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Produced by Cameron Michael Parkes and Mark A. Moore. Featuring seven tracks from 1968's "Carnival of Sound" album, plus 14 more songs highlighting Jan's career as a writer, arranger, and producer. Promo song: "California Sunshine" (originally "Ginny On My Mind"

an & Dean were a rock and roll duo, popular from the late 1950s through the mid 1960s, consisting of William Jan Berry (3 April 1941 &endash; 26 March 2004) and Dean Ormsby Torrence (born 10 March 1940). Although Jan & Dean pre-dated The Beach Boys, they became most famously associated with the vocal "surf music" craze inspired by The Beach Boys.
••• Berry and Torrence, both born in Los Angeles, California, began singing together after football practice at University High School. Primitive recording sessions followed soon after, in a makeshift studio in Berry's garage. They first performed on stage as The Barons at a high school dance. Their first commercial success was "Jennie Lee" (1958), a top 10 ode to a local burlesque performer that Berry recorded with fellow Baron Arnie Ginsburg. "Jan & Arnie" released three singles in all. After Torrence returned from a stint in the army reserves, Berry and Torrence began to make music as "Jan & Dean".
••• With the help of friend Herb Alpert and record producer Lou Adler, Jan & Dean scored another top 10 hit with "Baby Talk" (1959), and then scored a series of hits over the next couple of years. Playing local venues, they met and performed with the Beach Boys, and discovered the appeal of the latter's "surf sound". By this time, Berry was co-writing, arranging, and producing all of Jan & Dean's original material. Berry signed a series of contracts with Screen Gems to write and produce music for Jan & Dean,[1] as well as other artists such as Judy & Jill (which included Berry's girlfriend Jill Gibson and Torrence's girlfriend Judy Lovejoy), The Matadors, and Pixie (a young female solo singer).
 Part 02 / ••• Berry and Brian Wilson collaborated on roughly a dozen hits and album cuts for Jan & Dean, including the number one national hit "Surf City" (1963). Subsequent top 10 hits for Jan & Dean included "Honolulu Lulu" (1963), "Drag City" (1963), "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" (1964), and the eerily portentous "Dead Man's Curve" (1964). Their commercial peak came between 1963 and 1966, and the duo scored an impressive sixteen Top 40 hits on the Billboard and Cash Box magazine charts, with total of twenty-six chart hits over eight years.
••• In 1964, at the height of their fame, Jan & Dean hosted and performed at The T.A.M.I. Show, an historic concert film directed by Steve Binder. The film also featured such acts as The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Gerry & The Pacemakers, James Brown, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Lesley Gore, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and The Beach Boys (whose sequence was later cut from the film, due to contract violation issues).
••• Also in 1964, the duo performed the title track for the Columbia Pictures film Ride the Wild Surf, starring Fabian (entertainer), Tab Hunter, Peter Brown (actor), Shelley Fabares, and Barbara Eden. The song, penned by Berry, Brian Wilson, and Roger Christian, was a Top 20 national hit.
••• In the burgeoning post-surf era, Jan & Dean had three Top 30 hits in 1965-66 . . . and began to experiment with cutting-edge comedy concepts such as the original (unreleased) Filet of Soul and Jan & Dean Meet Batman.
••• According to rock critic Dave Marsh, the attitude and public persona of punk rock can be traced to Jan & Dean;[2] and their music has been covered by numerous Punk and alternative bands since the 1970s.
••• Along with Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, and Lee Hazlewood, Berry enjoyed a reputation as one of the best record producers on the West Coast.[3] Wilson has cited Berry as having a direct impact on his own growth as a record producer.[4]
••• Jan & Dean filmed two unreleased television pilots: Surf Scene in 1963 and On the Run in 1966.
••• Jan & Dean's feature film Easy Come, Easy Go was cancelled when Berry, as well as the film's director and other crew members were seriously injured in a railroad accident while shooting the movie in August 1965.
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••• On 12 April 1966, Berry received severe head injuries in a motor vehicle accident. By then, Berry had separated from his girlfriend of seven years, singer-artist Jill Gibson, later a member for a short time of The Mamas and the Papas, who had also co-written several songs with Berry. As a result of Berry's accident, Jan & Dean did not perform again until the mid 1970s. Berry travelled a long and difficult road toward recovery from brain damage and partial paralysis.
