[[caption-width-right:300:Jan Berry (left), Dean Torrance (right).]]

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)
* TheAllegedCar: "Bucket T".
* CarSong: "Bucket T", "Dead Man's Curve", "Drag City", and "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena", among countless others.
* 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 UsefulNotes/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.
** ''Surf City (and Other Swingin' Cities)'' is an even earlier example, with each song being named after a city.
* 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"
* DrugsAreGood: Seems to be the message of "Tijuana", a marijuana-themed rewrite of "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" about a figurative woman who's "the terror of everyone that is a square". Appropriately, it was released as a single in the midst of the PsychedelicRock craze in 1967, and later included on ''Carnival of Sound'', Jan and Dean's own [[{{Vaporware}} long-lost]] flirtation with the psychedelic genre, when it was finally released in 2010.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: It took a while before Jan and Dean found their trademark California sound. They first started out with a style closer to {{Doowop}} than surf pop and their first couple of "surf" albums only included a few actual surf songs alongside covers of regular pop songs.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the choruses of "Bucket T", they can clearly be heard singing [[ClusterFBomb something else that rhymes with "bucket"]].
* {{Instrumentals}}: A few albums include an instrumental or two as filler. Of interest is "Skateboarding", a two-part instrumental which can be best described as "Frère Jacques goes skateboarding": each part was on a separate album!
* InTheStyleOf: Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons ("Linda"), Music/TheBeachBoys (most of their other hits)
* LongTitle: "The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review and Timing Association" probably set a [[{{Pun}} record]] for one of the longest titles to be printed on a 45rpm record label.
* 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]].
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Despite being one of the preeminent surf rock artists in their time, they're nowadays remembered mostly as a footnote in the history of the Beach Boys, [[MisattributedSong for whom they are often confused]]. It should be noted that while Jan and Dean (Jan in particular) were talented songwriters in their own right, many of their biggest hits were written at least in part by Brian Wilson - meaning someone trying to acquaint themselves with Wilson's surf music songwriting repertoire would have to listen to a lot of Jan and Dean!
* 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.