Roger Christian, a popular local disc jockey during the 1960s and 1970s who co-wrote songs with the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean, has died at his Tarzana home. He was 57.
Christian co-wrote several pop hits, including "The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)" for Jan & Dean and "Don't Worry Baby" and "Little Deuce Coupe" for the Beach Boys.
Christian died July 11 of complications of kidney and liver failure, said his ex-wife, Joanne Christian of Canoga Park.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Christian got his break in radio in the mid-1950s after saving a radio executive's wife from drowning in a New York lake while working as a lifeguard. In 1959, he came to California where he worked for a radio station in San Bernardino before going to oldies station KRLA-AM and to KFWB-AM, then a Top-40 station. Christian, who had a great knowledge of music trivia, later was a disc jockey for then-Top-40 station KHJ-AM, now-defunct KBLA-AM and KIQQ-FM.
He also worked a few years as an announcer for Armed Forced Radio before leaving the radio business in the mid-1970s. Christian continued to write songs, in addition to short stories and a book.