Jan and Dean
"Jan Berry" (April 3, 1941, Los Angeles – March 26, 2004) and "Dean Torrence" (born March 10, 1940, Los Angeles) were a rock and roll duo popular from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s. Although Jan & Dean pre-dated The Beach Boys, they became most famously associated with the vocal "surf music" craze inspired by The Beach Boys.
Jan and Dean
Jan & Dean began singing together after football practice at University High School (Los Angeles) in Los Angeles. Primitive recording sessions followed soon after, in a makeshift studio in Jan's garage. They first performed on stage as ''The Barons'' at a high school dance. Their first commercial success was "Jennie Lee" (1958), a Top-10 ode to a local burlesque performer which Jan Berry recorded with fellow Baron Arnie Ginsburg. ''Jan & Arnie'' released three singles in all. After Dean returned from a stint in the army reserves, and Arnie went off to other pursuits, Berry and Torrence began to make music as "Jan & Dean".
With the help of friend Herb Alpert and producer Lou Adler, Jan & Dean scored another Top-10 smash with "Baby Talk" (1959), and then scored a series of hits over the next couple of years. Playing local venues, they met...