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|Single by the Beach Boys|
|from the album L.A. (Light Album)|
The Beach Boys
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|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
|L.A. (Light Album) track listing|
"Lady Lynda" is a song written by vocalist/guitarist Al Jardine and keyboard player Ron Altbach for American rock band the Beach Boys. It was released on the band's 1979 album L.A. (Light Album). Its melody is based on "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by J. S. Bach.
The opening harpsichord is played by Sterling Smith. The lyrics to the song refer to Jardine's then-wife, Lynda Jardine. After the two divorced, the song was rewritten as "Lady Liberty", a tribute to the Statue of Liberty.
The song hit #6 in the UK Singles Chart. It also reached No. 39 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. The song was edited for single release with the single version dropping the harpsichord introduction present on the album version.
- Al Jardine – lead vocals
- Ron Altbach – keyboards
- Sterling Smith - harpsichord
- Dennis Wilson – co-arrangement
- Bobby Figueroa – drums
- The Beach Boys & Bobby Figueroa - backing vocals
unknown - electric piano
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 48. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 29.
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