Mike Love

Mike Love shared the role of lead vocalist with Brian Wilson during the band's early years, singing 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" and "Kokomo". Onstage, Love has always served as the Beach Boys' "MC".


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Mike Love shared the role of lead vocalist with Brian Wilson during the band's early years, singing 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" and "Kokomo". Onstage, Love has always served as the Beach Boys' "MC".
Mike 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.
Despite his conservatism in other areas, Mike 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 and as a result he accompanied The Beatles and Donovan on their famous trip to the self-styled guru's ashram at Rishikesh in India in early 1968. Mike Love has been a lifelong advocate of the benefits of TM and contributed a song on the subject to the Beach Boys' 1968 album Friends.
 
There are occasions Mike Love has exhibited sound commercial instincts, such as his co-writing, lead-singing, and sax solo on the 1988 US number one hit "Kokomo", the only number one the band had that wasn't co-written by Brian Wilson. Mike Love (along with "Kokomo" co-writers Scott Mackenzie, Terry Melcher, and John Phillips) was nominated for a Golden Globes Award (1988) in the Original Song category.
 
Mike Love shared the role of lead vocalist with Brian Wilson during the band's early years, singing 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" and "Kokomo". Onstage, Love has always served as the Beach Boys' "MC".
 
Mike 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.
 
Despite his conservatism in other areas, Mike 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 and as a result he accompanied The Beatles and Donovan on their famous trip to the self-styled guru's ashram at Rishikesh in India in early 1968. Mike Love has been a lifelong advocate of the benefits of TM and contributed a song on the subject to the Beach Boys' 1968 album Friends.
 
There are occasions Mike Love has exhibited sound commercial instincts, such as his co-writing, lead-singing, and sax solo on the 1988 US number one hit "Kokomo", the only number one the band had that wasn't co-written by Brian Wilson. Mike Love (along with "Kokomo" co-writers Scott Mackenzie, Terry Melcher, and John Phillips) was nominated for a Golden Globes Award (1988) in the Original Song category.
 
 

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