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October 29, 1994
Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love testified Friday that he was told he would not get proper credit for the songs he co-wrote if he failed to sign a 1969 agreement to sell the group's 140-song catalogue. "I signed it under duress, " Love testified in Los Angeles Superior Court. Both the group's manager and its attorney, Abraham Somer, told him to sign the agreement, Love said at the end of the fourth week of testimony in his suit.
December 28, 1986 |
Five Hawthorne teen-agers who sang of surfing, hot rods and the California promise, the Beach Boys racked up more than a dozen hits between 1962 and 1966, after which the group began a long slow slide into drugs, financial mismanagement, artistic burnout and death.
May 16, 2007 |
A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles has dismissed Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love's 2005 lawsuit against his cousin and former band mate Brian Wilson. Love argued in the lawsuit that he and the group had been harmed financially by the 2004 distribution in the United Kingdom of a free CD featuring Beach Boys songs rerecorded by Wilson in conjunction with the release of Wilson's "Smile" album. The suit claimed that the free CD also hurt potential sales of future Beach Boys releases.
February 25, 2012 |
The sands of time can be cruel, sure, but sometimes they settle for wryly ironic. After years apart, the three surviving founding members of the Beach Boys will launch a 50-date, 50th anniversary tour in April and at every show they will ask the musical question, "Wouldn't it be nice if we were older?" "It is weird," said Mike Love, who turns 71 next month, about singing those young man's lines from "Wouldn't It Be Nice. " "We do another one, 'When I Grow up to Be a Man' -- the opening is incredible, it's got fantastic harmonies -- but yeah, it's written from the point of a young guy looking to the future and here we are, very much in that future.
September 19, 1992
Jess Bravin's story about Mike Love's disaffection with his old friend George Bush was well written and interesting ("Laws of Nature Transcend GOP Ties for Beach Boys," Sept. 12). Unfortunately, it illustrated what many people consider the systematic failure of American journalism to inform. On the basis of Love's prepared cover story, we are told that the Beach Boys want to make the world safe for bikinis and are therefore dissatisfied with Bush's relatively passive performance on environmental issues.
October 4, 1994 |
Across the street from the satellite dishes beaming to the world each detail of the O.J. Simpson hearings, another celebrity legal battle is taking place--this one to a mostly empty federal courtroom. Jury selection is expected to start today in Love vs. Wilson, as in Mike Love and his cousin Brian Wilson, both founding members of the legendary music group the Beach Boys. The U.S.
November 21, 1997 |
Mike Love's first Caribbean-themed Club Kokomo is sailing ahead for a June debut in Orange, and larger versions of the nightclub-restaurant are likely to open in Nevada and Florida in 1999, a real estate agent for the Beach Boys singer says. Backed by private investors, Love envisions dozens of clubs worldwide with a House of Blues-meets-thatched cabana look. The Orange club, at the Stadium Promenade retail/entertainment project, will be 15,000 square feet, with concert seating for 250.
December 21, 1994 |
Settlement Ends Beach Boy Feud: Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson has agreed to pay the band's singer, Mike Love, $5 million in cash and to split future royalties on 35 songs with his cousin. Love, who was smiling broadly in court, said the agreement also settled a longstanding dispute that kept the songwriting team from rejoining forces. At a hearing, U.S.
May 31, 2012
POP MUSIC Brian Wilson officially quit as a touring member of the Beach Boys in the mid-1960s and has only been on stage periodically with the band since. As for an album together? It's been decades. But this week Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks return for a 50th anniversary tour, which kicked off last month in Arizona. The tour — followed by the release of their new album together, "Why God Made the Radio," on June 5 — is a homecoming of sorts for this quintessential SoCal band.