Jan & Dean’s Pop Symphony No. 1 (In 12 Hit Movements)
The Bel-Aire Pops Orchestra
Arranged and Conducted by Jan Berry and George Tipton
Jan Berry describes the project . . .
This album fulfills a dream and also answers a question that has been on my mind for the six years that Dean and I have been recording. The question: Is it possible to take contemporary popular music and state it and develop it symphonically? The dream: To be able to do it. I guess that’s one of the things that inspired me to attend Music Theory classes at U.C.L.A.
Wow. To use the old ’60s cliche, ‘what a bummer.’ Jan Berry dead at 62. While his passing did not shock me — like Dennis Wilson’s death in Marina del Ray in ’83, or the tragically premature death of Carl Wilson, in ’98 — still, the death of Jan on Friday, March 26, is a cold reminder of how fragile life truly is. You’re literally ‘here today, gone tomorrow.’
Jan Berry kept us all in the chips for many years. He deserves a few words of thanks.
Jan Berry was a young man that called me and asked me to help him make records. He had a group known as Jan and Dean and he wanted to do everything legally according to our union. He was a medical student but he loved to write songs and arrange music. I gladly said “of course,” and I started to contract his dates at Western Studios. He had the idea of using two sets of drums. I immediately called brother Earl Palmer, the man that got me started, and we set off making hit after hit.