2012

bullet Billy will be on tour in early 2013 with California Surf, Inc. — featuring musicians who have toured and recorded with The Beach Boys. Longtime former touring members Bobby Figueroa, Billy Hinsche, Ed Carter, Matt Jardine, and Philip Bardowell will take you on a 90-minute music journey through the history of The Beach Boys, performing all the hit songs such as “Surfin' USA,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Kokomo” and “California Girls.” More.

Feb. 25 — Herb Strauss Theater, Sanibel, FL
Feb. 26 — Charlotte County Cultural Center, Port Charlotte, FL
Feb. 27 — Chateau Elan, Sebring, FL
Feb. 28 — The Villages, FL
March 1 — King's Point, Sun City Center, FL
March 2 — Martin Theatre, Panama City, FL
March 9 — Englewood Music Festival, Englewood, FL

(updated 12-7-12)

 

2010

bullet Special Screening: Billy will screen his film 1974 — On the Road with The Beach Boys at the 2010 Pawtucket, RI Arts Film Festival. Two screenings will take place on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main Street in Pawtucket, RI (USA). Billy will conduct a Q&A and perform an acoustic set following each screening. Tickets are $10 and includes a catered reception and autograph session. An after-party and jam session with Billy will be held at The Comfort Inn, 2 George St. in Pawtucket, RI at 10 p.m. immediately following the film's screenings (so bring your acoustic instruments). (updated 8-28-10)

bullet Billy was a featured artist at Rock Con's “Weekend of 100 Rock Stars fan-friendly fest that ran from July 30 - August 1, 2010 at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center in E. Rutherford, NJ. He was joined by Al Jardine, Mary Wilson, Tommy James, Little Anthony, Andy Kim, Ron Dante, and many of his other contemporaries for what Billy describes as, “a weekend that is comparable to country music's Fan Fair... an opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with many of your favorite performers.” The event featured a screening of Billy's latest documentary film 1974 — On the Road with The Beach Boys. More info. (updated 8-16-10)

bullet Billy has a few upcoming shows with Al Jardine, who is touring in support of his new CD A Postcard from California. Dates include: Wednesday, July 21 — Palm Desert, CA (La Quinta, private show); Wednesday, August 25 — Louisville, KY (State Fair) with Dean Torrence; and Saturday, September 4 — Phoenix, AZ (Casino Arizona) with Dean Torrence. (7-16-10)

bullet A new Brian Wilson documentary is in the works by a group of young, independent UK filmmakers who specialize in biographies about people in the field of music. Billy was contacted and agreed to do a lengthy interview that was conducted on the lovely beach at Santa Monica Bay. He facilitated in getting David Marks and Bruce Johnston to participate, and they both make contributions to this documentary. The film concentrates on the music of Brian Wilson in the '60s and is devoid of any private issues or sensational aspects of Brian's personal life. It is destined for a DVD release. (7-16-10)

bullet Academy Award winning Director Quentin Tarantino has included a song Billy recorded during his years with Dino, Desi & Billy called “She's So Far Out She's In” as part of the soundtrack to his company's production of the cult classic biker movie Hell Ride. The official synopsis reads: “Hell Ride is a raucous throwback to the days of the Sergio Leone spaghetti western, with a heaping helping of testosterone-fueled chopper action thrown into the mix.” The movie is directed by Larry Bishop, the son of noted American comic and Rat Pack member, Joey Bishop, and is now available on DVD. More. (7-16-10)

bullet Deana Martin (Dean's daughter) asked Billy to join her onstage to sing a duet during a weekend stint at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 24, 2010. The two old friends performed a very personal version of Dean's signature mega-hit “Memories Are Made of This.” Desi Arnaz, Jr. also joined them onstage. (updated 7-26-10)

bullet Billy has released his latest video project, 1974 — On the Road with The Beach Boys. More. (updated 1/12/10)

 

2009

bullet Billy appeared at ESQ's “Pet Sounds Safari,” record show and fan convention in Cornelius and Davidson (near Charlotte), NC on Sept. 12, 2009, joining David Marks, Dean Torrence, and others. The event benefitted the Cornelius Animal Shelter. More. (updated 9/25/09)

 

2008

bullet Congratulations go to Justyn and Britta Wilson, on the birth of their son Dean Carl Wilson, born June 18, 2007 and their daughter Neva Venae Wilson, born August 6, 2008. Dean and Neva are the grandchildren of Justyn's parents, Annie Wilson-Karges and the late Carl Wilson (of Beach Boys' fame). Billy is their great uncle. (updated 8/25/08)

