AL JARDINE - FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE BEACH BOYS
Al Jardine is a founding member of The Beach Boys. The
singer/guitarist/songwriter was inducted with the band into the Rock & 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 the number one hit "Help Me, Rhonda," as
well as "Christmas Day," "Then I Kissed Her," "Cottonfields,"
Cincinnati," "Lookin' at Tomorrow (A
Welfare Song)," "Peggy Sue,"
"Lady Lynda" and "Come Go
With Me" and shared the lead with other members of the band on tracks
including "Break Away" and "I Know
There's an Answer." On the latter track producer Brian Wilson preferred Al's
lead vocal to his own. Jardine left the touring version of the Beach Boys in 1998 after Carl Wilson passed away. Jardine still tours with many of the stage
musicians who toured with The Beach Boys, including Billy
Hinsche of Dino, Desi and Billy and Jardine's son Matt Jardine, who sang with the Beach Boys during much
of their later career.