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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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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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Jan & Dean: Surf City - Dead Man's Curve-The New Girl In School (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO633

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(2004/BGO) 24 tracks, original 1963 -1964 Liberty recordings - slipcase packing with 12 page booklet.

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Jan & Dean: Dead Man's Curve - The New Girl In School '64 Stereo (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPC5550

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(1990/C5) 12 tracks - Reproduction of the 1964 Liberty album!

$22.36 *

Jan & Dean: California Gold (2-LP) Cut-Out
Art-Nr.: LPPDL21071

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​(Pair) 17 Capitol masters- small cut on corner

$23.60 *

Jan & Dean: Ride The Wild Surf (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPC5562

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(1990/C5) 12 tracks, reproduction of the original 1964 album!

$17.64 *

Jan & Dean: The Sound Of (1st Album on 'Dore') re-issue
Art-Nr.: LPDORE101

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(Dore) 12 tracks, recorded 1959 and 1960 for the Dore label! Fantastic sound!

$14.75 *

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

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(1988/EMI-USA) 10 tracks

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Jan & Dean: Little Old Lady From Pasadena
Art-Nr.: CDC5574

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(1991/C5) 12 tracks 1964 Liberty

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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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Jan & Dean: The Jan & Dean Sound - ERA Records (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDERA5035

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(1996/K-tel/ERA) 18 tracks - original masters. Factory sealed stock copy.

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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

$35.34 *

Jan & Dean: Gotta Take That One Last Ride
Art-Nr.: CD18688

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​(1996/One Way Records) 24 tracks, two albums on one CD! This rarity includes some very rare Jan & Dean songs!

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Jan & Dean: Drag City (CD Album)
Art-Nr.: CDC5560

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(1990/C-Five) 12 tracks, rare CD, rare tracks! Reissue of the original 1964 Liberty LP!

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Jan & Dean: Carnival Of Sound - plus Deluxe Edition - The Legendary Unissued Album (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRHM521476

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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 . . . Strong production, great...

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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 album featuring songs...

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Jan & Dean: Save For A Rainy Day 180 g Limited Edition
Art-Nr.: SLP5417

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(2012/SUNDAZED) 10 tracks, reissue of this 1966 album, recorded in a garage studio together with L.A.'s most celebrated session men!

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Jan & Dean: The Dore Album
Art-Nr.: SLP5040

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The original album plus vintage single sides and bonus color photo

$53.04 *

Jan & Dean: Popsicle
Art-Nr.: CDSC6240

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(2006/SUNDAZED) 12 tracks Assembled in the summer of '66 to coincide with 'Popsicle,' Jan & Dean's last great chart smash, the LP of the same name appeared mere months after Jan Berry's near-fatal car crash. The hybrid POPSICLE album is a magnificent confection all...

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Jan & Dean: The Very Best Of Jan And Dean (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAX70115

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(1990/Axis) 12 tracks

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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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Jan & Dean: The Heart & Soul Of...
Art-Nr.: CD712112

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(2012/HALLMARK) 16 tracks - the rare early DORE recordings!

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Jan & Dean: Golden Summer Days (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVSD5727

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(1996/Varese Sarabande) 17 tracks

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Jan & Dean: Surf City - The Very Best Of (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP92772

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(1990/EMI-USA) 22 tracks

$20.00 *

Jan & Dean: Surf's Up
Art-Nr.: CDFUEL61911

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(2012/FUEL) 23 tracks (57:49) later recordings, liscensed from Salty Dog and Jan & Dean.

$17.64 *