 

2007

bullet Billy joined Brian Wilson on his Summer 2007 European tour. Photos. (9/15/07)

Lee Hazlewood
Photo: Billy Hinsche

bullet IN MEMORIAM: Producer, writer and singer Lee Hazlewood lost his battle with renal cancer on August 4, 2007, at his home near Las Vegas. He was 78. Lee was a hit songwriter (“These Boots Are Made for Walking,” “Jackson,” “Houston”), recording artist, and producer, as well as composer for several film scores. He also produced four albums for Dino, Desi & Billy. After being diagnosed with his fatal disease, Lee chose to work on one final album, Cake or Death, which was released in 2007. (8/6/07)

bullet Billy has assembled a 5 minute promo reel for concert buyers to promote his very own show, “Billy Hinsche of Dino, Desi & Billy.” The show features songs of DD&B, original compositions and a Beach Boys classic he has long been associated with — “Sail on Sailor.” (3/20/07)

bullet Billy continues to teach music to kids for both piano and guitar. (3/20/07)

bullet Since the Carl Wilson Foundation has been doing their annual Golf Scrambles in Michigan, Billy has become an avid golfer and plays regularly with friends in Vegas. (3/20/07)

bullet Whenever possible, Billy continues to write more and more stories for his long-awaited book, tentatively titled I Got Around. See the Writings section for some samples. (3/20/07)

 

2006

bullet On Oct. 5, Billy leaves for his annual trip to the UK along with Jeff Foskett. The duo are being billed as the “Music Legends.” Billy says, “I thought Jeff and I should call this the 'Back to the Basics' tour, since this all started with just the two of us performing for the Beach Boys Britain Fan Club and the German Fan Club back in 2002.” There are 2 shows scheduled at the Brentwood Center Marquee on Saturday, Oct. 14 (2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.). (9/25/06)

bullet On Saturday, Sept. 2, Billy did his very own show at “The Club” at the Cannery in Vegas, performing a 1 hour set that featured the hits of Dino, Desi & Billy, his original teen group from the '60s. Billy's backup band was the popular local Vegas group, Tripsitter. Billy kicked off an all day '60s show featuring the Kingsmen (“Louie, Louie”), the Outsiders (“Time Won't Let Me”), the Looking Glass (“Brandy”), and his Aussie pals, Sixtiesmania. Immediately after his performance, Billy hopped a plane to Reno, NV, where he joined Al Jardine and the Endless Summer Beach Band for a evening show at the Red Hawk Resort. (9/25/06)

bullet Billy is working on another DVD project, Hotel Tips for Teens, an educational short-subject piece in full color and hosted by Paris and Nicky Hilton when they were 15 and 13 years old, respectively. Their parents, Rick and Kathy Hilton, are old friends of Billy's and agreed to let the girls do this project, which was shot on location at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 1995. The footage was originally done as an accompaniment to Know the Road, Billy's amusing yet informative travel tips video. Price and release date TBD. (6/5/06)

bullet John Hall, president of Rickenbacker International Corporation, asked Billy to host and perform during a 3-day weekend fundraising event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the company, benefiting the Museum of Making Music located in Carlsbad, CA. Friday, Aug. 25 was a tour of the RIC guitar factory in Santa Ana, CA; Saturday, Aug. 26 was the VIP reception at the Museum, and the weekend culminated with a stellar lineup of Rickenbacker owners at the House of Blues on the famous Sunset Strip in LA. Along with Billy, there were performances by the Smithereens, Peter Buck (REM), Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs (Bangles), Chris Squire (Yes), and others. The headliner was Jefferson Starship with San Francisco rocker Paul Kantner. Billy's backup band included Dennis Diken on drums (Smithereens and USA Legends), nephew Murphy Karges (Sugar Ray) on bass, and the incomparable Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan) on lead guitar. Skunk has been a good friend to RIC, Billy and Carl Wilson over the years, having produced Carl's second album, Youngblood. (9/25/06)

 

