Lady Lynda

"Lady Lynda"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album L.A. (Light Album)
B-side "Full Sail"
Released June 1979
Format 7"
Recorded July–November 1978
Genre Symphonic rock
Length 3:58
Label Brother/Caribou/CBS
Writer(s) Alan Jardine
Ron Altbach
Producer(s) Bruce Johnston
The Beach Boys
James William Guercio
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Good Timin'"
"Lady Lynda"
"It's a Beautiful Day"
L.A. (Light Album) track listing

"Lady Lynda" is a song written by vocalist and guitarist Alan Jardine and Ron Altbach for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1979 album L.A. (Light Album).

The music is derived from Johann Sebastian Bach's composition Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, with the opening harpsichord part being 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.[1] It also reached #39 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart.[2] The song was edited for single release with the single version dropping the harpsichord introduction present on the album version.



  1. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 48. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 29.

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