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Jan and Dean

Jan and Dean
Jan Berry (right) and Dean Torrence (left) in 1985
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Rhythm and blues, surf rock, folk rock, sunshine pop, psychedelic rock
Years active 1958–2004
Labels Arwin, Doré, Ripple, Challenge, Liberty, J&D Record Co., Jan & Dean, Magic Lamp Records, Columbia, Warner Bros., Brer Bird, White Whale
Associated acts The Beach Boys, Jill Gibson, Richy & Ritchie, MIKAs, The MARIKAs, The Fantastic Baggys, Mike & Dean
Past members Jan Berry
Dean Torrence

Jan and Dean were an American rock and roll duo consisting of William Jan Berry (April 3, 1941 – March 26, 2004) and Dean Ormsby Torrence (born March 10, 1940). In the early 1960s, they were pioneers of the California Sound and vocal surf music styles popularized by the Beach Boys. Among their most successful songs was "Surf City", which topped US record charts in 1963, the first surf song to do so. Their other charting singles were "Drag City" (1963), "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" (1964), and "Dead Man's Curve" (1964); the last of which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.[1]

In 1972, Torrence won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover for the psychedelic rock band Pollution's first eponymous 1971 album,[2] and was nominated three other times in the same category for albums of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 2013, Torrence's design contribution of the Surf City Allstars "In Concert" CD was named a Silver Award of Distinction at the Communicator Awards competition.[3]

Early lives

William Jan Berry (born in Los Angeles, California April 3, 1941; died March 26, 2004), was the son of aeronautical engineer William L. Berry (born December 7, 1909, in The Bronx, NY; died December 19, 2004, in Camarillo, California),[4] who had been project manager of the "Spruce Goose" and flew on its only flight with Howard Hughes, and Clara Lorentze Mustad Berry (born September 2, 1919 in Bergen, Norway; died July 9, 2009).[4][5][6][7]

Dean Ormsby Torrence (born Los Angeles, California March 10, 1940), is the son of Natalie Ormsby Torrence (born April 10, 1911, in California; died August 10, 2008, in Los Angeles, California) and Maurice Dean Torrence (born December 5, 1907, in South Dakota; died November 16, 1997, in Los Angeles, California),[8][9] a graduate of Stanford University,[10] who was a sales manager at the Wilshire Oil Company.


1957–59: formation

Berry and Torrence, both born in Los Angeles, California, met while students at Emerson Junior High School in Westwood, Los Angeles, and both were on the school's football team. By 1957, they were students in the Vagabond Class of 1958 at the nearby University High School, where again they were on the school's football team, the Warriors.[11] Berry and Torrence had adjoining lockers, and after football practice, they began harmonizing together in the showers with several other football players, including future actor James Brolin.[11][12]

The Barons

In order to enter at a talent competition at University High School, Berry and Torrence helped form a doo-wop group known as "The Barons" (named after their high school's Hi-Y club, of which they were members),[13] which comprised fellow University High students William "Chuck" Steele (lead singer), Arnold P. "Arnie" Ginsburg (born November 19, 1939; 1st tenor), Wallace S. "Wally" Yagi (born July 20, 1940; 2nd tenor),[14][15] John 'Sagi" Seligman (2nd tenor),[16] with Berry singing bass, and Torrence providing falsetto.[11] During its short duration Sandy Nelson, Torrence's neighbor, played drums, and future Beach Boy, Bruce Johnston, occasionally sang and played piano. The Barons rehearsed for hours in the garage of Berry's parents' home at 1111 Linda Flora Drive, Bel Air, where Berry's father provided an upright piano and two two-track Ampex reel-to-reel tape recorders.[12][17] During primitive recording sessions in the garage, Berry served as producer and arranger,[12] and experimented with multi-part vocal arrangements (five years before he started working professionally with Brian Wilson)[18]

In 1958, The Barons performed to popular acclaim at the talent competition at University High School, covering contemporary hits like "Get a Job", "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay", and "Short Shorts".[19] However, after the contest various members of The Barons drifted away, leaving only Berry and Torrence,[20] who tried to write their own songs.

Jan & Arnie

After being inspired by a poster featuring a local, Hollywood burlesque performer, Virginia Lee Hicks, who was then performing as Jennie Lee, the "Bazoom Girl", at the New Follies Burlesk at 548 S. Main St, Los Angeles,[21] Ginsburg wrote a tribute song, "Jennie Lee", that he brought to Berry and Torrence. Berry adapted the Civil War tune "Aura Lea" and arranged the harmonies. After weeks of practice, Berry, Ginsburg, and Torrence planned to record a demo recording in Berry's garage, but Torrence was conscripted into the United States Army Reserve forcing Berry and Ginsburg to record "Jennie Lee" without Torrence,[22] with Berry's friend and fellow University High student Donald J. Altfeld (born March 18, 1940, in Los Angeles, California)[23] "belting out the rhythm on a children's metal high chair".[17] The next day Berry took their recording to Radio Recorders, a small Hollywood recording studio, to have it transferred to an acetate disc.[17] Joe Lubin, Vice President and Head of A & R of Doris Day and Martin Melcher's Arwin Records, was impressed and offered to add instruments and to release it through Arwin.[22] In March 1958, the fathers of Berry and Ginsburg signed contracts authorizing Lubin to produce, arrange, and manage their sons.[24][25]

