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.