Jan Berry & the Aloha Band

Jan Berry & the Aloha Band
By Mark A. Moore
Author of The Jan & Dean Record

A work in progress . . .

In the mid-1970s Dean Torrence was initially not interested in touring with Jan Berry. So Jan assembled his own band and began performing live in the fall of 1976. There was initial confusion about Dean’s absence from Jan’s early solo concerts. His 1978 Aloha Band featured a stand-in “Dean” named Randy Ruff. Jan’s shows were often billed as “A Tribute to Jan & Dean, Featuring Jan Berry” . . . “The Jan & Dean Show, Starring Jan Berry” . . . “The Music of Jan & Dean, Starring Jan Berry” . . . or similar credits.

After the duo’s first successful reunion tours between 1979 and 1981, they broke up on bad terms for a couple of years. In 1982, Jan assembled a new incarnation of the Aloha Band and hit the road for a series of national tours, including a stint in Hawaii in 1983.

When Jan & Dean resumed performing again on a limited basis in 1983, Jan kept the Aloha band on call and toured with them when the duo was not performing. Jan performed with Aloha on and off through 1986 as Jan & Dean ramped up their permanent return to the road.

JAN’S BANDS . . . 

Downing, Tripp & Middler (1976-1977): Paul Downing (lead guitar and musical director), Peter Tripp (bass), Joe Middler (keyboards), Chadwick McCall (drums)

The Aloha Band (1978, “The Hand Picked Band”): Gary Snyder (lead guitar and musical director), John Grove (bass), Brad Rice (keyboards), Gene Wall (keyboards, second tour, replacing Brad Rice), Carl Brenner (drums) — Booking Agent: Steve Green, Advent Talent Associates, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and New York — Road Manager, First Tour: Norm Levinberg, Advent Talent — Road Manager, Second Tour: Keith Ward, Advent Talent

The Aloha Band (1982): Dave Hodgen (drums and band leader), David Loe (lead guitar), Bruce Swanson (guitar), Jeff Todd (bass) Frank Jansen (keyboards) — Tour Manager: Leon McNabb, World Wide Talent

The Aloha Band (1982-1984): David Loe (lead guitar and musical director), Jim Hall (guitar), Jeff Todd (bass) Marv Allin (keyboards), Jim Ebert (drums) — Road Manager: Dave Fiumano Promoter: Don Podolor

The Aloha Band (1984): David Loe (lead guitar and musical director), Dave Duncan (guitar), Don Osborn (bass), Marv Allin (keyboards), Jim Ebert (drums) — Road Manager: Dave Duncan

Jan’s Entertainment Company: WJB, Inc. (1982)

Jan’s Management: Bob Marks, Artists’ Management, November 1977-March 1978; Spotlight Entertainment Company (May 1982)

Jan Berry
JAN BERRY with DOWNING, TRIPP & MIDDLER, 1976. From Left to Right: PAUL DOWNING, JOE MIDDLER, JAN BERRY, and PETER TRIPP — (courtesy Berry Family)

1976 — Jan Berry began performing live solo concerts for the first time since his 1966 car accident

November

14 – The Palomino, North Hollywood, California — (with Downing, Tripp & Middler)

Jan Berry, Palomino, 1976

1977

January

11 – Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, California — (with Downing, Tripp & Middler)

Jan Berry, Golden Bear, 1977

August

16 – Tiffany’s, Marina Del Rey, California — First billing as the Aloha Band

September

30 – Playboy Club, Phoenix, Arizona

October

1-2 – Playboy Club, Phoenix, Arizona

December

30-31 – Playboy Club, Phoenix, Arizona

Las Vegas, Nevada — (with Downing, Tripp & Middler)

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada — (with Downing, Tripp & Middler)

Calgary, Alberta, Canada — (with Downing, Tripp & Middler)

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — (with Downing, Tripp & Middler)

1978

February

3 – Deadman’s Curve (CBS) — Film biography of Jan & Dean debuted on national television.