Berry and Ginsburg, now christened "Jan & Arnie", re-recorded their vocals on a professional recording system.[17] Produced by Lubin, "Jennie Lee" (Arwin 108), backed with "Gotta Get a Date" (credited to Ginsburg, Berry & Lubin), became a surprise commercial success. According to Berry's biographer Mark A. Moore, "The song (with backing vocals, plus additional instruments added by the Ernie Freeman combo) had a raucous R&B flavor, with a bouncing bomp-bomp vocal hook that would become a signature from Jan on future recordings."[26] Distributed by Dot Records,[27] "Jennie Lee" was released in mid-April,[28] entered the charts on May 10, 1958, the same day they appeared on ABC's Dick Clark Show. "Jennie Lee" peaked at No. 3 on the Cash Box charts on June 21, 1958,[29] No. 4 on the R&B charts, and No. 8 on the Billboard charts on June 30, 1958. Billy Ward and His Dominoes's R&B cover of "Jennie Lee" reached No. 55 in the Pop charts in June 1958,[30] while other cover versions including that of Moon Mullican (Coral 9-61994) and Bobby Phillips & the Toppers (Tops 45-R422-49), released in 1958 failed to chart.[30]

In July 1958, Jan & Arnie released their second single, "Gas Money" backed with "Bonnie Lou" (Arwin 111), both written by Berry, Ginsburg, and Altfeld. Like "Jennie Lee", "Gas Money" contained a few elements of what would later become surf music. It entered the Billboard charts on August 24, 1958, and peaked at No. 81 a week later.[31] With Sheb Wooley, The Champs, Link Wray and his Ray Men, Frankie Avalon, The Kalin Twins, and Dicky Doo & The Don'ts, Jan & Arnie were a featured act on the Summer Dance Party that toured the US East Coast, including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut in July 1958. By the end of the month, they traveled to Manhattan to appear on ABC's Dick Clark Show.

On August 24, 1958, Jan & Arnie played in a live show hosted by Dick Clark that featured Bobby Darin, the Champs, Sheb Wooley, The Blossoms, The Six Teens, Jerry Wallace, Jack Jones, Rod McKuen, and the Ernie Freeman Orchestra in front of nearly 12,000 fans at the first rock-n-roll show ever held at the Hollywood Bowl.[32]

By September 6, 1958, Jan & Arnie's third and final single, "The Beat That Can't Be Beat" backed with "I Love Linda" (Arwin 113), again composed by the Berry, Ginsburg, and Altfeld team, was released. However this single failed to chart, due in part to a lack of distribution. On October 19, 1958 Jan & Arnie performed "The Beat That Can't Be Beat" on CBS's Jack Benny Show.[33]

Arnie Ginsburg recorded a one off single with a band named The Rituals on the Arwin label. The single, Girl In Zanzibar b/w Guitarro, released on vinyl in January 1959, preceding Jan and Deans first single Baby Talk, released in May 1959. Other than Arnie, the single featured; Ritchie Podolor on guitar, Sandy Nelson on drums, Bruce Johnson on piano, Dave Shostac on sax, Harper Cosby on bass and Mike Deasy on guitar. It is unclear if the actual single was released for the general public but there are several promotional copies pressed to vinyl in existence.[34]

By the end of the year, when Torrence had completed his six-month stint at Fort Ord, Ginsburg had become disenchanted with the music business. Ginsburg enrolled in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Southern California, and graduated in the field of product design in 1966. After graduation Ginsburg worked for several noted Los Angeles architects, among them Charles Eames,.[35] and in December 1973 he was granted a U.S. Patent for a table he designed.[36] Arnie Ginsburg moved to Santa Barbara, California, in 1975, where he worked as an architectural designer,[35] designing the innovative Ginsburg House.[37] In September 1976 Ginsburg and Michael W. O'Neill were granted a patent for a portable batting cage.[38]

1959–62: early records

After Torrence returned from a six-month compulsory stint in the US Army Reserve, Berry and Torrence began to make music as "Jan and Dean." With the help of record producers Herb Alpert and Lou Adler, Jan and Dean scored a No. 10 hit with "Baby Talk" (1959),[39] (which was incorrectly labeled as Jan & Arnie when it initially was released), their first song to contain a few of the soon-to-be-famous elements that became associated with surf music (close vocal harmonies, selective use of major and minor chords, falsetto doo-wop singing), 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 and Dean's original material. Berry signed a series of contracts with Screen Gems to write and produce music for Jan and Dean, as well as other artists such as Judy & Jill (Berry's girlfriend, Jill Gibson, and Dean Torrence's girlfriend, Judy Lovejoy), The Matadors, and Pixie (a young female solo singer).[40]

During this time Berry co-wrote, and/or arranged and produced songs for artists outside of Jan and Dean, including The Angels ("I Adore Him", Top 30), the Gents, the Matadors (Sinners), Judy & Jill, Pixie (unreleased), Jill Gibson, Shelley Fabares, Deane Hawley, The Rip Chords ("Three Window Coupe", Top 30), and Johnny Crawford, among others.

