa, Wayne Tweed and Craig Copeland) are featured in their own solo segments during the show. Beyond the music, there are lots of interesting anecdotes and plenty of good humor. Now available on RD&B Records. Visit riccidesibilly.com for details on how to order.
The Ricci, Desi & Billy CD Live in Vegas is also available. To order, call (702) 293-5001. It is a six song, 20 minute set recorded at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in November 1999 when the group opened for Al Jardine's Family & Friends. Samples from the album can be found at RDB's website.
Ricci, Desi & Billy debuted at the 1999 Malibu Carl Wilson Walk Against Cancer. For more information on RDB, please visit the official Ricci, Desi & Billy website and check out the press-release bio offered here on Billy's site. (updated 5/28/02)
Check out The Best Of Dino, Desi & Billy — The Rebel Kind! Twenty tracks, including “Lady Love” co-penned by Brian Wilson, with liner notes by Dennis Diken and lots of rare photos. This CD is available from Sundazed Records.
Also available on CD — I'm a Fool/Our Time's Coming by Dino Desi & Billy and Beached by Ricci Martin!