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Al Jardine

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Alan Jardine is a founding member of the Beach Boys, their occasional lead vocalist, and one of their guitarists.

Jardine was born in Lima, Ohio on September 3, 1942. A few years later, he moved to Hawthorne, California, where he met Brian Wilson in high school.

He played bass guitar on the Beach Boys' first recording, the 1961 song "Surfin'," but quit soon after its release to become a dentist, to be replaced by David Marks. Jardine returned to the band in 1963.

Jardine sang lead on songs such as "Help Me Rhonda," "Heroes and Villians," "Then I Kissed Her," "Transcendental Meditation," and "Cotton Fields" during the 1960s, and shared the lead with other members of the band on tracks including "Break Away" and "I Know There's an Answer." He also wrote a number of songs for the band, mostly in the 1970s, the most notable of which is probably "California Saga (California)" from the Holland album. 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.

Jardine left the touring version of the Beach Boys in 1998 after Carl Wilson died of lung cancer. Jardine remains a member of the Beach Boys corporation Brother Records Inc. and tours with his Endless Summer Band.

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