With a name like Love, Michael Edward Love just had to sing and write songs about love. Mike Love founded the iconic pop music group the Beach Boys with his friend Al Jardine and his cousins Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson. Mike Love has devoted fans from around the world, some of which are original fans from the band’s beginning in 1961. Along with his groundbreaking 50-year career with the Beach Boys, he also has released lesser known solo albums.
Mike Love is a California boy, born on March 15, 1941 in Los Angeles. He was born in a musical family. His uncle Murray Wilson was a songwriter. The first instrument Mike learned to play was the saxophone, but soon he would switch to singing lead vocals in his signature soprano style which blended with the Beach Boy’s much-imitated harmonies. He also learned how to play the accordion.
Mike helped write the soundtrack to many American’s lives, including the hits “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and “Kokomo.” Mike has performed every summer for the last 40 years. He is the proud father of four children. Mike also devotes his time for education and environmental causes. He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.