William Shatner and Don Wilson
Don Wilson has been a Hollywood Insider for over 20 years. His story in entertainment all started when Don's late father introduced him to Elvis Presley in 1970, when Don was only 9- years-old. Don's father too him to the Houston Astrodome, where he met Elvis and saw him in concert. Don was befriended by Presley following his parents and sisters untimely deaths when their car was struck by a train. There were no crossing signs or warning lights. It's only fitting that Memphis played a pivotal role in Wilson's musical journey. As the host of the weekly "Mystery Train" radio show on WEVL FM 90 from 1992 to 1995. Wilson interviewed former Presley associates and provided a forum for rockabilly discs and artists including other major influences like Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.
It was during a Billy Lee Riley interview on Wilson's "Mysteryu Train" radio program that he was was invited to sing with Riley on "My Gal's Alright," they recorded at the legendary Sun Studio with some legendary musicians.
. From Memphis, Wilson moved on to Hollywood, becoming a production consultant for "The Definitive Elvis" DVD series.It was while arranging and conducting hundreds of interviews for the 16 hour series (listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as "the longest documentary" ever produced) that he recorded two albums, "We're Gonna Rock!" and "Tribute To Johnny Cash" both produced by rockabilly legend Glen Glenn.
Don has been a Production Consultant on many video and book projects. Don is the former Sr. Vice President of the Southern California Motion Picture Council, he also was Executive Award Presenter. In 2014, Don was awarded the Golden Halo Nomination Excellence Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council. As Tony Curtis said in 2001, "Don Wilson has his pulse on the pulse of Hollywood!". Now, with Don Wilson's Hollywood Beat brings you a website like no other with little known stories, behind the scenes tidbits and news, interviews and reviews. So come aboard, you never know what's around the bend!
Kathy Garver and Don Wilson in Studio City.
Rona Barrett and Don Wilson in Santa Barbara. Rona has been a big influence on Don and his journalistic career.
Actress Elaine Ballace and Don Wilson.
Don Wilson and Jeanne Carmen in 1999.
Don Wilson and Pat Boone in West Hollywood.
Sandy and Wink Martindale with Don Wilson.
Don Wilson and Pat Boone.
Don Wilson backstage with Robert Stack.
Actress Olivia Hussey and Don in Studio City.
Don Wilson and Dick Clark in Burbank.
Don Wilson and Janet Leigh at the Egyptian Theatre in 2000.
Don Wilson and Loni Anderson.
Tippi Hedren with Don Wilson in Las Vegas.
Don Wilson with Francine York.
Larry Geller with longtime friend Don Wilson in Studio, City, CA.
Don Wilson and Linda Thompson in Studio City.
Don Wilson with Karen Black in North Hollywood, 2003.
Actress Lydia Cornell and Don Wilson were awarded the same night at the Southern California Motion Picture Council.
Don performing at The Avalon in Hollywood.
Don with the SCMPC Excellence Award in 2014.
Steve Stoliar and Don Wilson in 2001.
Don Wilson and actor Christopher Riordan in Los Angeles.
Don Wilson with actress Hayley Mills.
Don Wilson and Tanya Roberts in North Hollywood.
Don Wilson and Tony Curtis at the Egyptian Theatre in 2000.
Don at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.
Don with "Barbara Parkins, star of "Valley Of The Dolls" and "Peyton Place".
Shirley Jones and Don Wilson in Beverly Hills.
Don Wilson with Celeste Yarnall in Beverly HIlls.
Don Wilson's Hollywood Beat
Don Wilson and actress Elaine Ballace in Hollywood.
Don Wilson and Morgan Brittany in Los Angeles.