Jan & Dean

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US pop duo comprising Jan Berry (William Jan Berry, 3 April 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 26 March 2004, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Dean Torrence (b. 10 March 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA). Students at Emerson Junior High School, Berry and Torrence began singing together on an informal basis. They formed an embryonic group, the Barons, with Bruce Johnston and Sandy Nelson, but its members gradually drifted away, leaving Berry, Torrence and singer Arnie Ginsburg to plot a different course. The trio recorded ‘Jennie Lee’ in 1958. A homage to the subject of Ginsburg’s affections, a local striptease artist, the single (on the Arwin label) became a surprise hit, reaching number 8 in the US chart in May. Although featured on the song, Torrence was drafted into the Army Reserves prior to its success, and the pressing was credited to Jan And Arnie. Subsequent releases failed to achieve success and Jan And Arnie came to a premature end....

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