Influential singing duo starting in the [[OlderThanTheyThink late 1950s]] but mainly in the TheSixties. Almost as important to the surf-pop scene as Music/TheBeachBoys, Jan and Dean made countless songs, some of which are commonly {{misattributed|Song}} to the Beach Boys. The rivalry between the acts was a friendly one; in fact, Music/BrianWilson co-wrote several of their hits, sang backup on "Surf City", and allowed the tune of "Catch a Wave" to be re-used for "Sidewalk Surfin'". Dean, in turn, sang lead on the Beach Boys' version of "Barbara Ann".

Their full names were '''William Jan Berry''' (19412004) and '''Dean [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Ormsby]] Torrence''' 1940 ). Berry first came onto the pop scene with 1958's "Jennie Lee", recorded with Arnie Ginsberg as "Jan and Arnie" due to Torrance getting drafted into the U.S. Army Reserve. Berry and Torrance scored their first hit as a duo with "BabyTalk" in 1959, and kept singing while going through college at UCLA (unlike the Beach Boys) until Jan was badly injured wrecking his Corvette in 1966, suffering brain damage but retaining his genius-level intelligence, but had a comeback in the early 1970s. Berry died in 2004, but Torrence continues to tour and give interviews. Note: Discography covers only the pre-accident years.
* ''Jan & Dean'' (1960)
* ''Jan & Dean's Golden Hits'' (1962)
* ''Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin' '' (1963)
* ''Surf City (And Other Swingin' Cities)'' (1963)
* ''Drag City'' (1963)
* ''Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl In School'' (1964)
* ''Ride the Wild Surf'' (1964)
* ''The Little Old Lady From Pasadena'' (1964)
* ''Command Performance: Live In Person'' (1965)
* ''Pop Symphony No. 1 (In 12 Hit Movements)'' (1965)
* ''Golden Hits Volume 2'' (1965)
* ''Folk & Roll'' (1965)
* ''Jan & Dean [[XMeetsY Meet]] Franchise/{{Batman}}'' (1966)
* ConceptAlbum: Although, sadly, almost forgotten today, ''Jan & Dean Meet Batman'' was one of rock's earliest examples. Half the record is music inspired by the comic books and the [[Series/{{Batman}} TV show]], including a cover of the latter's theme; some lyrics of the songs are taken directly from ''Detective Comics'' #27. The other half details the adventures of "Captain Jan & Dean the Boy Blunder," an AffectionateParody both of TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks and also of the just-passed [[RadioDrama Golden Age of Radio]]. The cuts alternate between type, and as an added bonus, the comedy is funny and the music is catchy.
* CoolOldLady: "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" and its various followups ("[[LongTitle The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review And Timing Association]]", "One-Piece Topless Bathing Suit", and the [[{{instrumentals}} instrumental]] "Old Ladies Seldom Power Shift".
* DrivesLikeCrazy: "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena", "Horace the Swingin' School Bus Driver"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the choruses of "Bucket T", they can clearly be heard singing [[ClusterFBomb something else that rhymes with "bucket"]].
* InTheStyleOf: Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons ("Linda"), Music/TheBeachBoys (most of their other hits)
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Carnival Of Sound'', a psychedelic ''Smile''-esque album Jan Berry started work on shortly after his accident. Unfortunately, [[{{Vaporware}} it wasn't released until 2010]].
* RecordProducer: Jan Berry produced and arranged most of the duo's records himself.
* ShoutOut: The back-cover liner notes for ''The Little Old Lady From Pasadena'' album are credited to "Little Old Grandpa", with the parenthetical notation that "[[Film/AHardDaysNight He's very clean]]".
** The title of "The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle..." references a running gag from ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram''.
* TeenageDeathSongs: "Dead Man's Curve", possibly.