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Mike Love

Mike Love in concert, June 2006.
Background information
Birth name Michael Edward Love
Born March 15, 1941 (1941-03-15) (age 66)
Origin Flag of the United States Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Genre(s) Pop
Rock
Surf
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Instrument(s) Vocals
Saxophone

Michael Edward "Mike" Love (born March 15, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer and songwriter who was one of the lead singers and lyric writers of The Beach Boys. He formed the band along with Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and a school friend Al Jardine. Mike Love is first cousin to the Wilson brothers. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Mike_love. ... For other uses, see June (disambiguation). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. ... Andrew Robert Nielsen (born October 6, 1982) is an American rapper, known by his stage name MC Lars. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. ... For other persons named Brian Wilson, see Brian Wilson (disambiguation). ... Carl Wilson on the cover of his eponymous 1981 album. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alan Charles Al Jardine (born September 3, 1942 in Lima, Ohio) is a founding member of the Beach Boys, their occasional lead vocalist, and one of their guitarists. ... A cousin chart identifies the correct name for the relationship between two people with a common ancestor. ...

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Role in The Beach Boys

Although he played the saxophone in the early days, Mike Love was mainly the co-lead singer, along with Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys. Love sang the lead vocal on many of the Beach Boys' biggest hits, including, "Surfin' Safari", "Surfin' USA", "Little Deuce Coupe", "Be True to Your School", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Little Saint Nick", "I Get Around", "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" and "California Girls". His lead vocal roles later diminished as other members' voices began to be heard more, but he remained one of the most recognized voices in the group, on songs such as "Do It Again". He is also known for his bass vocals, such as the vocal break in "I Can Hear Music" and the bass line in "Good Vibrations." Onstage, Love has always served as the Beach Boys' MC, introducing songs and band members. Surfin Safari is the debut album by The Beach Boys, released in 1961. ... Surfin USA is the second album released by The Beach Boys and was released in 1963. ... ‹The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Be True To Your School is the name of a song by The Beach Boys. ... Fun, Fun, Fun was a hit song released in 1964 by the The Beach Boys. ... Little St. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... When I Grow Up (to be a man) is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American pop band The Beach Boys. ... California Girls is the title of a song written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson and recorded by The Beach Boys for their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). It features contrasting verse-chorus form. ... Do It Again was a single which was released by The Beach Boys in 1968 on Capitol Records. ... I Can Hear Music is a song written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector. ... Good Vibrations is a pop single produced by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. ... A Master of Ceremonies or MC (sometimes spelled emcee), sometimes called a compere or an MJ for microphone jockey, is the host of an official public or private staged event or other performance. ...


Love also wrote or co-wrote lyrics to many of the Beach Boys early songs, mostly with the themes of surfing or love. He later won a lawsuit for his uncredited contributions to many early songs to which his name was then added. Throughout his career he continued to co-write numerous songs, and wrote some songs on his own.


In the late sixties, as founder Brian Wilson was sidelined by mental illness and drug problems, Love played an increasingly contentious role in the Beach Boys career. According to most sources, Love was the most vehement among group members in his opposition to the lyrical content and avant garde modalities of the Pet Sounds and SMiLE projects (see below), fearing that the band had strayed too far from their tried-and-true hitmaking formula. Pet Sounds is a 1966 album recorded by American pop group the Beach Boys. ... Smile is a solo album by Brian Wilson, with lyrics by Van Dyke Parks. ...


Love was one of the first pop musicians to become involved in the practice of Transcendental Meditation, through his meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. As a result he accompanied The Beatles, Donovan, Prudence Farrow and Mia Farrow on their famous trip to the self-styled guru's ashram at Rishikesh in India in early 1968. Love remains an advocate of the benefits of TM to the present. // Transcendental Meditation or TM is a trademarked meditation technique introduced in 1958 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that involves the mental use of specific sounds, called mantras. ... Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (b. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... For other uses, see Donovan (disambiguation). ... Prudence Farrow (born 1948) is the sister of actress Mia Farrow and daughter of the late John Farrow and Maureen OSullivan. ... Mia Farrow (born Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow on February 9, 1945) is an American actress. ... An Ashram (Pronounced aashram) in ancient India was a Hindu hermitage where sages (See Rishi) lived in peace and tranquility amidst nature. ... River Ganges in Rishikesh Rishikesh (also spelled Hrishikesh) (Hindi: )is a city and a municipal board in Dehradun district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. ...


