"The Warmth of the Sun" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1964 album Shut Down Volume 2 and as the B-side of the "Dance, Dance, Dance" single, which charted at number eight in the United States and number twenty-four in the United Kingdom. Brian Wilson produced the song, and the rest of the album.
The song was inspired by the emotional shock Brian Wilson and Mike Love felt over the assassination of John Kennedy at the now-defunct Hotel El Dorado in Sacramento, California. Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications declared the assassination 'most memorable' political moment in American radio and television history. As a result to Wilson and Love's shock, the song carries a very serious and emotional quality. Donald A. Guarisco who recently reviewed the song stated "The sublime balance of lush vocals and sensitive songwriting made "The Warmth of the Sun" one of the Beach Boys' finest and most moving ballads."
In 2008, Mike Love mentioned in Uncut Magazine "The melody that Brian came up with was very melancholy. I'd had an experience where this girl I liked decided she didn't want to reciprocate, so I...