Jan Berry, RIP

Jan Berry was the tenacious musical genius who brought the Jan and Dean duo to life in the 1960′s and profoundly influenced the evolving sound of his colleague Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. We briefly recalled Jan and Dean when Dean made a memorable appearance on behalf of Arnold Schwarzenegger this past October 8 at a surfers’ rally for Arnold: “Dean Torrence appears for Arnold.”
Berry became famous before his eighteenth birthday. By his own account, he “relished all that came with that. Hit records, national television, and beautiful women. We were golden boys in an era when things like rock-n-roll and television were in their infancy. But I stayed in school, taking music theory classes in college, majoring in zoology, and eventually entering medical school.”
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Berry recalled that as he pursued his career in music, he “lived two lives

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