Al Jardine is a founding member of top-selling American music group The Beach Boys, their occasional lead vocalist, and one of their guitarists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
Jardine, a member of the band for over 35 years, was the band's rhythm guitarist and harmony vocalist, and sang lead on songs such as "Help Me, Rhonda," "Heroes and Villains," "Calfornia Saga: California," "Vegetables," "Then I Kissed Her," and "Transcendental Meditation," and shared the lead with other members of the band on tracks including "Break Away" and "I Know There's an Answer." Despite being the only non-family original band member, Jardine's falsetto was similar to Brian Wilson's and his voice was often substituted for Brian's in the studio and in concert.
Beginning with the Friends album, Jardine also wrote or co-wrote a number of songs for the band, the most notable of which is probably "California Saga: California" from the Holland album, which charted in early 1973. Jardine's song "Lady Lynda", a rewrite of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", was one of the band's biggest hits outside the USA. During the Pet Sounds sessions, he was the one that suggested to Brian Wilson that the group record "Sloop John B."
He also shared production credits with Ron Altbach on 1978's M.I.U. Album. Two of the band's late-period hits ("Lady Lynda" and "Come Go with Me") were Jardine productions, as was his 1969 rewrite of Leadbelly's "Cotton Fields," which sold successfully in the UK but only reached #103 in the US.
Al Jardine recruited an impressive group of all-star friends to be part of his new solo album, which he plans to release in early summer. Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Steve Miller, Stephen Stills, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Glen Campbell all guest on "Post Card From California," which includes a mix of original songs and "a Beach Boys standard or two," including "Help Me, Rhonda."
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