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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: California sunshine
« Last post by Mark A. Moore on October 31, 2019, 10:11:52 PM »
This song was originally conceived as "Ginny On My Mind," written by Jan Berry, Tom Sumner, and Alan Wolfson. Jan later changed the title to "Diane's On My Mind," to reflect his new relationship with Diane Osborne in 1977.

The instrumental backing track, performed by Wrecking Crew musicians, was fully finished in the studio. Lyrics were written, but the vocals were never finished.

However, Tom Sumner instigated a re-write, recasting it in the vein of a John Denver song. The new title was "California Sunshine." They changed the lyrics and recorded a rough demo (without the Wrecking Crew).

The original backing track for "Ginny On My Mind" (Wrecking Crew) is strong, and I hope to get it released some day.

Just FYI . . . The backing track for the song "California Sunshine" on the Jan Berry tribute album I co-produced was faithful to "Ginny On My Mind," but vocalist Robbin Thompson changed the melody of the lead vocal to reflect his personal style.

For those who don't know, Robbin Thompson was the lead singer in Bruce Springsteen's band called Steel Mill in the early '70s (before the E Street Band). Robbin then went on to front his own combo, the Robbin Thompson Band. The group had a Billboard chart record with "Brite Eyes" in 1980 (#66).

Backing vocalists for Robbin Thompson's albums included Rick Roberts of The Flying Burrito Brothers and Firefall ("You Are the Woman"), and Timothy B. Schmit of Poco and the Eagles.
DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: California sunshine
« Last post by jdman on October 31, 2019, 02:21:37 PM »
that's the only version I've heard. WHat an amazing song! I can't believe Jan wrote that. Cool track
DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / California sunshine
« Last post by 1Jay1 on October 31, 2019, 06:03:03 AM »
Is there any version on cd doing the rounds of california sunshine, been listening to this track a lot of marks tribute cd,  would love to hear jan singing,
DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: The Matadors v Sloan and Barri
« Last post by jdman on October 22, 2019, 04:28:27 AM »
I agree 100%. Little Old Lady, Anaheim, Sidewalk Surfin would not have sounded right with the Matadors. Just like the Surf City, Drag City, DMC were better suited for them.
DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: The Matadors v Sloan and Barri
« Last post by NateRuvin on October 18, 2019, 03:56:35 PM »
The Matadors rough sound became part of the J&D signature sound in my opinion. That rough sound is a great fit for songs like Surf City, Drag City, I Gotta Drive, Deadman's Curve, etc.... But I think Sloan and Barri were a better fit for the complex harmonies of songs like Anaheim and Little Old Lady.
DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: The Matadors v Sloan and Barri
« Last post by jdman on October 18, 2019, 05:31:51 AM »
yes, Jan & Dean became a massive group with second to none production from Jan. I like both teams. The Matadors had a rough raw sound and Sloan/Barri had a smoother sound. Perfect for the songs they did. Jan did a fantastic job of adjusting to what he had to work with. Although there was a transition on the DMC album, I think the Matadors did everything though DMC and NGIS single. You can hear Jan mess with Tony on the NGIS session. I think Jan & Dean's raw sound was very distinctive. When people say they thought Surf City was a BB song, I want to say Use your ears. The sound is so different from the BBs, even though Brian is in there. Jan's production was completely different from Brians.
DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / The Matadors v Sloan and Barri
« Last post by surferbee on October 15, 2019, 11:58:40 AM »
Not as provocative as it sounds!
I just wondered if anyone had a view or a preference for the back ground vocals of the Matadors as opposed to Sloan and Barri.
S and B were clearly important songwriters for Jan and his arrangements ofthier songs are superb. That said, listening to the Surf andDrag City albums there is depth - perhaps down to the three voices of the Matadors that I don't think is as obvious with S and B. Phil's falsetto is brilliant and makes Little Old lady, Anaheim and other tracks but I love the background voices on Drag City et al.

Contractural issues / money / S&B's songwriting and vocal talents perfectly explain the change.

Not a life changing question but I'd be interested in other views. From Linda onwards Jan and Dean became a harmony vocal group rather than two singers so Agues the background vocals are a key element of their sound.

« Last post by 1Jay1 on September 05, 2019, 02:58:26 PM »
On the single of Tijuana, who chose the mix with, where you can hear Pasadena. I can never why that version was used,when better version were around.
DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Surf City collaboration
« Last post by jdman on August 24, 2019, 02:35:13 PM »
Just for fun. Teaching the youth about Jan and Dean. Lol
DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan Berry Biography
« Last post by Surfermike on August 22, 2019, 07:06:07 AM »
Thanks for the update Mark. Iím sure weíre all anxious waiting for your book on Jan. Now if only some Hollywood producer sees it and wants to turn it into a decent motion picture. Iím sure a bio on Janís life would be quite interesting for all, especially with the latest flicks about Brian Wilson, Freddy Mercury and Elton John.
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