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Alan Jardine was born in Lima, OH, on September 3, 1942, and moved to Hawthorne, CA, when he was a young child. Al Jardine and Brian Wilson went to school together at Hawthorne High and both played on the football team. Jardine tells a story about how the two became good friends: quarterback Wilson called the wrong play and Jardine, the halfback, was clobbered by two defense men, breaking his leg. It was at a school assembly that Jardine first heard Brian, his brother Carl Wilson, and their cousin Mike Love ... Read more

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Alan Jardine was born in Lima, OH, on September 3, 1942, and moved to Hawthorne, CA, when he was a young child. Al Jardine and Brian Wilson went to school together at Hawthorne High and both played on the football team. Jardine tells a story about how the two became good friends: quarterback Wilson called the wrong play and Jardine, the halfback, was clobbered by two defense men, breaking his leg. It was at a school assembly that Jardine first heard Brian, his brother Carl Wilson, and their cousin Mike Love perform. Off and on, over the next few years, Al Jardine encouraged Brian that they should sing together. When an initial pairing of Al, Brian, and some now-forgotten classmates at El Camino Junior College did not jell, Brian suggested trying it again with Carl and Love. Thus, the Beach Boys were formed. (Note: it could be said that Brian and Jardine were the first two in the band.)

The Beach Boys' early days are well documented, but Jardine's role in the band has rarely been the focus of the band's story. But it was Jardine's mom Virginia who helped pay for instruments when the group recorded "Surfin'" and Jardine who played bass on the track. "Surfin'" went to number 75 on the Billboard Charts. For a year, future rock star Al Jardine pursued dentistry. How the rock world would have been different had he not accepted Brian Wilson's invitation to rejoin the Beach Boys.

Al Jardine's contribution to the band was neither insignificant, nor peripheral. First of all, he sang lead on one of the band's most famous songs, the number one hit "Help Me Rhonda." He can also be heard on "Then I Kissed Her," "Vega-Tables," "I Know There's an Answer," "Heroes and Villains," and "Cotton Fields," among others. (A bit of trivia: Al Jardine's first lead vocal on a Beach Boys album was "Christmas Day" from 1965's Christmas Album.) Jardine also co-wrote a good number of the band's songs (though in the post-Brian, 1970s phase), especially on Holland, Carl and the Passions-So Tough, Surf's Up, and Sunflower. (Jardine did not receive his fair share of the arrangement credit for "Sloop John B" until 1996 when the Pet Sounds 30th Anniversary Box Set was released.) He also co-produced the band's M.I.U. Album.

The Behind the Music drama of the Beach Boys is also well-documented, with Brian's mental challenges and Dennis' drug addition attracting much of the headlines. Throughout those years, Al Jardine remained a consummate professional with his music, the band's business and a family man. He was even named the president of the band's record label and studio, Brother Records. His last writing credit was in 1985 but toured with the band until Carl Wilson's death in 1998.

Al Jardine left the Beach Boys after years of infighting, out of a disagreement with the direction the band was choosing. Mike Love had maintained a controlling interest in the band and its corporation, Brother Records, as a result of the early deaths of founding members Dennis and Carl Wilson and the absence of Brian. Love's legal action prevented Jardine from using any name vaguely resembling the Hall of Fame act he helped found (i.e., the use of the word "beach"). Currently titled "Al Jardine's Family & Friends," the lineup includes sons Matt Jardine and Adam Jardine (who appeared in the DVD Nashville Sounds), and Wendy Wilson and Carnie Wilson (of Wilson Phillips and Brian's daughters). Alan Jardine is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Grammy in 2001 as a member of the Beach Boys. In 2001, Jardine released a live album called "Live in Las Vegas". The disc includes classic Beach Boys songs like "Surfer Girl," "Little Deuce Coupe," "I Get Around," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "In My Room," and "Good Vibrations" and also some rarities like "Wild Honey" and "Heroes & Villains."

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Al's official web site, AlJardine.com has the latest audio and video content.

Alan Jardine was born in Lima, OH, on September 3, 1942, and moved to Hawthorne, CA, when he was a young child. Al Jardine and Brian Wilson went to school together at Hawthorne High and both played on the football team. Jardine tells a story about how the two became good friends: quarterback Wilson called the wrong play and Jardine, the halfback, was clobbered by two defense men, breaking his leg. It was at a school assembly that Jardine first heard Brian, his brother Carl Wilson, and their cousin Mike Love perform. Off and on, over the next few years, Al Jardine encouraged Brian that they should sing together. When an initial pairing of Al, Brian, and some now-forgotten classmates at El Camino Junior College did not jell, Brian suggested trying it again with Carl and Love. Thus, the Beach Boys were formed. (Note: it could be said that Brian and Jardine were the first two in the band.)

The Beach Boys' early days are well documented, but Jardine's role in the band has rarely been the focus of the band's story. But it was Jardine's mom Virginia who helped pay for instruments when the group recorded "Surfin'" and Jardine who played bass on the track. "Surfin'" went to number 75 on the Billboard Charts. For a year, future rock star Al Jardine pursued dentistry. How the rock world would have been different had he not accepted Brian Wilson's invitation to rejoin the Beach Boys.

