Michael Edward "Mike" Love (born March 15, 1941) is an American musician, singer and songwriter who garnered worldwide fame as a member of the Beach Boys. He is an original member of the band and continues to write, record and perform with the band to the present day.For most of the Beach Boys' career Love has been one of the band's primary lyricists, contributing to each of the band's studio albums and number one Billboard singles. In the early 1960s, Love collaborated with Brian Wilson and was chief lyricist on singles including "Fun, Fun, Fun", "California Girls" and "Good Vibrations". During this period, his lyrics primarily reflected the youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance, which has been described by writers as having helped fashion pop culture's perception of the "Californian Dream". Love's work during this period also assumed elements of melancholy with noted examples being "The Warmth of the Sun"—written the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination—and "I'm Waiting for the Day" from Pet Sounds.In early 1968, Love under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. The experience influenced his lyrics to take on themes of astrology, meditation, politics and ecology. It was around this period Love began submitting solo compositions to the band including "Big Sur" in 1969. Following a bout of nostalgia in the mid-1970s toward the Beach Boys' earlier material, Love's lyrical direction shifted to attempt to capture the joie de vivre of earlier efforts. "It's O.K." by the Beach Boys and "Almost Summer" by his side-project Celebration followed this template and became modest hits. Around this period, Love began working on solo albums, releasing his first in 1981. In 1988, he, along with the other founding members of the Beach Boys, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The same year, the Love co-written "Kokomo" reached number one in the United States and was nominated for a Grammy.In 1998, following the death of cousin Carl Wilson, Love and longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston licensed the Beach Boys name and continued touring as surviving Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Al Jardine embarked on solo endeavours. In 2011, Love reunited with the other remaining Beach Boys to produce a new album and embark on a tour for their 50th anniversary. Following the 50th anniversary reunion shows, Love resumed touring with Beach Boy Bruce Johnston.