2005

bullet Editing has begun on 1974, the title of Billy's new DVD project, shot entirely on the road during the Beach Boys' summer tour of the same year. This black and white footage is the same from which the “One in a Million” and “The Match” short-subject films were gleaned. (10/13/05)

bullet Billy has assembled a collection of over 30 songs which he has written and recorded over the past 25 years and plans to release them on his new CD, Mixed Messages. The CD (likely to be a double disc set) represents the entire range of Billy's musical influences, including rock, pop, R&B, country, Latino, and gospel. Recorded in many different studios, both professional and otherwise, the recordings reflect different levels of production value that vary from simple to full-blown productions. “I have wanted to do this project for many years and really need to get this done,” says Billy. Look for a December release on RD&B Records. (10/13/05)

bullet Billy has released a DVD set, The Road Well Traveled, which includes the rock 'n' roll travel tips tutorial hosted by Billy, “Know the Road” (1995); a special song and video tribute to Dennis Wilson, “One in a Million” (1974); and a short subject comedy featuring Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Billy, Ricky Fataar, Bobby Figueroa, Ed Carter, and Carli Muñoz, “The Match” (1974). Footage from "The Match" is rare, never-before-seen video, shot during the Beach Boys' 1974 summer tour and recently edited. Total DVD running time is 80 minutes approximately. More. (updated 2/17/05)

bullet Billy continues to write and edit more chapters for his long awaited book, I Got Around (Volume 1). The book is now being “shopped around” to major publishers. More info. (updated 1/4/05)

 

2004

bulletBilly has incorporated the harmonica into his music lessons that already include guitar and piano. Of course, one of the first songs the students learn is “Mountain of Love” on which Billy played harmonica for the Beach Boys' Party album back in 1965. (5/2/04)

bullet The 2004 CineVegas Film Festival screened a short subject, black & white, 3.5 minute film dedicated to the late Dennis Wilson that Billy shot on tour with the Beach Boys in the summer of 1974 as part of a UCLA film project. The film's soundtrack is Billy's composition of “One in a Million.” The film is also titled One in a Million and was debuted publicly at the Dennis Wilson Bash in Santa Monica, CA in December 2003. The film festival runs from June 11-19. (5/2/04)

bullet In a related story, Endless Summer Quarterly has chosen Billy's “One in a Million” as the title track on ESQ's special release for their subscribers (and Dennis Wilson Bash attendees), featuring tracks submitted by many talented artists, including Al Jardine, Adam Jardine, Scott Bennett (with Brian Wilson), David Marks, In Bloom's Carl B. Wilson and Justyn Wilson, Michael Angeloff (with Beach Boy Carl Wilson), Gary Griffin (with Jeff Foskett), and others. (updated 5/2/04)

bullet The April 2004 issue of Las Vegas Food & Beverage magazine features a generous 2-page article and interview with Billy and his lifelong friend, Desi Arnaz, Jr., in which the two talk about the historical town of Boulder City, NV, its fine restaurants, and Desi's Boulder City Theatre. Billy is the magazine's “Music & Atmosphere Editor,” and will be writing about various restaurants in Las Vegas, with the emphasis on their musical ambiance and conviviality. (5/2/04)

bullet Billy has written two new songs entitled “Merima” and “With This Heart,” that he plans to record sometime in the near future. (5/2/04)

bullet The Boulder City Dance Studio (Nevada) will present a musical recital on Valentine's Day (Saturday, February 14) featuring the young people with whom Billy has been teaching guitar and piano. The age of the students ranges from 8 to 14 years old. Featured songs will include the Everly Brothers' “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Let It Be,” “On Broadway,” and a Beach Boys segment including “Little Deuce Coupe,” “In My Room” and “Kokomo.” (2/3/04)

bullet Billy has been chosen to be a talent judge at the USA World Pageant to be held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 21. Other judges will include BluBlocker Calendar model Leila Sas (former Miss Hungary), one of the Platters, and Billy's old buddy from the '60s rockin' pop group Paul Revere & the Raiders, bassist Phil “Fang” Volk. (2/3/04)

bullet Ricci Martin and the Pack (of which Billy is the Musical Director) have been hired to play a private party for Washington, D.C. bigwigs on Friday, April 30. (2/3/04)

 

