Love titled the song ‘Pisces Brothers,’ as he and Harrison shared the same astrological sign, and celebrated their birthdays together in India. A number of Beatles and Beach Boys songs grew out of the 1968 trip including the Beatles’ ‘Dear Prudence’ and ‘Sexy Sadie’ as well as The Beach Boys ‘Anna Lee, the Healer.’ Love has continued the practice of Transcendental Meditation for over 40 years.
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 25, 2014 – Mike Love, co-founder of The Beach Boys has officially released the solo single ‘Pisces Brothers’ in tribute to The Beatles’ George Harrison, who would have been 71 today. The previously unreleased track was written in 2004 and inspired by a shared trip to India in 1968 when Love joined The Beatles, Donovan, actress Mia Farrow and others in search of spiritual enlightenment through the teachings of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
“This being the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America, I wanted to commemorate this incredibly significant trip we all took together to India, at the Maharishi’s invitation,” says Love. ” It was enormously influential on all of us, most especially George. The song is really sentimental for me, and meant to honor George Harrison’s remarkable contribution to music. And how, in this one moment in time, we got together, as the song says, not fortune or for fame, but for enlightenment.”
On February 20, Love received The Ella Award by the Society of Singers, where he joined a prestigious array of previous honorees including Smokey Robinson, Elton John, Celine Dion, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and the award’s namesake, Ella Fitzgerald. Fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnston performed at the ceremony as well as Bill Medley, Dean Torrence, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross and America. Many spoke of Love’s legacy in music and accomplishments as a singer and songwriter. Rita Wilson, Lucy Lawless and John Stamos also delivered tributes to Love and his half-century career in music.
For the first time ever, David Lee Roth and Mike Love took the stage in a duet of ‘California Girls’ which was a hit song for both of them. Love also brought The Waters Family (also honored by the Society of Singers) on stage to debut another of his new original songs, ‘Unleash the Love.’