Jan & Dean

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Also performs as: The Laughing Gravy

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Jan and Dean were an American rock and roll duo, popular from the late 1950s through the mid 1960s, consisting of William Jan Berry (April 3, 1941 – March 26, 2004) and Dean Ormsby Torrence (born March 10, 1940). They were pioneers of the vocal "surf music" craze that was popularized by The Beach Boys. Among their most successful songs was "Surf City", which topped both the Billboard and Cashbox music charts in June 1963; "Drag City", which was a No. 10 hit on both the Billboard and Cashbox charts in 1963; and their song "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena", which peaked at No. 3. "Dead Man's Curve", which reached No. 8 on the Billboard charts in 1964, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.

In 1972 Torrence won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover for the psychedelic rock band Pollution's first eponymous 1971 album, and was nominated three other times in the same category for albums of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 2013, Torrence's design contribution of the Surf City Allstars "In Concert" CD was named a Silver Award of Distinction at the Communicator Awards competition.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1963 Drag City 1
1963 Surf City and Other Swingin' Cities 1
1964 The Little Old Lady From Pasadena 1
1966 Filet of Soul 1
1966 Folk 'n Roll 1
1966 Save for a Rainy Day 2
1979 Dead Mans Curve 1
1990 Ride the Wild Surf 1
1996 Command Performance: Live in Person / Jan & Dean Meet Batman 1
1996 Jan & Dean 1
2010 Jan & Dean’s Pop Symphony No. 1 1
2012 Surfs Up! 1
Before Surf City Jan & Dean 1
Gold 1
Golden Hits 1
Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin' 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1960 The Jan & Dean Sound 1
1988 Surf City 1
1990 Surf City (The Best of Jan and Dean) 1
1992 Greatest Hits 1
1995 The Original 1
1996 Dead Man's Curve / New Girl in School / Popsicle 1
1996 Jan & Dean's Golden Summer Days 1
1998 As Easy as 1-2-3 1
1998 Surf City 1
36 All-time Greatest Hits! 1
All the Hits: From Surf City to Drag City 1
All Time Greatest Hits 1
Golden Hits 1
Greatest Hits 1
Greatest Hits 1
Jan & Dean - 20 Rock'n'Roll Hits 1
Jan & Dean Anthology Album 1
Take Linda Surfin'/ Ride the Wild Surf 1
The Best of Jan & Dean 1
The Complete Early Years 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1961 Heart and Soul / Midsummer Night's Dream 1
1962 Ride the Wild Surf 1
1988 Jan & Dean 1
1992 Dead Man's Curve / Drag City 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
Surfin Safari 1

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