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, father of three of the Beach Boys (Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson), and uncle of another member (Mike Love), to publish and promote the original songs written primarily by Brian and Mike.

After Brian fired Murry as their manager in 1964, Murry continued to serve as the band's publisher until he sold Sea of Tunes to the publishing arm of A&M Records in 1969 for $750,000 (the Chicago Tribune reported: "Murry somehow commandeered control of Brian Wilson`s publishing company, Sea of Tunes, selling his catalog of hit songs for $700,000 [...]"[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]

Years after Murry's death, Brian Wilson has claimed fraud and sued for the return of his song copyrights.[2] While he failed to recover them in court, Brian was awarded $25 million in damages, including unpaid and underpaid royalties.[3] Mike Love also discovered 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, and with no supposed malice toward each other, Mike sued Brian for a share of his award, winning $13 million.[4]

Bootleg label[edit]

In 1997, a label named after the publishing company issued a slew of unauthorized bootleg recordings sourced from Beach Boys archives.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. ^ Van Matre, Lynn (October 13, 1991). "Child Of Abuse: Beach Boy Brian Wilson Finally Tells His Story, And It Isn`t Pretty". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ "Beach Boy Wilson Sues Law Firm Over 1969 Sales". Los Angeles Times. September 18, 1990. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Beach Boys' Mike Love Wins His Case, Stands to Collect Millions". Los Angeles Times. December 13, 1994. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  5. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (December 23, 1999). "The Forever Frown". Phoenix New Times Music. phoenixnewtimes.com. Retrieved July 29, 2013.