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Hal Blaine Remembers Jan Berry

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HAL BLAINE backing JAN & DEAN at the Hollywood Bowl

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.

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