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Book: The Jan & Dean Record - A Chronology of Studio Sessions, Live Performances and Chart Positions by Mark A. Moore

Book: The Jan & Dean Record - A Chronology of Studio Sessions, Live Performances and Chart Positions by Mark A. Moore

categories: Book, Rock and Roll, West Coast, Surf Music, Biography, Composers, Musicians, Arrangers, Producers, Oldies, Doo Wop, Humor, California Sound, Jan and Dean




Mark A. Moore

Author Mark A. Mooreabout this book: Have you seen the 1978 film "Deadman's Curve"? That was the fictionalized Hollywood version. This book tells the real story behind the iconic 1960s music duo Jan & Dean, and Jan Berry's career as a songwriter, arranger, and record producer. From the late 1950s through mid-1960s, their hit songs helped define the early years of Rock 'n Roll . . . "Jennie Lee," "Baby Talk," "We Go Together," "Heart and Soul," "Linda," "Surf City," "Honolulu Lulu," "Drag City," "Dead Man's Curve," "The New Girl In School," "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)," "Ride the Wild Surf," "Sidewalk Surfin'," "You Really Know How To Hurt a Guy," "I Found a Girl," "Popsicle," and others.

Aside from the music, their outré comedic style helped put a West Coast stamp on the '60s. Before ill luck and tragedy brought it all crashing down, the duo was primed for further success with their own feature film and television shows . . . "Surf Scene," "Easy Come, Easy Go," and "On the Run."

For the first time, accurate details of Jan's 1966 automobile accident, his painstaking recovery from brain damage and partial paralysis, and his return to the studio and touring are presented in-depth. Based on extensive primary source documentation and interviews with colleagues, friends, business associates, and family members, the book illuminates Jan & Dean's career as never before.


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