Next to the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean was the most popular surf rock act of the early-mid 1960s. Jan Berry and Dean Torrance started out in a group they founded in high school known as the Barons that also included Arnie Ginsburg. In 1958, Jan, Dean, and Arnie recorded two songs that became chart hits that same year. Dean then left for a six month stint in the Army and Jan signed up with Arwin records and released the two songs as being by "Jan and Arnie."
Upon Dean's return, Arnie joined the Navy and Jan and Dean then signed up with the Dore label and thereafter remained a duo. Jan and Dean's best known songs include "Jennie Lee" (1958, as Jan and Arnie), "Baby Talk" (1959), "Surf City" (1963), and "The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)" (1964). Dean Torrence provided lead vocals for the Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann."
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Jan And Dean
- Dead Man's Curve 1964
- Drag City 1963
- Honolulu Lulu 1963
- Linda 1963
- The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) 1964
- The New Girl In School 1964
- Popsicle 1966
- Ride The Wild Surf 1964
- Sidewalk Surfin' 1964
- Surf City 1963
(This song topped the charts.)
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