Jan & Dean
|Genres:||Doo Wop Music & Radio Books Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||surf 60s oldies surf rock rock and roll|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Lyrics Official Homepage Wikipedia|
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 Ginsburgs 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....