Happy Birthday to Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine, who turns 76 today (September 3rd)!!! Jardine has been receiving raves for his string of acoustic solo dates, dubbed “A Postcard From California – From The Very First Song.” Jardine, who's joined by his son Matt Jardine on vocals and guitarist/keyboardist Jeff Alan Ross, weaves the group's key songs while chatting onstage about the history of the group. In addition to major hits such as “Surfin' Safari,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” and “Good Vibrations.” During the recent shows, Jardine thrilled longtime fans with such deep cuts as “Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song),” and the first performance of his 1980 fan favorite “Santa Ana Winds” in nearly 40 years.
In November, he heads back on the road with Brian Wilson and Blondie Chaplin when they'll perform 1964's The Beach Boys' Christmas Album in its entirety. The shows will also include a slew of Beach Boys hits along with selections from Wilson's 2005 solo holiday set, What I Really Want For Christmas, which included then-new Wilson Christmas originals co-written with Bernie Taupin and Jimmy Webb, respectively.
Jardine began singing with Brian Wilson while the pair were high school football teammates at Hawthorne High School in Southern, California. Jardine played a major role in securing the session for the group's 1961 debut single “Surfin'” on which he sang and played double bass.
Despite all his accolades over the years, Al Jardine will always be best remembered for singing lead on the Beach Boys' second Number One hit, 1965's “Help Me, Rhonda.” Jardine recalled the recording session for the song: “Oh, I was delighted. I was honored. But the pressure (laughs), the pressure on me was enormous! Everybody in the band — everybody was there listening. But I was honored. I was really thrilled to have that opportunity.”
AUDIO: BRIAN WILSON ON AL JARDINE’S VOICE
AUDIO: MIKE LOVE ON AL JARDINE IN 2012
AUDIO: BILLY HINSCHE ON AL JARDINE SOLO SETLISTS
AUDIO: DAVID MARKS ON AL JARDINE BEING FORCED OUT OF THE BEACH BOYS
AUDIO: JON STEBBINS ON AL JARDINE’S HARMONIC BLEND WITHIN THE BEACH BOYS
AUDIO: JON STEBBINS ON AL JARDINE AS A GUITARIST
AUDIO: AL JARDINE ON MOVING TO CALIFORNIA
AUDIO: AL JARDINE ON SINGING THE LEAD ON ‘HELP ME RHONDA’