Unlike most other rock 'n roll acts of the period, Jan and Dean did not give music their full-time attention. Jan and Dean were college students, maintaining their studies while writing and recording music and making public appearances on the side. Torrence majored in advertising design in the school of architecture at USC, where he also was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Berry took science and music classes at UCLA, became a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and entered the California College of Medicine (now the UC Irvine School of Medicine) in 1963. By 1966, Berry had completed two years of medical school.[41]

1963–66: peak years

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Jan and Dean in 1964.

Jan and Dean reached their commercial peak in 1963 and 1964, after they met Brian Wilson. The duo scored an impressive sixteen Top 40 hits on the Billboard and Cash Box magazine charts, with a total of twenty-six chart hits over an eight-year period (1958–1966). Jan and Brian Wilson collaborated on roughly a dozen hits and album cuts for Jan and Dean, including the number one national hit "Surf City", written by Brian Wilson,[42] in 1963. Subsequent top 10 hits included "Drag City" (#10, 1964), the eerily portentous "Dead Man's Curve" (#8, 1964), and "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" (#3, 1964).

In 1964, at the height of their fame, Jan and Dean hosted and performed at The T.A.M.I. Show, a 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. Also in 1964, the duo performed the title track for the Columbia Pictures film Ride the Wild Surf, starring Fabian Forte, Tab Hunter, Peter Brown, Shelley Fabares, and Barbara Eden. The song, penned by Jan Berry, Brian Wilson, and Roger Christian, was a Top 20 national hit. The pair were also to have appeared in the film, but their roles were cut following their friendship with Barry Keenan, who had engineered the Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnapping.[43]

Jan and Dean also filmed two unreleased television pilots: Surf Scene in 1963 and On the Run in 1966. Their feature film for Paramount Pictures Easy Come, Easy Go was canceled 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 Chatsworth, California, in August 1965.[44]

After the surf craze, Jan and Dean scored two Top-30 hits in 1965: "You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy" and "I Found a Girl"—the latter from the album Folk 'n Roll. During this period, they also began to experiment with cutting-edge comedy concepts such as the original (unreleased) Filet of Soul and Jan & Dean Meet Batman. The former's album cover shows Berry with his leg in a cast as a result of the accident while filming Easy Come, Easy Go.

1966–68: Berry's car wreck

On April 12, 1966, Berry received severe head injuries in an automobile accident on Whittier Drive, just a short distance from Dead Man's Curve in Beverly Hills, California, two years after the song had become a hit. He was on his way to a business meeting when he crashed his Corvette into a parked truck on Whittier Drive, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard, in Beverly Hills. He also had separated from his girlfriend of seven years, singer-artist Jill Gibson, later a member of The Mamas & the Papas for a short time, who also had co-written several songs with him. Berry was in a coma for nearly two months; he awoke on the morning of June 16, 1966.

Berry traveled a long and difficult road toward recovery from brain damage and partial paralysis. He had minimal use of his right arm, and had to learn to write with his left hand. Doctors said he would never walk again, but he refused to give up, and ultimately succeeded. Torrence stood by his partner, maintaining their presence in the music industry, and keeping open the possibility that they would perform together again.[45]

In Berry's absence Torrence released several singles on the J&D Record Co. label and 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") as did the song's writer, Gary Zekley, with The Yellow Balloon, but with legal wrangles scuttling Torrence's Columbia deal and Berry's disapproval of the project, Save for a Rainy Day remained a self-released album on the J&D Record Co. label (JD-101).[46]

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Album Cover of the Year
Besides his studio work, Torrence became a graphic artist, starting his own company, Kittyhawk Graphics, and designing and creating album covers and logos for other musicians and recording artists, including Harry Nilsson, Steve Martin, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dennis Wilson, Bruce Johnston, The Beach Boys, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Linda Ronstadt, Canned Heat, The Ventures and many others. Torrence (with Gene Brownell) won a Grammy Award for "Album Cover of the Year", for the group Pollution in 1973.

Berry returned to the studio in April 1967, almost one year to the day after his accident. Working with collaborators, he began writing and producing music again. In December 1967, Jan and Dean signed an agreement with Warner Bros. Records. Warner issued three singles under the name "Jan and Dean," but a 1968 Berry-produced album for Warner Bros., the psychedelic Carnival of Sound, remained unreleased until February 2010, when Rhino Records' "Handmade" label put out CD and vinyl compilations of all tracks recorded for Carnival, along with various outtakes and remixes from the project.[47]

Later years

In 1971 Jan & Dean released the album Jan & Dean Anthology Album under the label United Artists Records. The album included many of their top hits, starting with 1958's "Jennie Lee" and ending with 1968's "Vegetables".[48]

Berry began to sing again in the early 1970s, and he arranged and produced a number of singles (both solo and as Jan & Dean) between 1972 and 1978 on the Ode and A&M labels, facilitated by friend and former manager Lou Adler.[49] Berry also toured with his Aloha band, while Dean began performing with a band called Papa Doo Run Run.