2003

bullet Billy will once again return to Europe with his partner, Jeff Foskett, for return engagements at the Wycliffe Rooms in Lutterworth, UK Midlands (Saturday, March 15); Park View House Hotel at 14 Hermitage Place, Leith Links, Edinburgh (Tuesday, March 18); and Bergischer Hof in Solingen, Germany (Saturday, March 22). Current plans for the Lutterworth appearance call for a 1 p.m. start time, running until 6 p.m. Entrance fee will be £20; the program format should be similar to last year's Chingford appearance. (1/16/03)

bullet Billy Hinsche and Jeff Foskett will be joining original Beach Boy David Marks as Dave's special guests, along with the California Girls, in concert on Saturday, October 4, 2003 at the Apache Gold Casino/Resort near Globe, AZ. (8/10/03)

bullet In a surprise Roast of Martin Sheen (ala the Dean Martin television Roasts) Billy Hinsche, Ricci Martin, and Wayne Tweed provided some musical and comedic entertainment for the packed VIP party held at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 15. The cast and crew of television's The West Wing were treated to a “straight” version of Dean Martin's signature song, “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime,” and Billy wrote some “special lyrical material” for Ricci to sing for their second and last song of the night, “Martin Sheen is Made of This” (nee: “Memories Are Made of This”), which satirized Sheen's illustrious career. (11/17/03)

bullet Billy has moved to Las Vegas, NV, and will be teaching beginning guitar and piano lessons to children at his new office in the Boulder Theatre in Boulder City, NV, owned by his partner and friend, Desi Arnaz, Jr. (updated 5/20/03)

bullet I Got Around (Volume 1) is scheduled to be published by Parlor Grand Publishing. The book, the first in a series, was written by Billy and will be a collection of true, nonfiction, short stories which are autobiographical in nature. The stories will reflect a wide range of experiences both personal and professional. Billy has currently shifted his focus to the graphic side of the project and has been compiling photos. A cover photo has already been chosen.

bullet Endless Summer Quarterly featured an excerpt from the book in its summer 2002 issue. The chapter is titled “The Great White Hunters” and is about a hunting trip that Dennis Wilson took Billy on when he was just 15. ESQ says “the story is touching, frightening, and hysterical.” (updated 1/16/03)

 

2002

bullet Billy was a featured performer at the The Carl Wilson Foundation Benefit Concert that was held Sunday, October 6, 2002 at Royce Hall on the campus of his alma mater, UCLA. Billy and Matthew Sweet joined with Brian Wilson and his band to sing “Sail On Sailor.” The concert also featured Eric Clapton, Sugar Ray, The Wilsons, and In Bloom. Billy joined with Ricci Martin and Jeffrey Foskett as tour guides for the first CWF Historical Bus Tour of Beach Boys-related sites (including Brian Wilson's lemonade stand) earlier the same day. Billy and Jeff also led the sing-a-long at the CWF's post-Walk Beach Party the day before. (updated 11/17/02)

bullet Billy has released his very first solo CD entitled Bay of Plenty, recorded in New Zealand in March, 2002. It is a live, “unplugged” recording of songs he has written over many years, including tunes that have been recorded by Dino, Desi & Billy; Nelson Riddle; Dean Martin; Ricci, Desi & Billy; and Carl Wilson. Billy also explains the circumstances surrounding the writing of each song in an anecdotal way. More. (updated 5/28/02)

bullet Billy is now part of a group of veteran musicians and singers calling themselves Beach Party! He'll be singing and playing a lot more guitar in this brand new configuration which specializes in Beach Boys material. David Marks personally asked him to be a part of this group. (1/26/01)

bullet Billy Hinsche and Jeffrey Foskett are back from their successful world tour, having played a number of dates during February and March of 2002 in New Zealand, including the ROAR festival in Hokitika. Singer-songwriter Andy Kim and Chicago's Robert Lamm were also part of this show. Billy and Jeff played dates in Germany and England and then joined Ricci Martin's all star band for a show at the Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on April 6. (updated 4/13/02)

 

2001

bullet Billy played with Al Jardine's Family & Friends Beach Band at a private party in Pebble Beach, CA on Saturday, January 12, 2002, and performed with David Marks' Beach Party! at a private engagement in Newport Beach on Tuesday, January 15, 2002. (12/18/01)

bullet The critically acclaimed I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special will be re-run on CBS sometime in January 2002 in which Billy's composition, “Patria,” is performed by Desi and Lucie Arnaz along with the legendary Grammy Award winning Cuban trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval. (12/18/01)

bullet Billy is gearing up for another round of shows with Ricci, Desi & Billy at Desi's Theatre in Boulder City, Nevada, tentatively scheduled for May, 2002. He has written some new songs which will be incorporated into the set. (12/18/01)

bullet Billy Hinsche just completed a successful appearance with Jeffrey Foskett on March 10 at “The Roar” in Hokitika, New Zealand. (3/17/01)

bullet I Love Lucy is celebrating its 50th year anniversary. As part of the extended “Lucy” family, Ricci, Desi & Billy are making a number of appearances related to this celebration.

