Happy Birthday to the Beach Boys' Mike Love, who turns 81 today (March 15th)!!! Love, who formed the group in 1961 with his first cousins Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, and with friends David Marks and Al Jardine, went on to co-write most of the group's major hits with Brian Wilson. Love holds the license to tour under the band's name, enlisting none of the other three living co-founders, choosing instead to use a side band — along with longtime member Bruce Johnston, for his live dates.
Both Love and Johnston have dipped their toes in the country waters and are featured on LoCash's new single, “Beach Boys,” which is available now on all streaming platforms and digital retailers.
In July 2019, Mike Love released his third solo album in as many years, titled 12 Sides Of Summer. The set is a concept album — featuring songs focused all on the summer season. Highlights include covers of the Ramones' “Rockaway Beach,” the Beatles' “Here Comes The Sun,” Stan Getz & João Gilberto's “The Girl From Ipanema,” the Rivieras' “California Sun,” Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues” — along with such Beach Boys remakes as “Keepin' The Summer Alive,” “Surfin' Safari,” “Surfin',” and “It's O.K.” featuring Hanson.