In 1973, Jan and Dean made an appearance at the Hollywood Palladium, as part of Jim Pewter's "Surfer's Stomp" reunion, in which the duo attempted to lip sync "Surf City," but the backing track failed, and they were booed off stage. The duo's first live performance after Berry's accident occurred at the Palomino Nightclub in North Hollywood on June 5, 1976, ten years after the accident, as guests of Disneyland regulars Papa Doo Run Run. Their first actual multi-song concert billed as Jan and Dean took place in 1978 in New York City at The Palladium as part of the Murray the K Brooklyn Fox Reunion Show. This was followed by a handful of East Coast shows as guests of their longtime friends The Beach Boys. Four nationwide J & D headlining tours followed through 1980. Jan was still suffering the effects of his 1966 accident, with partial paralysis and aphasia. He had a noticeable limp and his right arm was useless. In addition, his speech was slowed down a bit to keep up with his still almost genius IQ.[50][51]

On February 3, 1978, CBS aired a made-for-TV movie about the duo titled Deadman's Curve. The biopic starred Richard Hatch as Jan Berry and Bruce Davison as Dean Torrence, with cameo appearances by Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, and Bruce Johnston (who at that time was temporarily out of the Beach Boys), as well as Berry himself. Near the end of the film he can be seen sitting in the audience, watching "himself" (Richard Hatch) perform onstage. The part of Jan & Dean's band was played by Papa Doo Run Run, which included Mark Ward and Jim Armstrong, who went on to form Jan & Dean and the Bel-Air Bandits. Johnston and Berry had known each other since high school, and had played music together in Berry's garage in Bel Air—long before Jan & Dean or the Beach Boys were formed. Following the release of the film, the duo made steps toward an official comeback that year, including touring with the Beach Boys, and performing with Papa Doo Run Run at Cupertino High School.

In the early 1980s, Papa Doo Run Run left to explore other performance and recording ventures. Berry struggled to overcome drug addiction. In 1979, Jan had performed over 100 concerts of Jan and Dean songs with another front man from Hawaii, Randy Ruff. Torrence also toured briefly as "Mike & Dean," with Mike Love of the Beach Boys. Later, the duo reunited for good. In "Phase II" of their career, Dean led the touring operation. In 1986, Berry helped establish the Jan Berry Center for the Brain Injured in Downey, California. Though he only made a partial recovery, Berry remained a high-profile example for patients with traumatic brain injury.[52]

Jan and Dean continued to tour on their own throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and into the new millennium—with 1960s nostalgia providing them with a ready audience, headlining oldies shows throughout North America. Noted Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene penned a 2008 book, When We Get to Surf City: A Journey Through America in Pursuit of Rock and Roll, Friendship, and Dreams, detailing his occasional appearances with Jan & Dean's touring band throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Sundazed Records reissued Torrence's Save for a Rainy Day in 1996 in CD and vinyl formats, as well as the collector's vinyl 45" companion EP, "Sounds For A Rainy Day," featuring four instrumental versions of the album's tracks.

Between the 1970s and the early 2000s, Torrence issued a number of re-recordings of classic Jan and Dean and Beach Boys hits. A double album titled One Summer Night / Live was issued by Rhino Records in 1982.[53] Torrence released the album Silver Summer with the help of Mike Love in 1985 for Jan & Dean's 25th anniversary. Silver Summer was officially released as a Jan & Dean album, but falsely gives credit to Berry as co-producer and singer. Berry did not partake in the album.[54] Torrence participated with Berry on Port to Paradise, released as a cassette on the J&D Records label in 1986. In 1997, after many years of hard work, Berry released a solo album called Second Wave on One Way Records. June 11, 2002, Torrence released a solo album titled, Anthology: Legendary Masked Surfer Unmasked.[55]

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.

Berry's death

Jan and Dean's long career together ended with Jan Berry's death on March 26, 2004, after he suffered a seizure eight days before his 63rd birthday. Berry was an organ donor, and his body was cremated.[56] On April 18, 2004, a "Celebration of Life" was held in Berry's memory at The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. Attendees included Torrence, Lou Adler, Jill Gibson, and Nancy Sinatra, along with many family members, friends, and musicians associated with Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys, including the original members of Papa Doo Run Run.

In February 2010, the legendary unreleased Jan & Dean album "Carnival Of Sound" was released on the Rhino Handmade label. The album cover was designed by Torrence. Along with the CD, there is a limited (to 1500 copies) edition which includes a 10-track LP. The album was released in Europe in April 2010 in its original US form.