In the late sixties, with Brian no longer touring, Carl Wilson initially took over leadership of the band (with contracts reading that venues hired "Carl Wilson plus four other musicians"), but by the late 70s Love quickly reasserted his dominance over the band; setlists were often limited to the hit catalog, with more recent and experimental material confined to the group's moderately successful albums of the time period. This approach alienated the Wilson brothers--especially Dennis, who after a hand accident had assumed co-frontman responsibilities--but it capitalized directly on the first wave of late 50s/early 60s rock and roll nostalgia (spurred by the success of American Graffiti and Happy Days) and managed to keep the group's business interests viable. The success of this approach was confirmed in 1974 with the release of the compilation Endless Summer. (Love has claimed to be responsible for the album, even though it was in fact supervised by Capitol Records staffer Michael Ross without any assistance from Love or the Beach Boys.) The album reached the top of the charts and introduced new generations of listeners to their music, cementing the creation of a cottage industry of touring and repackages that continues to this day. American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed by George Lucas. ... For other uses, see Happy Days (disambiguation). ... Endless Summer is a pop compilation album by surf rock band The Beach Boys, released on June 24, 1974 (see 1974 in music). ...


In 1988 the Beach Boys had a US number-one hit with "Kokomo", the only number-one song the band had without Brian Wilson's involvement. Mike Love (along with "Kokomo" co-writers Scott McKenzie, Terry Melcher, and John Phillips) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award (1988) in the Original Song category, and was nominated for a Grammy Award as well. Kokomo was a song penned by Mike Love, Scott McKenzie, Terry Melcher, and John Phillips and recorded by The Beach Boys in 1988. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Album cover for Melchers eponymous album (1974) Terry Melcher (February 8, 1942 – November 19, 2004) was an American musician and record producer. ... Several notable people have been called John Phillips: John Phillips (1935-2001) was a musician and member of The Mamas & the Papas John Phillips (1631-1706) was an author and secretary to John Milton Sir John Phillips (1700-1764) was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1763. ...


After the death of Carl Wilson in 1998, Love licensed the Beach Boys name from Brother Records, touring with longtime member Bruce Johnston. Bruce Arthur Johnston (born Benjamin Baldwin and then adopted, on June 27, 1942 in Peoria, Illinois) is a member of The Beach Boys and a Grammy Award-winning songwriter for composing I Write the Songs. ...


Pet Sounds/Smile controversies

Probably motivated in part by anxiety over his replacement as Wilson's writing partner (as Wilson increasingly relied on Pet Sounds lyricist Tony Asher and, later, SMiLE collaborator Van Dyke Parks), Love became increasingly hostile towards Wilson and his new material between late 1965 and early 1967, a period that critics and fans now widely acknowledge as the most creative phase of Wilson's career. Pet Sounds is a 1966 album recorded by American pop group the Beach Boys. ... Tony Asher was a lyricist who co-wrote much of the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds in cunjunction with frontman Brian Wilson in 1966. ... For other uses, see Smile (disambiguation). ... Van Dyke Parks (born January 3, 1943) is an American composer, arranger, producer, musician, singer, and actor. ...


He reportedly led the group's opposition to the Pet Sounds material and particularly objected to the song "Hang On to Your Ego"--directly inspired by his cousin's LSD experiences--which at his insistence was partly re-written and re-titled as "I Know There's an Answer." However, at this stage Brian Wilson still held sufficient sway to overrule his bandmates, and the album was completed more or less as Brian had intended. Hang On To Your Ego is a song written by Brian Wilson and Terry Sachen for the American pop band The Beach Boys. ... Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly called LSD, LSD-25, or acid. ... I Know Theres An Answer is a song by the American pop band The Beach Boys, taken from their classic 1966 album Pet Sounds. ...


Another factor that is likely to have influenced Love's views is that, while Brian had withdrawn from touring in late 1964, Love and his bandmates had to perform Brian's increasingly complex music on stage. There is no doubt that Brian's rapid musical development placed the group in an increasingly difficult position, since they were being asked to perform material that, in the case of "Good Vibrations," Brian had recorded over a period of many months using the best musicians available. While the Beach Boys were equal to the task as vocalists, Brian's intricate arrangements were becoming all but impossible for them to perform as a five-piece band.


Love's trenchant and vocal opposition to Wilson's new direction came to a head over the songs they were recording for their follow-up to Pet Sounds, the legendary SMiLE album, which was begun in mid-1966 but was eventually shelved near its completion in mid-1967 (though a less-ambitious version of the album, Smiley Smile, was released later that year). Smiley Smile is an infamous album by The Beach Boys, issued in 1967. ...


Love is reported to have vehemently objected to Parks' oblique lyrics, reserving particular scorn for the song "Cabinessence". During a heated argument at a recording session, Love demanded that Parks explain the song's meaning; Parks demurred and walked out; some few weeks later he officially terminated his partnership with Wilson, effectively scuttling the album only weeks before its scheduled release. Although Love had nothing personal against Parks (who plays on the Summer in Paradise album and whom Love has defended several times as being "a nice guy", despite Parks' admitted hostility against him), he feared the lyrics were too abstract for a Beach Boys record. Cabinessence is a song written by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks for the American pop band The Beach Boys. ... Summer in Paradise is The Beach Boys first album of the 1990s. ...


Parks has long maintained that Love's dogged opposition to Smile was the major reason that Brian finally abandoned it, and that his opposition was motivated in part by professional jealousy, as well as the fear that Wilson's departure from the Beach Boys' proven formula would cause them to lose ground. In a 2004 interview with Mojo magazine, Love argued that he was not opposed to Smile, as claimed, and that he liked and respected Parks' work, but this claim was strongly denied by Parks, who wrote to the magazine to protest at what he described as Love's "revisionism" and stated unequivocally that Love’s hostility to Smile was indeed the chief reason why the project was shelved. Mojo is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ...


Love contributed lyrics to their famous 1966 single "Good Vibrations", although the song also has an earlier set of lyrics written by Wilson's main Pet Sounds collaborator, Tony Asher, which Wilson restored on the 2004 SMiLE version. Tony Asher was a lyricist who co-wrote much of the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds in cunjunction with frontman Brian Wilson in 1966. ...


Partly in response to the band's concerns, articulated by Mike, Brian began writing songs that were easier to perform live, which turned up on the late 1967 album Wild Honey. The album Wild Honey was released in 1967 and was the fourteenth album officially released by The Beach Boys. ...


Legal controversies

In the late 1990s Brian Wilson went to court to regain his rights to the publishing company, Sea of Tunes, which owned the copyrights to most of the Beach Boys' hit songs. The suit stemmed from Wilson's forced decision to sign over his publishing rights to his father Murry Wilson in 1969, but when the suit came to court it was found that the contract Wilson had signed was not valid because of the mental problems he was suffering from at the time. (It was even suggested that Murry had signed his son's name on the document.) Wilson failed to regain the copyrights, but won a $25 million settlement. A music publishing company, founded in 1962 by Murry Wilson, father to three of the Beach Boys (Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson), and uncle of another member (Mike Love), to publish and promote the original songs written by Brian and Mike. ... Murry Gage Wilson (July 2, 1917 – June 4, 1973) was a musician and record producer, best remembered as father to Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Carl Wilson. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ...


