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BRIAN WILSON PLAYS FOR AIDS PROJECT

Reclusive Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson made a private concert appearance before a group that included political cartoonist Garry Trudeau as the two joined in an AIDS fund-raising effort.

Looking uncomfortable in a dark suit and tie, a nervous Wilson played piano and sang on Wednesday at the private reception. A few dozen patrons paid at least $125 each for the 15-minute performance.

Among other tunes, Wilson played selections from the Beach Boys' 1966 "Pet Sounds" album, which recently came out on compact disc. Andy Lippincott, a character in "Doonesbury" who died of AIDS, had looked forward to the disc's release.

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