Adam Levine speaks

Adam Levine of Maroon 5. CBS News

(CBS News) From concert stages to TV screens, Adam Levine has been going from success to success, while putting his own unique stamp on A Summer Song. Lee Cowan reports:


If it was Mick Jagger's whistle heard 'round the pop world, "Moves Like Jagger" turned a Grammy-winning rock band into a pop sensation, and making Making Maroon 5's front man, Adam Levine, practically a household name.

His getaway from it all has been his home, nestled at the top of the Hollywood Hills, not far from where he grew up. "I love it here so much," he said.

"Would you live anywhere else other than California?" asked Cowan.

"Never," replied Levine. "I'm California all the way."

With its catchy mix of rock and R&B, "Sunday Morning" was one of his first big hits.

Sunday morning, rain is falling
Steal some covers, share some skin
Clouds are shrouding us in moments unforgettable
You twist to fit the mold that I am in
But things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do
And I would gladly hit the road, get up and go if I knew
That someday it would lead me back to you

Levine remarked of the song, "It always kind of gives you that good, positive feeling when you play it."

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Quiet moments like this are rare these days. The band just finished one tour and, with some 17 million albums sold, is starting up a new tour this summer.

Singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs onstage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, February 10, 2013.
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Levine's love of music started early, thanks largely to his parents.

"They loved music, and so I was always surrounded by music," he said. "I remember we'd be in the car and my mother would kind of quiz me on, you know, who's singing this Beatles song? And I'd usually get it wrong."

Later, when Levine started writing songs himself, he did it in secret.

"There was a time when I was so embarrassed about it, you know?" he said. "Stupid, you know? I thought it was stupid. It was really because I wanted to be an athlete. All my friends were jocks, so I was so un-cool I hid it from everybody (laughs)!"

He grew out of that thought pretty quickly. Levine formed a band with some buddies called Kara's Flowers. Before he was even out of high school they had a record deal.

His band mates today are still his best friends.

Drummer Matt Flynn has been with the band for nearly 9 years, guitarist James Valentine for 12, and bassist Mickey Madden has known Adam since they were 11 years old.

"Now, looking back on it, we were children, like, kids!" said Madden.

"I wish anything hadn't changed," Levine laughed.

They were young -- and that first record deal didn't last.

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