Following Wilson's win, Love launched his own lawsuit, claiming that he had made significant writing contributions to many Beach Boys songs, including two titles on Pet Sounds and "California Girls", and never received due credit (or the accompanying royalties). Love won the case, due in no small part to Brian's statements that Mike's assertions were correct (although Tony Asher has unequivocally stated that Love had no input into at least one song involved, "Wouldn't It Be Nice"). As a result, he was granted $13 million of Wilson's award, and his name was retrospectively added to the writing credits on all subsequent releases of those songs. (Love and Wilson reportedly had no malice toward each other in the lawsuit; unable to come to terms, they resorted to going to court to settle matters.) Wouldnt It Be Nice is the opening song on the classic 1966 album Pet Sounds and one of the most widely recognized songs by the American pop group The Beach Boys. ...


Love has also initiated successful lawsuits against Al Jardine (mostly the Beach Boys' company, Brother Records, suing Jardine at Love's instigation, but also personal lawsuits) for Jardine's use of the band name Beach Boys Family And Friends in his solo work. Alan Charles Al Jardine (born September 3, 1942 in Lima, Ohio) is a founding member of the Beach Boys, their occasional lead vocalist, and one of their guitarists. ... Brother Records is a record label and holding company owned by Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and the estate of Carl Wilson, that holds the Beach Boys intellectual property rights, including the Beach Boys trademark. ...


Most recently, Love initiated a lawsuit on November 3, 2005 against Brian Wilson and the Mail On Sunday newspaper, arguing that both misused the Beach Boys' name and Love's image in a promotional CD that was given with the paper to promote the 2004 Smile release, and also arguing that Wilson has misused the Beach Boys' name in other promotions relating to Smile, resulting in loss of income for the band. He is seeking several million dollars in damages, and also a million dollars to cover costs of advertising to correct the perceived damage to the band's reputation. is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Daily Mail and its Sunday edition the Mail on Sunday are British newspapers, first published in 1896. ...


Mike has stated: "Once again the people around Brian, my cousin and collaborator on many hits, who I love and care about, have used him for their own financial gain without regard to his rights, or my rights, or even the rights of the estates of his deceased brothers, Carl and Dennis, and their children... Unfortunately, history repeats itself. Because of Brian’s mental issues he has always been vulnerable to manipulation. I simply want to stop the infringers and stop the deception!"


The legal document filed is purported to contain many half-truths and inaccuracies. Among these it credits Mike Love as the primary force behind the Beach Boys, accuses Al Jardine of mental instabilities and incorrectly refers to one of Brian Wilson's songs as "Love and Money" instead of "Love and Mercy". [citation needed]


Brian Wilson’s website listed the following statement in response: “The lawsuit against Brian is meritless. While he will vigorously defend himself he is deeply saddened that his cousin Mike Love has sunk to these depths for his own financial gain.”


Recently, however, Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine have appeared in front of the cameras together again in what seemed to be one of their many attempts to reconcile. They even jokingly stated that they wanted "to start a new tour if they weren't stopped to do so by Brian's management, and Mike's incurable addiction to lawsuits".


The lawsuit was thrown out of court on May 16, 2007 on the grounds that it is meritless. ([1])


Hall of Fame induction incident

In 1988 the Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the ceremony, Love (who was reportedly heavily intoxicated) addressed the crowd in a rambling speech that included disparaging remarks regarding fellow rock and pop stars such as Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and Bruce Springsteen. Following Love's diatribe, Elton John walked up to the microphone and told the crowd, "Thank fuck he didn't mention me!"[2] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is an English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...


Solo career

Love has attempted several times to have a career outside the Beach Boys. In the mid 1970s he recorded two albums with side band Celebration, including the top 20 hit single "Almost Summer" (co-written by Brian Wilson and Jardine). In the late 1970s he also recorded two unreleased solo albums, First Love and Country Love. Some tracks from First Love were used on later Beach Boys releases.


In 1981 he released a solo album, Looking Back With Love. Consisting mostly of cover versions, the album was neither critically nor commercially successful. Looking Back With Love is Mike Loves only solo album. ...


