The Jan & Dean Record

The Jan & Dean Record
The Jan & Dean Record

The Jan & Dean Record: A Chronology of Studio Sessions, Live Performances and Chart Positions
By Mark A. Moore

Foreword by Brian Wilson

168 photos & illustrations; discography; appendices; bibliography; song index; general index; softcover, 454 pp.; 8.5″ x 11″

This is Jan Berry’s biography. The book chronicles Jan’s career as a songwriter and arranger—and his tenure as producer for Jan & Dean and other acts—with day-by-day entries detailing recording sessions, single and album releases, concerts and appearances, film and television projects, behind-the-scenes business and legal matters, chart positions and more.  Featuring in-depth coverage of Jan’s 1966 automobile accident and his return to the studio one year later. The book is largely based on extensive primary source documentation, but it is fleshed out by commentary from various family members, professional colleagues, and friends. Studio invoices, contract details, tape box notes, copyright information and other particulars shed light on how music was made in the Hollywood studio system of the 1960s.

If you’re a fan of the Wrecking Crew, this book is for you.

“Jennie Lee” . . . “Baby Talk” . . . “We Go Together” . . . “Heart and Soul” . . . “Linda” . . . “Surf City” . . . “Honolulu Lulu” . . . “Drag City” . . . “Dead Man’s Curve” . . . “The New Girl In School” . . . “The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)” . . . “Ride the Wild Surf” . . . “Sidewalk Surfin'” . . . “You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy” . . . “I Found A Girl” . . . “Popsicle”