Alan Jardine was 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," "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 Beach Boys in 1998
after Carl Wilson died of lung cancer.