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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Dean's vocals
« on: July 11, 2010, 05:11:30 PM »
I think Dean was on a lot of significant Liberty songs. Certainly Linda, Honolulu Lulu, Drag City, DMC, NGIS, Ride the Wild Surf, Popsicle, Summer Means Fun, etc. Not bad. He certainly missed out on the 2 biggest hits, but I guess it really didn't matter. As long as Jan did the producing, it was always a Jan & Dean record. But Dean was on a lot of those hits.

Surf City was not their only appearance in the UK top 40. Heart and Soul was actually their biggest UK hit at # 24.

yes, I believe Heart and Soul was # 24 and Surf City # 26.

« on: June 12, 2010, 10:03:45 AM »

Check this band out from Japan( I think)

First of all, Jan & Dean did OK. 26 hits. 16 top 40. 7 top 10. A lot of bands would have loved that success. I think 2dean2 is right. Capital did a great job of marketing their acts. During the 63-64 years, Jan & Dean were neck and neck with the BB's. However, the BB's albums( which at the time were inferior to what Jan was doing) would still sell more than J&D's. That was marketing.
Of course, the Beach Boys were a great band and had a great producer(learned a lot from Jan). I don't think Jan & Dean could've kept up with them anyway.Their harmonies were really good.

That's great Rockngrann. I did the same. I especially love the Jan & Arnie stuff.

That covers the early stuff pretty good. The live Linda on Murrey the K is not really live. It's the recording of Linda with an audience in the background. But that's a good collection.

THere is another aspect to this that has not been posted.That is Jan & Dean's potential to continue being chart toppers in 1966-1968. There is a reason that I Found a Girl and Batman didn't do as well as they should have. The productions are great! The sound is great! However, I think the public was tired of them, just like the Beach Boys in the late 60's and Leslie Gore in the mid-60's. People just weren't looking for Jan & Dean any more. The TV show could've changed that. A Carnival of Sound release and /or SFRD release in the early 70's could have changed that as well. But I really believe that Jan & Dean were temporarily out of the cool scene at that time. Jan's accident put the icing on the cake, but I really think they would have struggled anyway. Remember, it was Endless Summer that brought the Beach Boys back in the early to mid 70's. Maybe there would have been a break from hits even if Jan wasn't hurt. Now, I think Jan could have produced some great music in the late 60's, but I hesitate to think the hits would have been labled Jan & Dean.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan & Dean's reunion concert
« on: May 01, 2010, 02:28:50 PM »
it's hard to say. Most of the details like that seem to be made up.
I bought a double DVD: The Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba. How about a double release of Dead Man's Curve and the Beach Boys  An American Band. That might sell.

The TAMI Show / Re: BBC News piece on TAMI Show
« on: April 28, 2010, 11:12:54 AM »
Fair enough Mark. I know those BB guys are tough to deal with. I do like what you said about Mike Love and 5 of him would have been like J&D.ha ha
One note about Dennis Wilson.He was not very talented, but he was sure exciting to watch on the TAMI show. But there is no doubt, Brian made the BB's,just like Jan made J&D(at least in the studio)

Thanks Mark

The TAMI Show / Re: BBC News piece on TAMI Show
« on: April 28, 2010, 06:15:15 AM »
Mark, it seems like you are apologizing for J&D's performance on TAMI. I don't think that's necessary. They did what they had to do. The show was great, and Jan & Dean did nothing to make it bad. Dean was skateboarding around, they sang two of their big hits, the crowd seemed to like it, it wasn't that bad!! Like I've said before, Smokey's vocals were worst than Dean's, but nobody's talking about that because he's Smokey Robinson.
Jan & Dean were a major part of the biggest Rock and Roll event in the first 10 years of rock and roll.One of the biggest ever. I don't think you have to apologize for J&D. It makes them look worse than they were.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: From Paul Morantz
« on: April 26, 2010, 06:23:27 AM »
Great article! I'm glad I was able to contribute a little. The video of the last 7 minutes of the movie was the one I put on YouTube. I converted it from a VHS tape I had in 1978.
The movie wasn't accurate, but I'm glad it came out. We wouldn't be here on this site if not for that movie and article by Paul.

« on: April 21, 2010, 06:15:12 AM »
Good morning, fellow Jan & Dean fans. Last night Domenic Priore and Becky put on a great radio show from 7 to 9 west coast time. It was a show about grannies that drive fast. They played 3 songs from J&D Little Old Lady LP.
The TItle, Anaheim, and One-Piece Topless Bathing Suit. The interesting thing is how many groups did granny songs after that. Jan & Dean influenced a lot of groups to sing about fast grannies. It was funny. Some of those songs were really good.

Carnival of Sound / Re: Rhino UK
« on: April 02, 2010, 06:00:42 AM »
Wow!! It's a great album and all, but that's a little high.

Albums / Re: 1966 Popsicle
« on: March 30, 2010, 03:00:31 PM »
THanks Rocker

that was a great review by Domenic.!!

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