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Billy Hinsche

Billy Hinsche
Background information
Birth name William Hinsche
Born (1951-06-29) June 29, 1951
Manila, Philippines
Genres Rock, pop, surf rock, baroque pop
Occupation(s) vocalist, guitarist, arranger
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1965–present
Labels Capitol
RD&B Records
Associated acts Dino, Desi, & Billy, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson

William "Billy" Hinsche (born June 29, 1951) is an American musician who was part of the singing group Dino, Desi & Billy.


  • Background 1
  • Discography 2
    • Singles with Dino, Desi & Billy 2.1
    • Albums with Dino, Desi & Billy 2.2
    • Albums with Ricci, Desi & Billy 2.3
    • Albums with The Beach Boys 2.4
    • Albums with Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys 2.5
  • Films 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Hinsche was born in Manila, the Philippines, where his father, Otto "Doc" Hinsche, owned a casino. After World War II, the family moved to the United States and settled in Beverly Hills. Hinsche attended Beverly Hills Catholic High School, where he met Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Dean Paul Martin. The three later formed the group Dino, Desi & Billy and signed with Frank Sinatra's record label Reprise Records.[1][2]

In the late 1960s, Hinsche worked as a session musician for The Beach Boys and toured extensively with the band. His sister, Annie Hinsche-Wilson-Karges, was married to the group's guitarist, Carl Wilson.[1] He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Motion Pictures & Television from UCLA in 1974.

Billy Hinsche has provided backing vocals on recordings for Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," Warren Zevon's "Desperados Under The Eaves," America's "Hat Trick," Joan Jett's "Good Music" and others.


Singles with Dino, Desi & Billy

  • Since You Broke My Heart / We Know—Reprise 0324—released 11-2-64
  • I'm A Fool / So Many Ways—Reprise 0367–4-12-65
  • I'm A Fool / So Many Ways /Since You Broke My Heart / We Know—Reprise 60072 ep (France) -- 4-12-65
  • Not The Lovin' Kind / Chimes Of Freedom—Reprise 0401–8-18-65
  • Please Don't Fight It / The Rebel Kind—Reprise 0426–11-10-65
  • Superman / I Can't Get Her Off My Mind—Reprise 0444–1-19-66
  • Tie Me Down / It's Just The Way You Are—Reprise 0462–3-23-66
  • Look Out Girls (Here We Come) / She's So Far She's In—Reprise 0469–5-20-66
  • I Hope She's There Tonight / Josephine—Reprise 0529–10-12-66
  • If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin' / Pretty Flamingo—Reprise 0544–12-13-66
  • Two in the Afternoon / Good Luck, Best Wishes to You—Reprise 0579–4-19-67
  • Kitty Doyle / Without Hurtin' Some—Reprise 0619–8-2-67
  • My What a Shame / The Inside Outside Caspar Milquetoast Eskimo Flash—Reprise 0653
  • Tell Someone You Love Them / General Outlne—Reprise 0698–5-29-68
  • Thru Spray Colored Glasses / Someday—Uni 55127
  • Hawley / Let's Talk it Over—Columbia 4-44975–1969
  • Lady Love / A Certain Sound—Reprise 0965–10-14-70
  • Under A Beach Boy Moon -- (Digital Release Only) -- RD&B Records LLC—5-4-12

Albums with Dino, Desi & Billy

  • I'm a Fool -- Reprise R (Mono)/RS (Stereo) 6176—U.S. #51, 9/65
  • Our Time's Coming—Reprise R/RS 6194—U.S. #119, 2/66
  • Memories Are Made of This—Reprise R/RS 6198–1966
  • Souvenir—Reprise R/RS 6224–1966
  • Follow Me (1969 film) Original Soundtrack -- Uni ST73056–1969[3]
  • The Rebel Kind: The Best of Dino, Desi & Billy -- Sundazed, 1996

Albums with Ricci, Desi & Billy

  • Live In Vegas—RD&B Records, LLC—2001
  • Live From Boulder City—RD&B Records, LLC—2002

Albums with The Beach Boys

Albums with Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys


  • Play Songs of the Beach Boys: Piano Accompaniments to Rock Classics - MFM Productions[VHS]
  • Dennis Wilson Forever - Sony/Bmg Int'l - [DVD] 2008
  • 1974 - On The Road With The Beach Boys - MFM Productions - [DVD] 2009
  • Carl Wilson - Here and Now - MFM Productions - [DVD] 2011
  • 24 HOURS - MFM Productions - [DVD] 2011
  • Know the Road (Redux) - MFM Productions - [DVD] 2012
  • Home Movies - MFM Productions - [DVD] 2012


  1. ^ a b Gaines, Steven S. (1995). Heroes and Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys. Da Capo Press. p. 185.  
  2. ^ Martin,, Ricci; Smith, Christopher E. (2002). That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 143–145.  
  3. ^ Three songs sung by Dino, Desi & Billy, "Thru Spray Colored Glasses" (co-written by Stu Phillips and David Gates), "Like The Wind And Sea" (co-written by Phillips and Ronnie Franklin) and "Just Lookin' For Someone" (co-written by Phillips and Gates). See soundtrack particularsFollow Me;

External links

  • Official website
  • Billy Hinsche at MySpace
  • Billy Hinsche at AllMusic
  • Billy Hinsche discography at Discogs
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