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Jan & Dean Drag City - Pop Symphony No.1 (CD)

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Jan & Dean: Drag City - Pop Symphony No.1 (CD)

​(Cema Special Markets) 26 tracks - Two original Jan & Dean LP albums from 1963 and 1965

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Jan & Dean - Drag City - Pop Symphony No.1 (CD) CD 1
01 Drag City Jan & Dean
02 I Gotta Drive Jan & Dean
03 Drag Strip Girl Jan & Dean
04 Surfin' Hearse Jan & Dean
05 Dead Man's Curve Jan & Dean
06 Schlock Rod Jan & Dean
07 Schlock Rod (part 2) Jan & Dean
08 Popsicle Truck Jan & Dean
09 Surf Route 101 Jan & Dean
10 Sting Ray Jan & Dean
11 Little Deuce Coupe Jan & Dean
12 Hot Stocker Jan & Dean
13 Frosty The Snowman Jan & Dean
14 She's Still Talking Baby Talk Jan & Dean
15 The Little Old Lady From Pasadena Jan & Dean
16 Baby Talk Jan & Dean
17 Honlulu Lulu Jan & Dean
18 Dead Man's Curve Jan & Dean
19 Surf City Jan & Dean
20 It's Shame To Say Goodbye Jan & Dean
21 Drag City Jan & Dean
22 You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy Jan & Dean
23 Sidewalk Surfin' Jan & Dean
24 Heart And Soul Jan & Dean
25 The New Girl In School Jan & Dean
26 Linda Jan & Dean
Jan & Dean Think of 1960s 'surfer' music and two groups immediately come to mind: The... more
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Think of 1960s 'surfer' music and two groups immediately come to mind: The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean. Jan Berry was half of the duo and sang lead on The Beach Boys' 1966 hit Barbara Ann.

Jan Berry was born in Los Angeles on April 3, 1941. In high school he met Arnie Ginsburg and Dean Torrance. The trio formed a musical group, The Barons, and Berry and Ginsburg began writing songs. In 1958, Jennie Lee, an ode to an LA stripper, was recorded in Jan's garage. Credited to Jan & Arnie, it became a hit, reaching #8 on the Pop Chart. One more Jan & Arnie side followed before the Jan & Dean line-up rolled up 24 chart singles. Their hits ended in 1966, a few months after Jan was left in a coma after wrecking his car speeding through Dead Man's Curve.

What inspired Berry and co-writer Jill Gibson to respond to Buffy Sainte-Marie's anti-war anthem, Universal Soldier, is unclear. Both the Donovan and Glen Campbell versions of the song were on the charts in fall '65, but neither sparked the kind of controversy that Eve Of Destruction did. When he co-wrote The Universal Coward, Jan had no direct stake in the Vietnam War. He had no military background, unlike Dean, who had done an Army Reserve stint. So it's interesting that Dean was sufficiently put off by the lyrics of Coward… that he did not want his name on the label. 

Jan & Dean made a comeback in the late '70s on the back of the made-for-TV biopic 'Dead Man's Curve.' While there were no new records produced, the duo performed their hits on the 'oldies' circuit.

Jan Berry died of a seizure on March 26, 2004

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