In 2012, Torrence reunited with Bruce Davison, who portrayed him in the 1978 movie "Deadman's Curve," to perform with The Bamboo Trading Company on their From Kitty Hawk To Surf City album. The songs were "Shrewd Awakening" and "Tonga Hut", which was featured on the film Return of the Killer Shrews, a sequel to the 1959 film The Killer Shrews and also "Tweet (Don't Talk Anymore)", "Drinkin' In the Sunshine", and "Star Of The Beach". The album also feature Dean's two daughters, Jillian and Katie Torrence. Torrence and his two daughters were featured in the music video of "Shrewd Awakening".[57]

Torrence now tours occasionally with The Surf City All-Stars. He serves as a spokesman for the City of Huntington Beach, California, which, thanks in-part to his efforts, is nationally recognized as "Surf City USA." Dean's website, Jan & Dean, features—among other things—rare images, a complete Jan & Dean discography, a biography, and a timeline of his career with cohort Jan Berry. He currently resides in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife and two daughters.


In 1964, Jan and Dean were signed to host what became the first multi-act Rock and Roll show that was edited into a motion picture designed for wide distribution. The T.A.M.I. Show became a seminal and original production – in essence one of the first rock videos – on its release in 1964. Using a high-resolution videotape process called Electronovision (good enough to be transferred from television kinescope directly onto 35mm motion picture stock), new sound recording techniques and having a remarkable cast, The T.A.M.I. Show set the standard for all succeeding music film and video work, including many of the early videos shown by MTV 17 years later. The revolutionary technical achievements of The T.A.M.I. Show and the legendary list of performers (including a performance by James Brown that many critics have called the best of his career) marked a high point for Jan and Dean, as they were the hosts and one of the main featured acts as well. They became one of the main faces of mid-1960s music, until Berry's auto accident two years later, through their T.A.M.I. Show appearance.

According to rock critic Dave Marsh, the attitude and public persona of punk rock can be traced to Jan and Dean.[58] Certainly their early hits, recorded with myriad overdubs in a garage, and their casual and goofy stage antics were consistent with some of punk rock's ethos. But their constant improvement and the increased complexity of their arrangements in the latter recordings showed their fealty to Brian Wilson's baroque approach. Many of their records feature the top session players of the era, and their arrangements, with multiple key changes and complex vocal harmonies, reflected a high level of craftsmanship.

Nevertheless, Jan Berry and Dean Torrence's anti-establishment attitudes toward the music industry are well-documented. Their music has been covered by numerous punk rock and alternative rock 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.[59] Brian Wilson has cited Berry as having a direct impact on his own growth as a record producer.[60]

In an interview conducted by Jan & Dean fan and historian David Beard for the Collectors' Choice release, Jan & Dean The Complete Liberty Singles,[61] Dean Torrence stated that he felt the duo should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: "We have the scoreboard if you just want to compare number of hits and musical projects done. We beat 75-percent of the people in there. So what else is it? I've got to think that we were pretty irreverent when it came to the music industry. They kind of always held that against us. That's okay with me." Jan & Dean were however inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk Of Fame on April 12, 1996, exactly 30 years after Jan Berry had his near fatal car accident.

The Who covered Jan and Dean's song "Bucket T" on their UK EP Ready Steady Who from 1966. It is one of only a few songs the group performed that Keith Moon (a huge surf music fan) provided the lead vocals.

Alternative rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers referenced the duo in their song "Did I Let You Know", on the album I'm With You.



Year Album Label & number U.S. Charts
Billboard Cashbox
1960 The Jan & Dean Sound Dore 101 (Mono only) - -
1962 Jan & Dean's Golden Hits Liberty LRP-3248 (Mono) / LST-7248 (Stereo) - -
1963 Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin' Liberty LRP-3294 / LST-7294 71 -
Surf City (and Other Swingin' Cities) Liberty LRP-3314 / LST-7314 32 21
Drag City Liberty LRP-3339 / LST-7339 22 17
1964 Dead Man's Curve / The New Girl In School Liberty LRP-3361 / LST-7361 80 42
Ride the Wild Surf Liberty LRP-3368 / LST-7368 66 26
The Little Old Lady from Pasadena Liberty LRP-3377 / LST-7377 40 40
1965 Command Performance - Live in Person
Featuring their performance from "The TAMI Show"
Liberty LRP-3403 / LST-7403 33 42
Jan & Dean's Pop Symphony No. 1 (in 12 Hit Movements)
Performed by The Bel-Aire Pops Orchestra, arranged and
conducted by Jan Berry and George Tipton
Liberty LRP-3414 / LST-7414 - -
Jan & Dean Golden Hits Volume 2 Liberty LRP-3417 / LST-7417 107 71
Folk 'N Roll Liberty LRP-3431 / LST-7431 145 87
1966 Jan & Dean Meet Batman
Last album released before Jan's car accident
Liberty LRP-3444 / LST-7444 - -
Filet of Soul: A "Live" One Liberty LRP-3441 / LST-7441 127 -
Popsicle Liberty LRP-3458 / LST-7458 - -
Jan & Dean Golden Hits, Volume Three Liberty LRP-3460 / LST-7460 - -
Save for a Rainy Day
Limited private pressings
J&D Record Co. JD-101 (Mono only) - -
1967 Save for a Rainy Day
Cancelled, but an acetate of the stereo album is known to exist
Columbia CL 2661 (Mono) / CS 9461 (Stereo) - -
1968 Carnival of Sound
Warner Bros. (no number issued) - -
1971 Jan & Dean Anthology Album United Artists UAS-9961 - -
1974 Gotta Take That One Last Ride United Artists UA-LA 341 - -
1982 One Summer Night/Live Rhino RNDA 1498 - -
1985 Silver Summer Silver Eagle 1039 - -
1986 Port to Paradise J&D PTP-111 - -
1996 Save for a Rainy Day
First general public release, featuring
the mono album plus bonus tracks
Sundazed LP 5022 - -
2001 Live In Concert: Surf City
Audio from Jan & Dean's California Tv Special
with Papa Do Ron Ron backing
Legacy ATP062 - -
2010 Carnival of Sound
First commercial release...CD featuring
the original mono album plus bonus tracks
Rhino Handmade RHM2 521476 - -
Carnival of Sound
Same CD as above, plus 10-track vinyl album
Rhino Handmade RHM1 521997 - -