After that point he confined himself to guest spots on recordings by artists like Dean Torrence of Jan And Dean and re-recordings of old hits released on packages like Catch a Wave with Adrian Baker. Jan Berry (April 3, 1941, Los Angeles -- March 26, 2004) and Dean Torrence (born March 10, 1940, Los Angeles) were a rock and roll duo popular from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s. ... Jan & Dean were a rock and roll duo, popular from the late 1950s through the mid 1960s, consisting of William Jan Berry (3 April 1941 – 26 March 2004) and Dean Ormsby Torrence (born 10 March 1940). ... Adrian Baker (born: January 18, 1951) is an English singer, songwriter, and music producer. ...


However, in 2003 he announced plans for a new solo album. This album, which has been announced under the working titles Unleash The Love and Mike Love, Not War (not to be confused with the Beach Boys bootleg of the same name), is still a work in progress, though bootleg recordings have appeared.


Discography

  • Looking Back with Love (1981)
  • Mike Love Catch a Wave (Limited Edition CD 1996) MELECO - MEL CD 101 - 1996
  • Mike Love, Bruce Johnston & David Marks Salute NASCAR (Limited Edition)

Looking Back With Love is Mike Loves only solo album. ...

References to Mike Love in popular culture

The Fall reference Mike Love in their song "Mike's Love Xexagon", from the album The Real New Fall LP. The song mentions "Good Vibrations" and refers to Love as "the worm in the bacon of BB", likely pertaining to the legal difficulties between Love and Wilson. This article is about the band. ... The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click) is an album by The Fall. ... Good Vibrations is a pop single produced by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. ...


Scottish band Belle & Sebastian mention Mike Love in their song "I Love My Car" on the "I'm Waking Up To Us" single, singing "I love my Carl / I love my Brian, my Dennis, and my Al / I could even find it in my heart / to love Mike Love" This article is about the band. ... Im Waking Up To Us is a 2001 EP by Belle & Sebastian. ...


San Francisco band Oranger released a song called "Mike Love, Not War." To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Family

In addition to being cousin to the Wilson brothers, Love is the elder brother of former NBA basketball player Stan Love, and the uncle of incoming UCLA basketball sensation Kevin Love, who was recently named Naismith Male Prep Player of the Year. Stanley (Stan) S. Love (born April 9, 1949 in Los Angeles, California) is a retired American basketball player. ... This article is about the college basketball player. ... The Naismith Prep Player of the Year award, named for Canadian basketball inventor James Naismith, is given annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to high school basketballs top male and female player. ...


In 2006, Mike Love's son Christian joined the Beach Boys on rhythm guitar and vocals. Christian also has his own band called 5 Alarm.


See also

The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. ... The following is a list of all songs by The Beach Boys divided according to which Beach Boy(s) sang lead vocals: // (Note: Songs recorded after 1985 are, with a few exceptions, excluded) Add Some Music to Your Day – (with Carl Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston) Airplane... Released songs This list is an attempt to document every song recorded and released under the name of Mike Love, whether on an album, single, compilation or anthology album. ... Beach Boys Historic Landmark Dedicated on May 20th, 2005, The Beach Boys Historic Landmark commemorates the site of the childhood home of the Wilson Brothers and the birthplace of a unique musical and cultural icon, and a worldwide sensation. ...

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Mike Love - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1851 words)
Mike Love is first cousin to the Wilson brothers.
Interestingly, Love was one of the first pop musicians to become involved in the practice of Transcendental Meditation, through his meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Love's trenchant and vocal opposition to Wilson's new direction came to a head over the songs they were recording for their follow-up to Pet Sounds, the legendary SMiLE album, which was begun in mid-1966 but was eventually shelved near its completion in mid-1967.
The Beatles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (6900 words)
Though Best had some popularity and was considered good-looking by many female fans, the three founding members had become increasingly unhappy with his drumming and his moody personality, and Epstein had become exasperated with his refusal to adopt the distinctive hairstyle as part of their unified look.
("Love Me Do" reached the top of the U.S. singles chart over 18 months later in May 1964.) This was swiftly followed by the recording of their second single "Please Please Me".
Their vocals on "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me" were inspired by the Everlys' powerful vocal innovation on Cathy's Clown (1960), the first recording to ever reach number one simultaneously in the USA and England.
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