Documentary Now! closes out its 50th season this week with the film “Gentle & Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee,” a Behind the Music-style look at the rise and fall of one of the most successful purveyors of mellow, California-style soft rock. Despite the fact that the members of BJC hailed from Chicago, their hits like “Catalina Breeze” fit in perfectly with contemporaries like Kenny Loggins, Hall & Oates, Poco and other giants of “Yacht Rock.” (The band’s feathered hair and awesome ‘staches also helped.)
In honor of the Blue Jean Committee’s story finally being told, check out our tribute to the most epic facial hair in soft rock.
10. Paul Davis
The bearded “I Go Crazy” singer gets extra points for his luxurious mane of blonde hair.
9. Seals and Crofts
“Summer Breeze” makes us feel fine and so does the one-two punch of Seals & Crofts’ mesmerizing beard/goatee combo.
8. Rupert Holmes
Mr. Holmes’ neatly trimmed beard doesn’t excuse the fact that he was using the personals column to cheat on his lady. “The Pina Colada Song” is basically the Ashley Madison of its day.
7. Pretty much every member of Orleans
The ’70s bros in Orleans loved two things — beards and going shirtless on album covers.
6. England Dan and John Ford Coley
Ladies, these guys (and their mustaches) would really love to see you tonight.
5. Bobby Kimball from Toto
You might remember Toto for their monster soft rock jams “Rosanna” and “Africa.” But if you’re like us, you see the majestic follicles of singer Bobby Kimball’s mustache when you close your eyes and drift away on a blissful wave of smooth.
4. Both Guys in Dr. Hook
The “Sexy Eyes” and “When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman” band is a facial hair two-fer, thanks to Ray Sawyer’s awesome mustache and Dennis Locorriere’s respectable beard.
3. Michael McDonald
Possessing a set of velvety pipes that have brought weaker men to their knees, The Mighty Beard of Michael McDonald has remained strong since his days in The Doobie Brothers.
2. John Oates, Hall & Oates
Word is Daryl Hall is a major BJC fan, but we have to salute his musical partner’s famous lip magic.
1. Kenny Loggins
Besides being a ’80s soundtrack master, Loggins possesses some of the greatest facial hair in pop culture. Bask in the glory that is Loggins on Documentary Now! tonight at 10P.