Wilson Phillips

I recently made posts on Brian Wilson and The Mamas & The Papas so I thought I’d do a post on their musical offspring Wilson Phillips!

Wilson Phillips is an American pop group formed in Los Angeles in 1989. The group consists of Carnie and Wendy Wilson, the daughters of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and Chynna Phillips, the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas.

Their 1990 eponymous debut album sold over 10 million copies worldwide and included five major US hit singles, three of which went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1990, the group won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for “Hold On“, and was nominated for five Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards.


The Wilson sisters and Phillips grew up together in Southern California in the 1970s and 1980s. The three shared a love of music and songwriting, and developed their own style of vocal harmonies. In 1989, the trio signed with SBK Records. The group is also known for being the offspring of prominent musicians; the Wilsons are the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and Marilyn Rovell of The Honeys, while Phillips is the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas. Wilson Phillips released their debut album, Wilson Phillips, in 1990. Their debut single, “Hold On,” hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1990, bumping Madonna‘s “Vogue” off the top spot. The single was also number one on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary and became a worldwide hit, peaking at number two in Australia, number six in the UK, number seven in Ireland, number 10 in Sweden, and number 15 in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland. The single also won Wilson Phillips the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for 1990. The second and fourth singles from the album also became number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100: “Release Me” (two weeks) and “You’re in Love” (one week). The singles “Impulsive” and “The Dream Is Still Alive“, peaked at number four and number 12, respectively, on the Hot 100.

In 1991, they contributed a recording of “Daniel” to the tribute album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin. While not released as a single, it peaked at number seven in the US Adult Contemporary chart due to strong radio airplay. They also released the song “You’re in Love” the same year, which scored as a number one (and to date, their last top-10) pop single. In 1992, Wilson Phillips also made history as Billboard declared their debut album the best-selling album of all time by an all female group, peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart, and selling over 5 million copies in the US and over 10 million copies worldwide, which also made Wilson Phillips, at the time, the best-selling female group of all time for a single album, breaking the previous record set by The Supremes.


I enjoy their catchy melodies and nice harmonies!

They broke up after 3 years, the same as The Mamas & The Papas had done, but have since reunited several times.

5 responses to “Wilson Phillips”

  1. Wow, I had no idea that Wilson Phillips are the offspring of the Mamas and the Papas and The Beach Boys. Wilson Phillips is nostalgia from my childhood. Excellent blog post as usual, Zachary! Thanks for bringing back the good memories!


    • You are welcome, sister! Talk about musical genes! It reminds me of the Bach family, they were renowned for being excellent musicians from the 15th through 17th century! The great Bach was Johann Sebastian Bach who had 21 children and wrote my favorite music! Bach wrote that the chief aim of music is to glorify God! Bach was a very devout Lutheran in Germany! He lived 1685 – 1750 in what is known as the Baroque period of music. His death signaled the end of the Baroque period. I think you should go to my blog and use the Search function. Enter “Bach” and it will show you all the posts I have written on him and his music! Most posts have YouTube videos you can enjoy! Thanks for commenting sis!


  2. I remember singing this song at a picnic in 1900! It’s a really good song, a message of hope and inspiration and a strong belief in God and that things will get better!

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