Music / Jan and Dean

Influential singing duo starting in the late 1950s but mainly in the The Sixties. Almost as important to the surf-pop scene as The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean made countless songs, some of which are commonly misattributed to the Beach Boys. The rivalry between the acts was a friendly one; in fact, Brian Wilson 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 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 "Baby Talk" 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 Meet Batman (1966)