Mike LOVE

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Singer & Musician

AmericanBorn Michael Edward LOVE

American singer/songwriter and musician with The Beach Boys

Born on March 15, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA , United States (81 years)

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As young children, Mike Love's mother Emily and her brother Murry Wilson had moved with their parents to Los Angeles in 1922. Emily married Milton Love, and Mike was born in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, in 1941. Murry Wilson was a songwriter and musician with a few minor triumphs to his credit, including a song performed on the Lawrence Welk radio show in 1952. The Wilson family home in nearby Hawthorne was a musical one, and Mike often sang with the Wilson family at get-togethers at the Wilson home during his childhood.



Although Love played the saxophone in the first years of the band, he was mainly the co-lead singer, along with Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys. His R&B styled voice was heavily influenced by classmates at the predominantly black high school, Dorsey High, and the songs he listened to on two of Los Angeles' R&B radio stations. Love sang the lead vocal on many of the Beach Boys' biggest hits, mainly fast-paced rock'n'rollers (while Brian Wilson handled the early ballads), including "Surfin' Safari", "Surfin' USA", "Shut Down", "Little Deuce Coupe", "Be True to Your School", "Little Saint Nick", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "I Get Around", "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)", "Little Honda", "Dance, Dance, Dance" 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, due in part to his nasal sound, 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". Brian Wilson once stated that band members Mike and Carl had voices from heaven. Onstage, Love has always served as the Beach Boys' MC, introducing songs and band members.

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Love also wrote or co-wrote lyrics to many of the Beach Boys songs, mostly with the themes of surfing, cars or love, but also memorable ballads such as "The Warmth of the Sun". In the 1990s, Love initiated and won a legal proceeding to gain co-authorship credit for many of the Beach Boys hits.



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