Happy Birthday to Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine, who turns 79 today (September 3rd)!!! Jardine now permanently tours with Brian Wilson's band, which features fellow Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin. In recent years, Jardine — who's just kicked off his post-pandemic dates with Wilosn — 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 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.
Out now is the Beach Boys' long-awaited new box set, Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971. The collection includes an incredible 135 tracks, including 108 previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, radio promos, alternate versions, alternate mixes, isolated backing tracks and a cappella versions, culled from the band's recording sessions.
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.