bullet Billy will be joining Ricci Martin & the All-Star Band for the Italian Heritage Festival in Clarksburg, WV on Sunday, Sept. 2. (5/25/01)

bullet Guitar One magazine ran interviews with Carl Wilson and Alan Jardine in their November 2001 issue. Billy conducted both interviews, the one with Carl in 1981 and the one with Al in 2001. Carl discusses his guitars, influences, and recording. (updated 11/29/01)

bullet Once again, Billy served as organizer and music director for the Carl Wilson Foundation Benefit Concert held at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, October 14. Participating artists included Brian Wilson, Timothy B. Schmit, In Bloom, The Honeys, The Wilsons, Robert Lamm from the band Chicago, and America. Visit the Carl Wilson Walk Against Cancer IV site for details and photos of the weekend's activities. (updated 9/5/01)

 

2000

bullet Billy has written the liner notes for John Hunter Phillips' new CD Diamonds On The Beach. He also sings a duet with John on “One More Night Alone.”(1/14/00)

bullet Billy, along with his nephews/Carl's sons Jonah and Justyn Wilson, were present at the opening NAMM (National Association of Music Manufacturers) ceremonies on Feb. 3 for interviews, autograph signing and for a casual, personal “meet and greet” in support of the official release of the Carl Wilson LE Rickenbacker guitar. All three have looked forward to this moment for a long time (guitar has been in the works for three years). (1/18/00)

bulletPatria” is a new song which Billy wrote for a project his partner Desi Arnaz, Jr. had been working on last year. The project (a musical) is about a Cuban family who relocated to the United States in the 1950s. Desi mentioned the song and the project during a recent TV Guide Online interview, “Arnaz just says 'No' to Castro.(5/00)

bullet Billy will be a guest on Mike McCann's nationally syndicated radio show The Oldies Countdown, in July. Several stations will be webcasting the program, including the following sites and times:

bullet Billy has been working with Van Dyke Parks, helping to assemble and organize an overture of Brian Wilson compositions for Brian's upcoming symphonic tour. Billy says he is “very grateful and honored” for the opportunity. (6/1/00)

bullet Billy will be playing keyboards with Michael Campion's band Surf City on July 14, 2000 at the Riviera Country Club in Beverly Hills. Look for Ricci, Desi and Billy to appear with Dean Torrance's Surf City All-Star Band at the Vegas Hilton July 15, 2000. (6/30/00)

bullet Billy will be interviewed on Luxuriamusic.com on the Eric Bonerz show on Friday, July 21, 2000, 6-9 p.m. ET (3-6 p.m. PT). This Internet broadcast will include video and chat room appearance, with never-before-heard songs. Topics will include DD&B, RD&B, Alan Jardine's FFBB, The Carl Wilson Foundation, etc. Jonah and Justyn Wilson will be interviewed on same show on Saturday, August 5, 2000, from 5-7 p.m. ET (2-4 p.m. PT). (updated 7/20/00)

bullet Billy was a featured guest at The Stomp's UK BB fan convention in London, England on Saturday, September 16. (updated 9/20/00)

bullet Billy appeared with Robert Lamm, Gerry Beckley, Jonah and Justyn Wilson at the Barnes & Noble Book Store in Long Beach, CA (765l Carson Street) on Sunday, October 1, for a Like A Brother CD signing/ meet and greet session. (updated 10/15/00)

bullet Billy organized the talent for the Carl Wilson Walk/Concert held at Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, CA on Sunday, October 8, 2000. Acts appearing included Brian Wilson, Christopher Cross, Robert Lamm, Blondie Chaplin and Ricci Fataar, The Honeys, The Wilsons, Ricci Martin, Michael Angeloff, and Jeffrey Foskett. Follow the link above to view a photo essay on the event. (updated 12/20/00)

bullet Billy is writing a book — an autobiographical account focusing on highlights of his career with Dino, Desi & Billy and the Beach Boys to be called I Got Around. He is actively looking for a major literary publisher. (12/27/00)

bullet Billy has been writing articles and song analyses for Endless Summer Quarterly. Recent contributions include analyses of “Caroline, No” and “Angel, Come Home.” “Wild Honey” is slated for a future issue of ESQ. Watch the Writings section of this website for upcoming samples of Billy's ESQ articles (currently under construction). (updated 12/27/00)

bullet Billy is working on a solo CD tentatively titled Mixed Messages, which will include unreleased recordings and demos spanning from the '70s through the '90s. (7/20/00)