Sea of Tunes

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Sea of Tunes
Status Defunct (1969)
Founded 1962 (1962)
Founder Murry Wilson
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Los Angeles
Publication types Songs

Sea of Tunes was a music publishing company, founded in 1962 by Murry Wilson. Murry was the first manager of the Beach Boys; father of Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson; and uncle of Mike Love. The intention of Sea of Tunes was to publish and promote the original songs written primarily by Brian and Love.

After Brian fired Murry as their manager in 1964, Murry continued to serve as the band's publisher. In 1969, he sold Sea of Tunes to Irving Almo, the publishing arm of A&M Records, for $700,000 (today $4,520,000).[1] Murry believed the band's popularity had already peaked, and he was doing them a favor by selling out when the band was at its low point in the late 1960s. Instead, the band members were furious.[citation needed]

Love v. Wilson[edit]

Love v. Wilson
Court U.S. District Court
Decided December 12, 1994 (1994-12-12)

In the early 1990s, years after Murry's death, Brian claimed fraud and sued for the return of his song copyrights.[1] In 1994, the catalog was estimated to be worth $40 million (today $63,860,000).[2] Brian suggested that his signature was forged by his father on several related business documents, making the sale illegal.[3][4] While he failed to recover them in court, Brian was awarded $25 million in damages, including unpaid and underpaid royalties.[5] In 1992, Love responded by filing a lawsuit, Love v. Wilson.[6] Love enacted the lawsuit for the reason that Murry never credited him for approximately 35 of the songs he had co-written with Brian, and, therefore, Love had also lost out on royalties. Unable to come to a settlement on their own, Mike sued Brian for a share of his award, winning $13 million.[2]

List of amended credits[edit]

Per Andrew Doe.[7]

Bootleg label[edit]

In 1997, a label named after the publishing company issued a slew of unauthorized bootleg recordings sourced from Beach Boys archives.[8]


  1. ^ a b Van Matre, Lynn (October 13, 1991). "Child Of Abuse: Beach Boy Brian Wilson Finally Tells His Story, And It Isn`t Pretty". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ a b "Beach Boys' Mike Love Wins His Case, Stands to Collect Millions". Los Angeles Times. December 13, 1994. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  3. ^ Letovski, Irv (September 19, 1989). "Brian Wilson Sues Music Publisher". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Heller, Karen (October 23, 1991). "A Beach Boy's Blues For Brian Wilson, The Days Of "Fun, Fun, Fun" Have Ebbed. Although He Has A New Book, He's Also Involved In Several Lawsuits. "drugs," He Says, "put A Gash In My Mind."". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  5. ^ "Beach Boy Wilson Sues Law Firm Over 1969 Sales". Los Angeles Times. September 18, 1990. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  6. ^ Bates, James (October 4, 1994). "COMPANY TOWN : No Harmony in Beach Boy Suit Between Cousins Love and Wilson". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ Doe, Andrew G. "Album Archiveq". Bellagio 10452. Endless Summer Quarterly. 
  8. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (December 23, 1999). "The Forever Frown". Phoenix New Times Music. Retrieved July 29, 2013.