RAINY DAYS IN A CARNIVAL OF SOUND:
The Lost Renaissance of Jan & Dean
By Mark A. Moore
Author of The Jan & Dean Record (McFarland, 2016)
The original run for Jan & Dean ended with a bang just before noon on April 12, 1966, sealing a legacy of eight years with 26 chart records, including seven Top 10 and sixteen Top 40 hits, plus various stabs at film and television. Two months later, arranger-producer Jan Berry was discharged from the hospital, and the musical Renaissance of Jan & Dean began almost immediately. So why did it take twelve years and a television movie to rekindle interest in Jan & Dean as a nostalgia act, purveying the Utopian lifestyle of Southern California? Why didn’t the masses get to hear the new music that would have helped Jan & Dean make the transition in 1966-68 — the all-important era when rock music began to be taken seriously; the transition that allowed bands like the Beach Boys to have their earlier catalogs re-evaluated after creating such albums as Pet Sounds and the mythical Smile? The answer for Jan & Dean is perplexing and more than a little disappointing.