(IS) Beach Boys star Mike Love has premiered his new holiday track "(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day," which he co-wrote with producer Michael Lloyd (Dirty Dancing).
We were sent the following details: The track, which hits radio this week, is released on Love's own Meleco Records and will be available on iTunes, Spotify, and other digital distributors starting November 6, 2015 - to kick off the holiday season.
"(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day" was originally written by Love with the help of classical pianist, Ron Altbach, in 1979 as part of a potential Beach Boys Christmas album. Love and Altbach are long time friends and occasional collaborators. The Beach Boys created a rough demo of Love's track, but never completed the song or officially released it.
Earlier this year, the band Phoenix approached Love for permission to cover the song for an upcoming Netflix original holiday special, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS, set to debut on December 4th in all territories where Netflix is available. A Very Murray Christmas is an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself.
"This song has a wonderfully strange and beautiful history," said Love. "I'm grateful to the band Phoenix for digging it up and inspiring me to finish something I started 36 years ago. Michael Lloyd brought the track to life where it felt very contemporary and relevant. We've been friends since the recording of Good Vibrations, and I'm grateful we finally got around to collaborating. I hope fans find inspiration in the song during this special time of year."
Love reached out to his long-time friend, Michael Lloyd, to make an official recording of the song. "(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day" also features Bruce Johnston, Jeff Foskett, Scott Totten, Brian Eichenberger and John Cowsill as harmonizing vocalists. Love wrote new lyrics for the official release, and Lloyd created an entirely new arrangement for the song.
The single's artwork features an actual holiday photo from the Love family archives. A five-year-old Mike Love is listening to his great grandmother Alberta (Danny) Clardy read a Christmas story to Mike and his sister Maureen Love. Stream the song here.