Mike Somerville

Mike Somerville grew up in Central Illinois where he played in various local rock bands from the time he was in his early teens in the mid-60s until joining Head East in 1973, having been selected over numerous others who auditioned to be the band's lead guitarist.

He wrote several of Head East's most popular songs to include "Love Me Tonight" and "Never Been Any Reason" and his unique tone and playing style helped shape Head East's signature sound.

Mike left Head East in the spring of 1980 and over the next decade participated in numerous other musical projects, including the Somerville-Scorfina Band in the early 80's with former Pavlov's Dog guitarist Stephen Scorfina. In the Fall of 1993, Mike performed with Head East as a special guest at a concert in St. Louis, and in 1994 he rejoined the band playing as their lead guitarist until the Spring of 2003.