Lead singer of the Beach Boys, Mike Love, received PPB's Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from President "Shotgun Tom" Kelly at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys on May 17th.
Grammy¬ģ Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, Michael Edward Love, grew up under the Southern California sun where he soaked up a life of music, surf, sand and sport. Beginning his singing career as a young boy, Mike along with his cousin, Brian Wilson, frequently sang at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. These early influences served as the inspiration to form the legendary group, The Beach Boys, which originally consisted of Mike and his cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson along with neighbor David Marks and High School friend Alan Jardine.
For more than fifty years, Mike Love has been the lead singer and front man of The Beach Boys, taking the sounds of America‚Äôs band to every corner of the globe. His distinctive and iconic vocal range is synonymous with fast-paced rock ‚Äėn‚Äô roll tracks, as well as many of the band‚Äôs softer ballads. Mike‚Äôs vocal versatility is central to many of the bands signature hits including: ‚ÄúSurfin‚Äô U.S.A.,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúI Get Around,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúCalifornia Girls,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúLittle Deuce Coupe,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúBe True to Your School,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúLittle Saint Nick,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWhen I Grow Up (To Be a Man),‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúFun, Fun, Fun,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs Not Me,‚ÄĚ the bridge on ‚ÄúSloop John B‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúWouldn‚Äôt It Be Nice‚ÄĚ
In 1990, Mike was the first artist to respond to President George H. W. Bush‚Äôs call for service as part of the Thousand Points of Light Initiative. Mike began StarServe, ‚ÄúStudents Taking Action and Responsibility to Serve,‚ÄĚ enlisting high profile celebrities to inspire young people to serve their communities. More than twenty years later, Mike continues his commitment to young people. Mike is also a longtime supporter of environmental causes. In 1992, Mike was a speaker at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, and again on Earth Day 2000 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. In 2002, Love proudly carried the Olympic torch for the Salt Lake City, UT Olympic Games.
Throughout his career, Mike has co-authored more than a dozen Top 10 Singles, cementing The Beach Boys legacy, alongside The Beatles and Michael Jackson, as the only artists to have produced twelve Top 10 Singles within five years.
Today, Mike is happily married to Jacquelyne Love, and is the proud father of eight children. Mike primarily resides on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. He continues to enjoy life on the road, performing over 150 sold-out shows a year all over the world.