Al Jardine is an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as a founding member of the Beach Boys. He has been a part of the band since its inception in 1961 and has been a major contributor to the band's success. Jardine has written and co-written many of the Beach Boys' hits, including "Help Me Rhonda," "California Girls," and "Sloop John B." He has also released several solo albums, including A Postcard from California (1972), and Friends (1985). Jardine's music is characterized by its melodic, harmonic, and lyrical complexity, as well as its use of vocal harmonies. His style has been described as a blend of folk, rock, and country, and his lyrics often focus on themes of nostalgia and longing for the past. Jardine's influence on the Beach Boys' sound has been immense, and his contributions to the band's success have been invaluable.