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Happy Birthday Al Jardine

Al Jardine, Guitarist with the Beach boys was born 3rd September 1942. A  friend of founder Member Brian Wilson and his brothers   Carl and Dennis, he often sang at family  get-togethers along with Mike Love.  They  first gelled as a music group in the summer of 1961, initially named the Pendletones. Brian Wilson  began to experiment with recording songs after receiving a Wollensak tape recorder on his 16th birthday, which lead to the Formation of The Beach Boys, and After being encouraged by Dennis to write a song about the local water sports craze, Brian and Mike Love together created what would become the first single for the band, “Surfin’”. Brian Wilson was mainly the lead singer of the Beach Boys, whilst Al was the Guitarist  and Mike Love played the saxophone in the first years of the band eventually becoming the co -lead singer,

Some of the Beach Boys’ biggest hits,  include “Surfin’ Safari”, “Surfin’ USA“, “Shut Down”, “Little Deuce Coupe“, “Be True to Your School”, “Little Saint Nick”, “Fun, Fun, Fun“, “I Get Around”, “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)”, “Little Honda”, “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “California Girls“. Love also wrote or co-wrote lyrics to many of the Beach Boys songs, mostly with the themes of surfing, cars or love, but also memorable ballads such as “The Warmth of the Sun”.

The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and the continues to perform to the present day and have also released an abum recently “THat’s Why God Made the Radio” to celebrate their 50th anniversary and are currently on a 50-date tour that is taking them around the world.

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