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Ricky Wilson (I) (1953–1985)

Ricky Wilson was an American musician best known as the original guitarist and founding member of rock band the B-52's. Born in Athens, Georgia, Wilson was the brother of fellow member Cindy Wilson. At an early age, Wilson developed an interest in music, and learned how to play folk guitar from the PBS series Learning Folk Guitar. Wilson's unusual... See full bio »

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 2019 The Sara Cox Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.40 (2019) ... (writer: "Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time" - uncredited)
 2017 Dare to Be Different (Documentary) (lyrics: "Private Idaho") / (music: "Private Idaho")
 2016 Red Oaks (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Old Flames (2016) ... (writer: "Dirty Back Road" - uncredited)
 2016 Sensitivity Training (writer: "Dance This Mess Around")
 2015 TFI Friday (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 19th Anniversary Special (2015) ... (performer: "It's Your Letters")
 2015 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Hurt Locker: Part 1 (2015) ... (writer: "Rock Lobster" - uncredited)
 2014 One Hit Wonderland (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Groove Is in the Heart by Deee-Lite (2014) ... (writer: "Rock Lobster")
 2013 American Dad! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Faking Bad (2013) ... (writer: "Legal Tender" - uncredited)
 2012 A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise (writer: "Rock Lobster")
 2011 Paul ("Planet Claire")
 2009 Gossip Girl (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Valley Girls (2009) ... (writer: "52 Girls" - uncredited)
 2009 Monsters vs. Aliens (writer: "Planet Claire")
 2008 My Name Is Earl (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Joy in a Bubble (2008) ... (writer: "Rock Lobster" - uncredited)
 2008 Otis (writer: "52 Girls")
 2008 The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (writer: "Rock Monster" - as R. Wilson)
 2007 Knocked Up (writer: "Rock Lobster")
 2006 I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 1979 (2006) ... (writer: "Rock Lobster")
 2005 Family Guy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire (2005) ... (writer: "Rock Lobster" - uncredited)
  My Ex-Family (TV Mini-Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2004) (music - 1 episode, 2004)
- Pojken i flaskan (2004) ... (lyrics: "Private Idaho") / (music: "Private Idaho")
 2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (writer: "Planet Claire")
 2001 CKY 3 (Video) (writer: "Rock Lobster")
 2001 Jackass (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bloody Carpet (2001) ... (writer: "52 Girls" - uncredited)
 2001 Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX (Video Game) (writer: "52 Girls")
 1999 Mystery Men (writer: "Planet Claire")
 1998 The Wedding Singer (writer: "Private Idaho")
 1997 Harald (writer: "Dirty Back Road")
 1996 It's My Party (writer: "Party Out Of Bounds")
 1993 My Favorite Season (writer: "52 Girls" - as R. Wilson)
 1991 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1991) ... (writer: "Rock Lobster")
 1989 Lobster Man from Mars (writer: "Rock Lobster")
 1988 Earth Girls Are Easy (writer: "Summer of Love")
 1987 Ibigay mo sa akin ang bukas (writer: "Rock Lobster")
 1987 Athens, Ga. - Inside/Out (Documentary) (writer: "52 Girls" - as R. Wilson)
 1985 Hand in Hand (writer: "Give Me Back My Man")
 1980 One-Trick Pony (writer: "Rock Lobster")
 1980 Roadie (writer: "Dance This Mess Around")
 1980 La bande du Rex (writer: "The B-52s", "6060-842")
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Alternate Names:

The B-52's | The B-52s | B-52s


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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I don't write down lyrics or anything else, and I've no idea how guitar-tuning is supposed to go. I just work with the strings until something comes out that sounds good to me; from there, everything else falls into place.


The epitaph on his tombstone reads: "The breeze of Grace is always blowing; set your sail to catch that breeze". See more »

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