Al Jardine's contribution to the band was neither insignificant, nor peripheral. First of all, he sang lead on one of the band's most famous songs, the number one hit "Help Me Rhonda." He can also be heard on "Then I Kissed Her," "Vega-Tables," "I Know There's an Answer," "Heroes and Villains," and "Cotton Fields," among others. (A bit of trivia: Al Jardine's first lead vocal on a Beach Boys album was "Christmas Day" from 1965's Christmas Album.) Jardine also co-wrote a good number of the band's songs (though in the post-Brian, 1970s phase), especially on Holland, Carl and the Passions-So Tough, Surf's Up, and Sunflower. (Jardine did not receive his fair share of the arrangement credit for "Sloop John B" until 1996 when the Pet Sounds 30th Anniversary Box Set was released.) He also co-produced the band's M.I.U. Album.

The Behind the Music drama of the Beach Boys is also well-documented, with Brian's mental challenges and Dennis' drug addition attracting much of the headlines. Throughout those years, Al Jardine remained a consummate professional with his music, the band's business and a family man. He was even named the president of the band's record label and studio, Brother Records. His last writing credit was in 1985 but toured with the band until Carl Wilson's death in 1998.

Al Jardine left the Beach Boys after years of infighting, out of a disagreement with the direction the band was choosing. Mike Love had maintained a controlling interest in the band and its corporation, Brother Records, as a result of the early deaths of founding members Dennis and Carl Wilson and the absence of Brian. Love's legal action prevented Jardine from using any name vaguely resembling the Hall of Fame act he helped found (i.e., the use of the word "beach"). Currently titled "Al Jardine's Family & Friends," the lineup includes sons Matt Jardine and Adam Jardine (who appeared in the DVD Nashville Sounds), and Wendy Wilson and Carnie Wilson (of Wilson Phillips and Brian's daughters). Alan Jardine is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Grammy in 2001 as a member of the Beach Boys. In 2001, Jardine released a live album called "Live in Las Vegas". The disc includes classic Beach Boys songs like "Surfer Girl," "Little Deuce Coupe," "I Get Around," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "In My Room," and "Good Vibrations" and also some rarities like "Wild Honey" and "Heroes & Villains."

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Al's official web site, AlJardine.com has the latest audio and video content.

Alan Jardine was born in Lima, OH, on September 3, 1942, and moved to Hawthorne, CA, when he was a young child. Al Jardine and Brian Wilson went to school together at Hawthorne High and both played on the football team. Jardine tells a story about how the two became good friends: quarterback Wilson called the wrong play and Jardine, the halfback, was clobbered by two defense men, breaking his leg. It was at a school assembly that Jardine first heard Brian, his brother Carl Wilson, and their cousin Mike Love perform. Off and on, over the next few years, Al Jardine encouraged Brian that they should sing together. When an initial pairing of Al, Brian, and some now-forgotten classmates at El Camino Junior College did not jell, Brian suggested trying it again with Carl and Love. Thus, the Beach Boys were formed. (Note: it could be said that Brian and Jardine were the first two in the band.)

The Beach Boys' early days are well documented, but Jardine's role in the band has rarely been the focus of the band's story. But it was Jardine's mom Virginia who helped pay for instruments when the group recorded "Surfin'" and Jardine who played bass on the track. "Surfin'" went to number 75 on the Billboard Charts. For a year, future rock star Al Jardine pursued dentistry. How the rock world would have been different had he not accepted Brian Wilson's invitation to rejoin the Beach Boys.

Al Jardine's contribution to the band was neither insignificant, nor peripheral. First of all, he sang lead on one of the band's most famous songs, the number one hit "Help Me Rhonda." He can also be heard on "Then I Kissed Her," "Vega-Tables," "I Know There's an Answer," "Heroes and Villains," and "Cotton Fields," among others. (A bit of trivia: Al Jardine's first lead vocal on a Beach Boys album was "Christmas Day" from 1965's Christmas Album.) Jardine also co-wrote a good number of the band's songs (though in the post-Brian, 1970s phase), especially on Holland, Carl and the Passions-So Tough, Surf's Up, and Sunflower. (Jardine did not receive his fair share of the arrangement credit for "Sloop John B" until 1996 when the Pet Sounds 30th Anniversary Box Set was released.) He also co-produced the band's M.I.U. Album.

The Behind the Music drama of the Beach Boys is also well-documented, with Brian's mental challenges and Dennis' drug addition attracting much of the headlines. Throughout those years, Al Jardine remained a consummate professional with his music, the band's business and a family man. He was even named the president of the band's record label and studio, Brother Records. His last writing credit was in 1985 but toured with the band until Carl Wilson's death in 1998.

Al Jardine left the Beach Boys after years of infighting, out of a disagreement with the direction the band was choosing. Mike Love had maintained a controlling interest in the band and its corporation, Brother Records, as a result of the early deaths of founding members Dennis and Carl Wilson and the absence of Brian. Love's legal action prevented Jardine from using any name vaguely resembling the Hall of Fame act he helped found (i.e., the use of the word "beach"). Currently titled "Al Jardine's Family & Friends," the lineup includes sons Matt Jardine and Adam Jardine (who appeared in the DVD Nashville Sounds), and Wendy Wilson and Carnie Wilson (of Wilson Phillips and Brian's daughters). Alan Jardine is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Grammy in 2001 as a member of the Beach Boys. In 2001, Jardine released a live album called "Live in Las Vegas". The disc includes classic Beach Boys songs like "Surfer Girl," "Little Deuce Coupe," "I Get Around," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "In My Room," and "Good Vibrations" and also some rarities like "Wild Honey" and "Heroes & Villains."

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