When the song “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips first started hitting the airwaves in 1990, the typical reaction of listeners was something like, “Wow. Who’s THAT?” The catchy melody with gorgeous, tight female harmonies floating over those rapid-fire lyrics was different from anything else on the radio at the time. The debut single from the vocal trio was an instant hit, shooting to Number 1 on the Billboard charts.
Most of us loved the song before we even realized that the girls singing it were the descendents of pop/rock royalty. Turns out the “Wilsons” in Wilson Phillips were Carnie and Wendy, the daughters of iconic Beach Boy Brian Wilson, while Chynna Phillips was the daughter of John & Michelle Phillips from The Mamas & the Papas.
“Hold On,” which first appeared on Wilson Phillips’ debut self-titled album, was followed by four other Top-10 singles from the record. The album went 5x Platinum, garnering the trio four Grammy nominations that year. Unfortunately, the group peaked early; the newness of their sound wore off, and while subsequent releases kept them on the radar, they never saw the same level of success as they had in 1990. They took a decade-long hiatus beginning in 1993, released new music in 2004, and have performed together sporadically since then.