River song by Dennis Wilson 1977 from the album Pacific Ocean Blue
The ‘Denny’ jacket was inspired by the works of Dennis Wilson, the drummer of the Beach Boys. Apart from carrying out a sturdy job from behind the drum kit for the legendary group, he later found himself in a song writing role which he crafted as his detachment from the group was starting to unfold. As Brian Wilson fell further into his own exile of depression, Dennis seemed he could be reflecting his own demons in singing some of Brian’s songs from the almost godlike rousing call of ‘Be With Me’ to the tender cry of ‘Forever’ and ‘Never Learn Not To Love.
He would in turn look to pen some of his own tortured lovelorn songs. ‘Denny’ could have be reflecting on his own life’s highs, lows and comedowns. These moments would take shape in a creative pinnacle which was to be his solo album ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’. This album and other solo work would embrace a roll of soul drenched songs, from ‘River Song’ and ‘Dreamer’ to the haunting cry’s of ‘Thoughts of You’ and later, the fragile ‘Carry Me Home’.
Ribbens raises a glass to his work and dedicated our jacket to Dennis Wilson.