Solo albums

Jan Berry album
  • Second Wave—One Way 34524 (1997)
    A Memorial edition of this CD was released in April 2004, after Jan's death
Dean Torrence solo projects
  • Rock 'N' Roll City—Realistic – 51-3009 (1983)
    Released for Radio Shack as "Mike & Dean" for Mike Love from the Beach Boys and Dean Torrence from Jan & Dean
  • Anthology: Legendary Masked Surfer Unmasked—Varese Sarabande 3020663492 (2002)
  • The Bamboo Trading Company - From Kitty Hawk To Surf City—Steelsurf 10221 (2013)


Jan & Arnie singles
Year A-side/B-side Label & number U.S. Charts Album
Billboard Cashbox
1958 "Jennie Lee"
b/w "Gotta Getta Date"
Arwin 108 8 3 Non-album tracks
"Gas Money"
b/w "Bonnie Lou"
Arwin 111 81 -
"The Beat That Can't Be Beat"
b/w "I Love Linda"
Arwin 113 - -
1960 "Jennie Lee"
b/w "Gotta Getta Date"
Dot 16116 - -
Jan & Dean singles
Year A-side/B-side
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Label & number U.S. Charts Album
Billboard Cashbox
1959 "Baby Talk"
b/w "Jeanette, Get Your Hair Done"
First pressings shown as by "Jan & Arnie"
Dore 522 10 7 Jan & Dean
(a.k.a. The Jan & Dean Sound)
"There's A Girl"
b/w "My Heart Sings"
Dore 531 97 80
b/w "You're On My Mind"
Dore 539 65 88
1960 "White Tennis Sneakers"
b/w "Cindy"
Dore 548 - -
"We Go Together"
b/w "Rosie Lane" (from Jan & Dean)
Dore 555 53 39 Jan & Dean's Golden Hits
b/w "Such A Good Night For Dreaming"
Dore 576 81 119 Non-album tracks
1961 "Judy's An Angel"
b/w "Baggy Pants"
Dore 583 - -
"Don't Fly Away"
b/w "Julie"
Dore 610 - - Jan & Dean
"Heart and Soul"
b/w "Those Words" (First pressings), "Midsummer Night's Dream" (later pressings)
Both B-sides are non-album tracks
Challenge 9111 25 16 Jan & Dean's Golden Hits
"Wanted, One Girl"
b/w "Something A Little Bit Different"
Challenge 9120 104 130 Non-album tracks
"A Sunday Kind Of Love"
b/w "Poor Little Puppet"
Liberty 55397 95 109 Jan & Dean's Golden Hits
1962 "Tennessee"
b/w "Your Heart Has Changed Its Mind" (Non-album track)
Liberty 55454 69 83
"My Favorite Dream"
b/w "Who Put The Bomp" (from Jan & Dean's Golden Hits)
Liberty 55496 - - Non-album tracks
"Frosty the Snowman"
b/w "She's Still Talkin' Baby Talk"
Liberty 55522 - -
1963 "Linda"
b/w "When I Learn How To Cry"
Liberty 55531 28 26 Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin'
"Surf City"
b/w "She's My Summer Girl" (from Popsicle)
Liberty 55580 1 1 Surf City and Other Swingin' Cities
"Honolulu Lulu"
b/w "Someday (You'll Go Walking By)" (Non-album track)
Liberty 55613 11 10
"Drag City"
b/w "Schlock Rod (Part 1)"
Liberty 55641 10 10 Drag City
1964 "Dead Man's Curve"/
"The New Girl In School"
Liberty 55672 8
Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl In School
"The Little Old Lady From Pasadena"
b/w "My Mighty G.T.O." (from Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl In School)
Liberty 55704 3 5 The Little Old Lady From Pasadena
"Ride The Wild Surf"/
"The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle,Book Review
and Timing Association" (from The Little Old Lady From Pasadena)
Liberty 55724 16
Ride The Wild Surf
"Sidewalk Surfin'"
b/w "When It's Over" (from The Little Old Lady From Pasadena)
Liberty 55727 25 28
1965 "(Here They Come) From All Over The World"
b/w "Freeway Flyer" (Non-album track)
Liberty 55766 56 50/114 Command Performance/Live In Person
"You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy"
b/w "It's As Easy As 1, 2, 3" (from Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl In School)
Liberty 55792 27 42 Jan & Dean Golden Hits, Volume 2
"It's A Shame To Say Goodbye"
b/w "The Submarine Races" (from Ride The Wild Surf)
Cancelled single
Liberty 55816 - - Folk 'N Roll
"I Found A Girl"
