Born: Nikolas Kostantinos Venetoulis on Dec. 3, 1936, in Baltimore.
Died: January 1998, Los Angeles.
Worked as a teenage songwriter in New York's Brill Building along with Bobby Darin and Carole King.
In 1962 he recorded the Beach Boys after their independently produced "Surfin'" single had been a minor local hit.
He would sign many acts to Capitol including The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt who had a hit with "Different Drum" written by Mike Nesmith and John Stewart; the latter would write "Daydream Believer" for The Monkees.
By the early 1970's Venet had moved to United Artists Records.