Billy Hinsche, a singer and songwriter greatest identified for his work within the Nineteen Sixties with Dino Martin Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. earlier than touring with The Beach Boys, has died at age 70. 

According to buddies and former associates, Hinsche died Saturday of most cancers. Actress Lucie Arnaz, a longtime pal and brother of Desi Arnaz Jr., was among the many first to announce the news in an Instagram post. She additionally wrote that Hinsche’s mom, Celia, handed away Saturday at age 95.

It wasn’t instantly identified the place Hinsche, a resident of Henderson, Nevada, died.

“One of the finest humans, friends, storytellers and musicians, on the entire planet just went home to rest,” Arnaz mentioned, noting she had identified Hinsche since childhood. 

“We were like brother and sister,” mentioned the 70-year-old.

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Billy Hinsche joins the Beach Boys on stage.

Billy Hinsche joins the Beach Boys on stage.
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“We lost a great friend, family member, and forever member of The Beach Boys band on Saturday. We’ll miss him greatly,” Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love said via Twitter.

“All of us who had the pleasure of knowing him will miss his jovial nature and immense talent and sense of humor,” mentioned the 80-year-old. “RIP Friend. We Love You Always.”

“Love & Mercy Billy Hinsche,” tweeted Brian Wilson.

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According to his website, Hinsche composed music for his Nineteen Sixties band referred to as Dino, Desi & Billy and had quite a few different contributions, together with co-writing “Away” with Dennis Wilson. Hinsche collaborated with Warren Zevon, Joan Jett, America and plenty of different artists over his prolonged profession.

Dancers keep up with the beat provided by a swinging trio composed of Billy Hinsche, Desi Arnaz Jr., and Dino Martin. The musical combo, were known as "Dino, Desi and Billy." 

Dancers sustain with the beat supplied by a swinging trio composed of Billy Hinsche, Desi Arnaz Jr., and Dino Martin. The musical combo, have been referred to as “Dino, Desi and Billy.” 
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Born June 29, 1951, in Manila, Philippines, Hinsche moved along with his household to Beverly Hills, California, the place he met Dean Martin Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. in highschool. Their band opened for The Beach Boys, Paul Revere & The Raiders and others earlier than Hinsche started recording and performing with The Beach Boys within the Seventies, ’80s and ’90s.

Hinsche, who held a bachelor of high quality arts diploma from the University of California Los Angeles, produced a number of documentaries that includes his time with The Beach Boys. He additionally launched his personal music.

Billy Hinsche has died at age 70.

Billy Hinsche has died at age 70.
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Hinsche’s sister, Annie Wilson, was married to the late Carl Wilson, who died in 1998 of most cancers. Hinsche sat on the board of the Carl Wilson Foundation, which funds most cancers analysis and assists these with the illness.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.