b/w "It's A Shame To Say Goodbye"
Liberty 55833 30 39
"A Beginning From An End"
b/w "Folk City"
Liberty 55849 109 110
1966 "Norwegian Wood"
b/w "I Can't Wait To Love You" (from Folk 'N Roll)
Cancelled single
Liberty 55856 - - Filet of Soul: A "Live" One
b/w "Bucket T" (from Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl In School)
Last single released before Jan's car accident
Liberty 55860 66 60 Jan & Dean Meet Batman
b/w "Norwegian Wood" (from Filet of Soul: A "Live" One)
Liberty 55886 21 24 Popsicle
"Fiddle Around"
b/w "A Surfer's Dream" (from Ride The Wild Surf)
Liberty 55905 93 - Non-album track
"School Day"
b/w "The New Girl In School"
Liberty 55923 - - Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl In School
"Summertime, Summertime"
b/w "California Lullaby"
J & D Record Co. 001 (July)
Magic Lamp 401 (August)
J & D Record Co. 401 (August)
- - Non-album tracks
"Like A Summer Rain"
b/w "Louisiana Man" (from Carnival of Sound, cancelled)
J & D Record Co. 402 - - Save For A Rainy Day (Cancelled)
1967 "Yellow Balloon"
b/w "Taste Of Rain"
Columbia 44036 111 116
b/w "Tijuana" (Non-album track)
Jan & Dean 10 - - Carnival of Sound (Cancelled)
"Fan Tan"
b/w "Love and Hate"
Jan & Dean 11 - -
b/w "Snow Flakes on Laughing Gravy's Whiskers"
Shown as by "The Laughing Gravy"
White Whale 261 - - Non-album tracks
"Only A Boy"
b/w "Love and Hate"
Warner Bros. 7151 - - Carnival of Sound (Cancelled)
1968 "I Know My Mind"
b/w "Laurel and Hardy"
Warner Bros. 7219 - -
"Girl, You're Blowing My Mind"
b/w "In The Still Of The Night"
Cancelled single
Warner Bros. 7240 - -
1972 "Jennie Lee"
b/w "Vegetables"
United Artists 50859 - - Jan & Dean Anthology
1973 "Gonna Hustle You"
b/w "Summertime, Summertime"
Shown as by "The Legendary Masked Surfers"
United Artists 50958 - - Non-album tracks
"Summer Means Fun"
b/w "Gonna Hustle You"
Shown as by "The Legendary Masked Surfers"
United Artists 270 - -
1975 "Fun City"
b/w "Totally Wild"
Ode 66111 - -
1976 "Sidewalk Surfin'"
b/w "Gonna Hustle You"
United Artists 670 107 119
1982 "Ocean Park Angel"
b/w "Blue Moon"
Cancelled single
- - -
1987 "Oh What A Beautiful Morning"
b/w "Wa Ishi Nichi Shiow"
Encore Studio - -

Solo singles

Jan Berry singles
  • "Tomorrows Teardrops"/"My Midsummers Night Dream"—Ripple 6101 (1960)
    Shown as "Jan Barry"
  • "Universal Coward"/"I Can't Wait To Love You"—Liberty 55845 (1965)
    Both tracks from the Jan & Dean album Folk 'N Roll (all other tracks from this list are non-album)
  • "Mother Earth"/"Blue Moon Shuffle"—Ode 66023 (1972)
    Jan's first post-accident lead vocal release
  • "Blue Moon Shuffle"/"Don't You Just Know It"—Ode 66034 (1973)
  • "Tinsel Town (Hitch-A-Ride To Hollywood"/"Blow Up Music"—Ode 66050 (1974)
  • "Sing Sang A Song"/"Sing Sang A Song" (Singalong version) -- Ode 66120 (1976)
  • "Little Queenie"/"That's The Way It Is"—A&M 1957 (1977)
  • "Skateboard Surfin' USA"/"How-How I Love Her"—A&M 2020 (1978)
  • "Rock City"/"Its Gotta Be True"—JB (cassette single) (1984)
Dean Torrence Related singles
  • "Summertime Summertime"/"Theme From Leon's Garage"—Brer Bird 001 (1965)
    Released as "Our Gang" featuring Dean and Gary Zekley
  • "Da Doo Ron Ron"/"Baby Talk"—Hitbound Records – HR-101A (1982)
    From Mike Love's and Dean Torrence's (Mike & Dean) Radio Shack LP album Rock 'N' Roll City.
  • The Bamboo Trading Company digital EP — "Shrewd Awakening" [lead vocal with Katie & Jillian Torrence]/"Tonga Hut" [intro and backing vocal] (January 21, 2014) [62]
  • The Bamboo Trading Company digital EP — "Star Of The Beach" [lead vocal]/"Drinkin' In The Sunshine" [backing vocal]/"Tweet (Don't Talk Anymore)" [lead vocal] (July 4, 2014) [63]


