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Jan Berry and Brian Wilson

Jan Berry and Brian Wilson — The Songwriting Collaborations
By Mark A. Moore, Author of The Jan & Dean Record

By August 1962 Jan & Dean had begun performing live with the Beach Boys, an up and coming band from the South Bay founded in 1961. Jan Berry and Brian Wilson (the new group’s leader) became fast friends, bonded creatively, and at the urging of Jan & Dean’s manager Lou Adler, soon began writing songs together. By that time Jan had been in the music business for five years with a string of original songs, arrangements, productions, and hit records to his credit. Moreover, Jan knew the Hollywood studio system inside and out.

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Pop Symphony

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

Pop Symphony

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.

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