••• In Berry's absence, Torrence recorded Save for a Rainy Day in 1966, a concept album featuring all rain-themed songs. Torrence posed with Berry's brother Ken for the album cover photos. Columbia Records released one single from the project ("Yellow Balloon"), but legal wrangling scuttled Torrence's Columbia deal, and Save For A Rainy Day remained a self-released album on the J&D Record Co. label.[5]
••• Berry returned to the studio in April 1967, one year to the month after his accident. Working with collaborators, Berry began writing and producing music again. In December 1967, Jan & Dean signed an agreement with Warner Bros. Records. Warner issued two singles under the name Jan & Dean but a 1968 Berry-produced album for Warner Bros., the psychedelic Carnival of Sound, remains unreleased.[6]
••• Berry began to sing again in the early 1970s, and he arranged and produced a number of singles between 1972 and 1978 on the Ode and A&M labels (facilitated by friend and former manager Lou Adler).
••• In February 1978, Jan & Dean were reintroduced to America when the film biography Deadman's Curve aired on national television. The movie starred Richard Hatch as Berry and Bruce Davison as Torrence. Guest appearances included Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack, and Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. Upon the success of the film (a ratings blockbuster), the duo made steps toward an official comeback that year, touring with the Beach Boys.
••• In the early 1980s, while Berry struggled to overcome drug addiction, Torrence toured briefly as "Mike & Dean," with Mike Love of the Beach Boys. But Berry got sober, beating the odds once again, and the duo reunited for good.
••• Jan & Dean continued to tour on their own throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and into the new millennium &emdash; with 1960s nostalgia providing them with a ready audience. Sundazed Records reissued Save for a Rainy Day in 1996, and the album drew critical praise.[7]
••• Between the 1970s and 1990s, Torrence issued a number of re-recordings of classic Jan & Dean hits. An album titled One Summer Night / Live was issued by Rhino Records in 1982, and Torrence collaborated with Berry on Port to Paradise, released on J&D Records in 1986. In 1997, after many years of hard work, Jan Berry released a solo album called Second Wave on One Way Records.
••• On August 31, 1991, Berry married Gertie Filip at The Stardust Convention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada. Torrence was Berry's best man at the wedding.
••• Jan & Dean ended with Berry's death on March 26, 2004, at the age of 62. Berry was an organ donor, and his body was cremated. On April 18, 2004, a "Celebration of Life" was held in memory of Berry at The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. Celebrities attending the bash included Dean Torrence, Lou Adler, Jill Gibson, and Nancy Sinatra. Also present were many family members, friends, and musicians associated with Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys.
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••• ? Jan Berry co-wrote and/or arranged and produced songs for artists outside of Jan & Dean, including "I Adore Him" by The Angels (band) (Top 30), the Gents, the Matadors (Sinners), Judy & Jill, Pixie (unreleased), Jill Gibson, Shelley Fabares, Deane Hawley, "Three Window Coupe" by the Rip Chords (Top 30), and Johnny Crawford.
••• ? Torrence doubled the falsetto lead with Brian Wilson on The Beach Boys' hit single "Barbara Ann." You can hear his participation on The Beach Boys CD release Hawthorne California.
••• ? Neil Young's song "Tonight's the Night", is about the drug-overdose death of Jan Berry's brother Bruce Berry, with a lyric that includes: "Bruce Berry was a working man, he used to load that Econoline van."
••• ? Berry's brother Brian Berry went to Canada during the Vietnam War, purchased trapping rights to the North Selkirk Mountains and became a mountaineering guide, hunter, and fisherman.
••• ? Another brother, Ken Berry, founded Studio Instrument Rentals (S.I.R) in Los Angeles in 1967, using Berry's instruments to get started, the instruments being unused following Berry's accident.
••• ? Torrence became a graphic artist while Berry recovered, starting his own company, Kittyhawk Graphics, and designing album covers and logos for other recording artists, including Harry Nilsson, Steve Martin, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dennis Wilson, Bruce Johnston, The Beach Boys, Diana Ross, Linda Ronstadt, Canned Heat, and many others. Torrence (with Gene Brownell) won a Grammy Award for Album Cover of the Year, for the group Pollution in 1971.
••• ? Torrence continues to tour with The Surf City Allstars. He officially endorses The Official Jan & Dean Fan Site, and has regular contact with the website. During 2007 he has been supplying the site with new photographs of himself on tour with his band, and with general articles relating to Jan & Dean.
••• ? Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus played Jan and Dean in the TV movie "Shake,Rattle, and Roll." Also they covered,Dead Man's Curve.

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