Welcome to the Official Website for Jan Berry
Writer, arranger, and producer for the legendary JAN & DEAN
T H E B O O K
Foreword by Brian Wilson
McFarland, 2016 — 168 photos & illustrations; discography; appendices; bibliography; song index; general index; softcover, 454 pp.: 8.5″ x 11″
An in-depth history and biography of Jan Berry and one of the most famous rock ‘n roll acts from the late 1950s to mid-1960s — JAN & DEAN.
A new stand-alone biography of Jan Berry is forthcoming from author Mark A. Moore in 2018.
Legendary drummer and Wrecking Crew member Hal Blaine passed away on March 11, 2019, at the age of 90. Hal was one of the most popular, and most recorded, drummers of all time. The list of artists he worked for, and the hit records he performed on, is staggering. From Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” … Continue reading Hal Blaine: A Tribute
ENCOMIUM IN MEMORAM VOL. 1 Jan Berry of Jan & Dean Produced by Cameron Michael Parkes and Mark A. Moore Cover Image © Jill Gibson Buy the Album: AMAZON | CD BABY 1. The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review and Timing Association — Tripsitter with Parkes & Moore, and Probyn Gregory on horns … Continue reading Jan Berry Tribute
JAN BERRY’S SECOND WAVE A Conversation with Associate Producer Rob Kuropatwa By Mark A. Moore Author of The Jan & Dean Record After the limited release of Jan & Dean’s Port to Paradise album in 1986, Jan Berry forged ahead with new solo material. By 1988 he had begun writing “She’s Dancing, Dancing” with Sandy St. … Continue reading Second Wave — 20th Anniversary Re-Issue
Casual California: A Conversation with Dean Torrence By Mark A. Moore Author of The Jan & Dean Record In Jan & Dean’s heyday, from the late 1950s to mid-1960s, Rock ‘n Roll artists did not have full control over their public imagery, as packaged by production companies or record labels. Yet while signed to Doré … Continue reading Dean Torrence — A Conversation with Mark A. Moore
JAN BERRY’S RETURN TO THE STUDIO IN 1967 In 1967-68, following a decade of major chart success with Jan & Dean, Jan Berry returned to the studio after a life-threatening automobile accident in 1966. The result was a Sunshine Pop / Psychedelic opus — a big-studio Wrecking Crew album that officially remained shelved for more … Continue reading Carnival of Sound