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Jan & Dean

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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Surf City (CD)
Jan & Dean: Surf City (CD) Art-Nr.: CD902504

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(Rainbow) 10 tracks
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Surf City - Little Deuce Coupe (7inch, 45rpm, Picture Disc)
Jan & Dean: Surf City - Little Deuce Coupe (7inch, 45rpm,... Art-Nr.: 45MAYBE73

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(Maybellene) 2 tracks - Limited Edition (1.000) Picture Disc - small center
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Jennie Lee - Ride The Wild Surf (7inch, 45rpm)
Jan & Dean: Jennie Lee - Ride The Wild Surf (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45COL6181

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(Collectables) 2-Track Vinyl Single - With company sleeve, large center hole for the juke box!
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Surf City - Ride The Wild Surf (7inch, 45rpm)
Jan & Dean: Surf City - Ride The Wild Surf (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45X091

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(EMI Capitol) 2-Track Vinyl Single - Silver Spotlight Series - With large center hole for the juke box!
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Honolulu Lulu - Sidewalk Surfin' (7inch, 45rpm)
Jan & Dean: Honolulu Lulu - Sidewalk Surfin' (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45XW093

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(United Artists) 2-Track Vinyl Single - Silver Spotlight Series - With company sleeve, large center hole for the juke box!
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Linda - New Girl In School (7inch, 45rpm)
Jan & Dean: Linda - New Girl In School (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45XW090

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(United Artists) 2-Track Vinyl Single - Silver Spotlight Series - With company sleeve, large center hole for the juke box!
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Drag City - Dead Man's Curve (7inch, 45rpm)
Jan & Dean: Drag City - Dead Man's Curve (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45X092

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(EMI Capitol) 2-Track Vinyl Single - Silver Spotlight Series - With company sleeve, large center hole for the juke box!
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Gold Super Disc (LP, Japan)
Jan & Dean: Gold Super Disc (LP, Japan) Art-Nr.: LPK28P9120

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(Liberty Records Japan) 16 Tracks - 1962-1966 - Extremely rare Japanese pressing!
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Ride Wild Surf - Little Old Lady From Pasadena (CD)
Jan & Dean: Ride Wild Surf - Little Old Lady From Pasadena... Art-Nr.: CD005520

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The Original (CD)
Jan & Dean: The Original (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTO860162

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(Disky) 18 tracks
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The Little Old Lady From Pasadena (LP)
Jan & Dean: The Little Old Lady From Pasadena (LP) Art-Nr.: LPLN10151

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(Liberty) 10 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1964 'Liberty' album
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Golden Summer Days (CD)
Jan & Dean: Golden Summer Days (CD) Art-Nr.: CDVSD5727

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(1996/Varese Sarabande) 17 tracks
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Surf City - The Very Best Of (CD)
Jan & Dean: Surf City - The Very Best Of (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP92772

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(1990/EMI-USA) 22 tracks
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The Very Best Of Jan And Dean (CD)
Jan & Dean: The Very Best Of Jan And Dean (CD) Art-Nr.: CDAX70115

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(Achse) 12 tracks
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The Best Of Jan & Dean (CD)
Jan & Dean: The Best Of Jan & Dean (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP7468852

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(1988/EMI-USA) 10 tracks
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Drag City - Pop Symphony No.1 (CD)
Jan & Dean: Drag City - Pop Symphony No.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: CD18839

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​(Cema Special Markets) 26 tracks - Two original Jan & Dean LP albums from 1963 and 1965
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Dead Man's Curve - The New Girl In School '64 Stereo (LP)
Jan & Dean: Dead Man's Curve - The New Girl In School '64... Art-Nr.: LPC5550

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(1990/C5) 12 tracks - Reproduction of the 1964 Liberty album!
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The Complete Liberty Singles (2-CD)
Jan & Dean: The Complete Liberty Singles (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDCCM949

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(2008/CCM) 42 tracks 1962-66, all A and B-sides in its original mixes. With 20 page booklet - essential!
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Ride The Wild Surf - Folk'n'Roll (CD)
Jan & Dean: Ride The Wild Surf - Folk'n'Roll (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBGO636

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(2004/BGO) 24 tracks, original 1964-1965 Liberty recorings. Slipcase packaging with 12 page booklet.
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Surf City - Dead Man's Curve-The New Girl In School (CD)
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(2004/BGO) 24 tracks, original 1963 -1964 Liberty recordings - slipcase packing with 12 page booklet.
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Ride The Wild Surf (LP)
Jan & Dean: Ride The Wild Surf (LP) Art-Nr.: LPC5562

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(1990/C5) 12 tracks, reproduction of the original 1964 album!
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Carnival Of Sound - plus Deluxe Edition - The Legendary Unissued Album (CD)
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(Rhino) 29 tracks 1966-68 (79:19) digipac with a stunning 32 page booklet. Jan Berry’s Carnival Of Sound — a collection of music he finished in 1968 (after his near-fatal automobile accident on April 12, 1966) — is astonishing . . ....
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Save For A Rainy Day (CD)
Jan & Dean: Save For A Rainy Day (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSC11035

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When Jan Berry was injured in a terrible auto accident in 1966, partner Dean Torrence did his best to keep the duo’s name alive. Though released under the Jan & Dean moniker, Save for a Rainy Day was solely Torrence’s creation. A concept...
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The Very Best Of (CD)
Jan & Dean: The Very Best Of (CD) Art-Nr.: CD3119752

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(2005/EMI) 20 tracks Capitol 1962-65 with 8 page booklet - special price.
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Surf City (CD Album)
Jan & Dean: Surf City (CD Album) Art-Nr.: CDC5585

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(1992/C-Five Records) 12 tracks. Reissue of the original 1964 Vinyl LP album!
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