Billy Hinsche

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Billy Hinsche
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Hinsche performing live in 2017
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Hinsche
Born(1951-06-29)June 29, 1951
Manila, Philippines
DiedNovember 20, 2021(2021-11-20) (aged 70)
Years active1965–2021

William Hinsche (June 29, 1951 – November 20, 2021) was an American musician who was a co-founding member of the singing trio Dino, Desi & Billy and a keyboardist for the Beach Boys' backing band.


Hinsche was born in Manila, the Philippines, the son of Celia Bautista and Otto "Doc" Hinsche, who owned a local casino. His father was from New Jersey and his mother was a Filipina.[1] The family moved to the United States and settled in Beverly Hills. Hinsche attended Loyola 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.[2][3]

In the late 1960s, Hinsche began to work as a session musician for The Beach Boys. Although he declined at least one offer to formally join the group in favor of continuing his education in August 1969, he toured extensively with the band as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (often playing keyboards and rhythm guitar) from 1971 to 1977 and 1982 to 1996. His sister, Annie Hinsche-Wilson-Karges, was married to the group's guitarist, Carl Wilson.[2] He earned a B.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television in 1974.

Billy Hinsche 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.[citation needed]

Hinsche died after a short battle with lung cancer on November 20, 2021. His mother, Celia Hinsche, also died on the same day.[4]


Singles with Dino, Desi & Billy[edit]

  • 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 Out 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 Outline—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[edit]

  • 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[5]
  • The Rebel Kind: The Best of Dino, Desi & Billy -- Sundazed, 1996

Albums with Ricci, Desi & Billy[edit]

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

Albums with The Beach Boys[edit]

Albums with Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys[edit]


  • Murderer's Row (1966)
  • 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
  • Dean Martin: King of Cool - Appian Way/Danny Strong Productions - TCM 2021 [6]


  1. ^ "William Hinsche Obituary - Los Angeles, CA".
  2. ^ a b Gaines, Steven S. (1995). Heroes and Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys. Da Capo Press. p. 185. ISBN 0-786-75104-5.
  3. ^ Martin, Ricci; Smith, Christopher E. (2002). That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 143–145. ISBN 0-878-33272-3.
  4. ^ "Bill Hinsche of Dino, Desi & Billy Dies at 70 on the Same Day as His Mom". November 20, 2021. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  5. ^ 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 Follow Me soundtrack particulars;
  6. ^ "Dean Martin: The King of Cool".

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