Mike Love is lead singer and a founding member of The Beach Boys, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He wrote the lyrics to legendary The Beach Boys’ first song, “Surfin’,” in 1961 and then co-authored eleven Top 10 singles in five years with cousin Brian Wilson, a string of hits including “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations.” In 2006, he recently completed work on his long awaited solo album.
The period between “Good Vibrations” (1966) and The Beach Boys’ biggest selling hit “Kokomo” (1988) is one of the longest spans of time between number one records in history with Love as the co-author of both of these smash hits. This feat demonstrates the ageless, timeless appeal of The Beach Boys. Their annual tours have reached all corners of all of the world’s continents. Performing over 150 shows annually, being in popular demand has not allowed Love a summer off in forty years in his role as lead singer in a performance that features an energetic hour and forty minutes of over thirty hit songs.
It was his idea to perform free Independence Day concerts on the grounds of the Washington Monument in the nation’s capital beginning in 1980. After a national uproar following Secretary of Interior James Watt’s ban of The Beach Boys for this event, they returned on July 4, 1984, by a personal invitation from First Lady Nancy Reagan. On July 4, 1985, The Beach Boys played to an afternoon audience of one million in Philadelphia and the same evening they performed for over 750,000 people on the Mall in Washington. The day’s historical achievement was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
For the holiday season in 2006, Love announced the release of “Santa’s Goin’ to Kokomo,” a fresh and fun take on The Beach Boys biggest career hit “Kokomo,” and offered fans a new holiday song to celebrate the season. The Beach Boys, despite their undisputed claim as the top icons of the endless summer, have a long history of giving the world holiday classics such as “Little Saint Nick” and “Merry Christmas, Baby,” (both co-authored by Love.) With “Santa’s Goin’ to Kokomo” Mike continued the tradition that every season should be celebrated in a spirit of fun, fun, fun.
Love has been a longtime supporter of nature preservation and was among speakers at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janiero in 1992 and Earth Day 2000 on the Mall in Washington, DC. He created the Love Foundation, which supports national environmental and educational initiatives. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada, and was responsible for raising over $1 million to benefit the school. He personally donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina.