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Rocky Pamplin

Rocky Pamplin

Rushton 'Rocky' Pamplin is a former college football player, model, musician and body guard for the American rock band The Beach Boys.

Early life

Pamplin was born in Youngstown, Ohio.[citation needed] In the 1960s, he attended Newark High School, in Newark, California.[1]

Football career

He attended the University of Oregon and the University of Hawaii, where he played college football as a running back. He was drafted in 1971 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, chosen 5th in the 10th round (239th overall),[2] but did not play in an NFL game.

Pamplin would later play for the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes.[3]

Involvement with The Beach Boys

Pamplin was, along with Stan Love, a former NBA player and younger brother to Beach Boy Mike Love, hired as a body guard for singer Brian Wilson.

Love would later claim that he and Pamplin were asked “to prevent [Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson] from providing cocaine and other dangerous drugs to Brian Wilson.”

In January 1981, Love and Pamplin followed Dennis Wilson to his house in Los Angeles. They observed Wilson consuming cocaine with several other people. They kicked down the door posing as police officers. Stan Love and Pamplin then chased Wilson, beat and kicked him, struck him with a telephone, slammed his head into a bedboard 12 times, and threw him through a window. According to Love, "it was one of the most brutal beatings ever."

Wilson would later press charges. In March, 1981, both Love and Pamplin agreed to a mutual restraining order [4] in a Santa Monica Supreme Court. Love was fined $750 and Pamplin was fined $250 for the beating. Both were put on six months probation.[5]

Recording career

Pamplin joined the band American Spring for one year in 1977. The band was fronted by Marilyn Wilson, and consisted of her sister Diane Rovell on vocals and Brian Wilson in a writing/producing role. Pamplin sang lead vocals on the unreleased track "California Feelin'", a song written by Brian Wilson and Steve Kalinich.

Pamplin also co-wrote the song "It's Like Heaven" with Brian Wilson and Diane Rovell for American Spring, which would later appear on the Shaun Cassidy album Under Wraps.[6]