Liberty All-Time Hit Series reissues\
  • "Surf City" / "Honolulu Lulu"—54534
  • "Dead Man's Curve" / "Drag City"—54544
  • "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" / "The New Girl In School"—54546
  • "You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy" / "It's As Easy As 1,2,3"—54549
  • "Batman" / "Popsicle"—54554
United Artists Silver Spotlight Series reissues

All released January 1973

  • "Jennie Lee" / "Baby Talk"—XW089
    A-side is a re-recorded version of the Jan & Arnie hit, featured on Jan & Dean's Golden Hits
  • "Surf City" / "Ride The Wild Surf"—XW091
  • "Dead Man's Curve" / "Drag City"—XW092
  • "Honolulu Lulu" / "Sidewalk Surfin'"—XW093
  • "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" / "Popsicle"—XW094
Collectables (CEMA Special Markets) reissues

All released 1993

  • "Linda" / "The New Girl In School"—COL 6182
  • "Honolulu Lulu" / "Sidewalk Surfin"—COL 6183
  • "Popsicle" / "(Here They Come) From All Over The World"—COL 618


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  • Holdship, Bill (April 2005), "Wipeout! (Jan & Dean Article)", MOJO 
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  • Moore, Mark A. (2005), "A Righteous Trip: In the Studio with Jan Berry", Dumb Angel Magazine (Neptune's Kingdom Press) 4: 88–99 
  • Moore, Mark A. (2007), "Rainy Days in a Carnival of Sound: The Lost Renaissance of Jan & Dean", Endless Summer Quarterly Fall: 31–38 
  • Moore, Mark A., Jan & Dean History, retrieved 2007-02-13 


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  2. ^ "Pollution (3) - Pollution (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Winners". Communicator Awards. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
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  7. ^ 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002. Year: 1930; Census Place: Compton, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 125; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 897; Image: 1073.0; FHL microfilm: 2339860.
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  16. ^ Often misspelled "John Sagliman". See University High School Yearbook (June 1958):43.
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  18. ^ Barons and KJAN recordings (open reel tapes, including "a cappella" harmonies) provided by Joe Lubin, eventual producer for Jan and Arnie, to Mark A. Moore. Dean Torrence is present as a vocalist on some of these garage recordings.
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  20. ^ The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, ed. Colin Larkin, 2nd ed., (Guinness Pub., 1995):2134.
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  25. ^ "Jan & Dean Photo Galleries - Jan & Arnie/Jan & Arnie". Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  26. ^ Mark A. Moore, Barons & Bomps.
  27. ^ "Jan & Dean Photo Galleries - Jan & Arnie/Jennie Lee". Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
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  33. ^ Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT: October 19, 1958).
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  39. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 20 - Forty Miles of Bad Road: Some of the best from rock 'n' roll's dark ages. [Part 1]" (AUDIO). Pop Chronicles. 
  40. ^ Jan Berry's Nevins-Kirshner and Screen Gems contracts in possession of Mark A. Moore.
  41. ^ Jan Berry's UCLA and CCM school transcripts, in possession of Mark A. Moore
  42. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978), The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.), London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd, pp. 160–161, ISBN 0-214-20512-6 
  43. ^ "MYSTERIOUS FINANCIER: Dean Torrence and the Kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
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  46. ^ Studio and Legal documentation in possession of Mark A. Moore.
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  49. ^ Studio documentation in possession of Mark A. Moore, plus Alan Wolfson, Jim Pewter, and Lou Adler interviews conducted by Moore.
  50. ^ Don Zirilli, Manager of Papa Doo Run Run.
  51. ^ Documentation provided by Jim Pewter to Mark A. Moore. Pewter took photographs of the Palomino event.
  52. ^ In association with Rancho Los Amigos and Southern California Rehabilitation Services. Documentation and promotional literature in possession of Mark A. Moore.
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  58. ^ Dave Marsh "An Analytical Study", in the liners for Jan and Dean's Anthology LP, United Artists, 1971.
  59. ^ Peer acknowledgment from Berry's music industry associates, who knew and worked closely with him, included Artie Kornfeld, P. F. Sloan, Steve Barri, Hal Blaine, Bones Howe, Kim Fowley, and Joe Lubin, among others. From in-depth interviews conducted by Mark A. Moore.
  60. ^ Brian Wilson interview with Peter Jones Productions, quoted in article by Mark A. Moore titled: Jan Berry 101: A Study in Composition (Endless Summer Quarterly, Summer 2004).
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  63. ^ "iTunes - Music - Star of the Beach (Music from the Original Motion Picture) - EP by The Bamboo Trading Company". 2014-07-04. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 

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