Deadman's Curve, Film Biography of Jan & Dean, 1978

4 – Oldies Revival, Denver, Colorado

March

8 – Fannie’s Trolley, Bloomington, Illinois

12 – Holiday Inn, Jasper, Indiana

15-16 – Macon County Light Company, Decatur, Illinois

18-19 – Colony House, Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Stonehenge, Lebanon, Illinois — [week of March 20-24]

St. George and the Dragon, Pueblo, Colorado

Chandler, Arizona

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Altus, Oklahoma

The Extra Point, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Holiday Inn, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Louisiana

Varsity Club, College Park, Pennsylvania

Topeka, Kansas

Tennessee

Mississippi

Arkansas

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Jan Berry's Aloha Band, 1978
JAN BERRY’S ALOHA BAND, 1978. From Left to Right: GARY SNYDER, CARL BRENNER, JOHN GROVE, and BRAD RICE — (courtesy John Grove)

April-June

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Wichita, Kansas

Lubbock, Texas

Six Flags Over Texas

May

4 – Fannie’s Trolley, Bloomington, Illinois

26-27 – Market Show Lounge, Rolling Prairie Inn, Clive, Iowa

Jan Berry and the Aloha Band, 1978
The ALOHA BAND, 1978. From Left to Right: CARL BRENNER, BRAD RICE, JAN BERRY (bottom), JOHN GROVE, and GARY SNYDER — (courtesy John Grove)

June

15 – Plantation Inn, Gainesville, Florida

26 – Surf Side VI, Beaver Park, Lorain, Ohio

July

15 – Palladium, New York City — Murray the K’s Brooklyn Fox Reunion. Dean Torrence joined Jan and the Aloha Band for Jan & Dean’s first live performance together outside of California since Jan’s 1966 automobile accident. Also on the bill were Jay Black & the Americans, the Four Tops, the original Ronettes, and the Skyliners. Promoter: Ron Delsener.

Jan & Dean, Murray the K's Brooklyn Fox Reunion, Palladium, New York City, July 15, 1978
JAN & DEAN and the ALOHA BAND, Murray the K’s Brooklyn Fox Reunion, Palladium, New York City, July 15, 1978 — (courtesy John Grove)
Onstage at the Palladium in New York City, July 15, 1978 — From Left: GARY SNYDER, JAN BERRY, DEAN TORRENCE, and JOHN GROVE — (Photo by Suzanne Newman, Courtesy John Grove)
Onstage at the Palladium in New York City, July 15, 1978 — From Left: GARY SNYDER, JAN BERRY, DEAN TORRENCE, and JOHN GROVE — (Photo by Suzanne Newman, Courtesy John Grove)
JAN BERRY Onstage at the Palladium in New York City, July 15, 1978 — (Photo by Suzanne Newman, Courtesy John Grove)
JAN BERRY Onstage at the Palladium in New York City, July 15, 1978 — (Photo by Suzanne Newman, Courtesy John Grove)

21 – The Wagner, Penn Yan, New York

Jan Berry & the Aloha Band, 1978
JAN BERRY & the ALOHA BAND, Onstage at the Wagner, Penn Yan, New York, July 21, 1978 — CARL BRENNER on Drums, with JOHN GROVE Partially Visible on Bass —  (Photo Courtesy Bill Allen)

August

13 – Zodiac Club, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Jan Berry, Zodiac Club, 1978

18 – Americana Amusement Park, Middletown, Ohio

September

7 – Starwood, Los Angeles, California — Dean Torrence joined Aloha onstage to make this a Jan & Dean gig.

JAN BERRY and the ALOHA BAND, with special guest DEAN TORRENCE, Starwood Theater, Los Angeles, September 7, 1978 — (courtesy John Grove)
JAN BERRY and the ALOHA BAND, with special guest DEAN TORRENCE, Starwood Theater, Los Angeles, September 7, 1978 — (courtesy John Grove)
Jan & Dean at the Starwood Club, 1978
JAN & DEAN and the ALOHA BAND, performing at the STARWOOD, with JOHN GROVE on Bass, September 1978 — (Photo by Chris Walter, Courtesy John Grove)

8 – Roxy Theatre, Pacific Beach, San Diego, California

17 – Main Point, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Phoenix Civic Center, Phoenix, Arizona, with Dean Torrence. Also on the bill were the Grass Roots, Steppenwolf, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, and Buddy Rich.

September-December

Alpena, Michigan

Savannah, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

November

11 – Roanoke, Virginia

17 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

 

1979-1980 – Jan & Dean reunion tours with Papa Doo Run Run

1981 – Jan & Dean reunion tour with the Bel-Air Bandits

1981 — Jan & Dean Break-Up

 

1982 — Jan resumed touring with a new incarnation of the Aloha Band

June

22 – Rumbleseat, Long Beach, California

25 – Topanga Corral, Horseshoe Bend, Topanga Canyon, California

Jan Berry and the Aloha Band, 1982
The ALOHA BAND, 1982. From Left to Right: JEFF TODD, BRUCE SWANSON, DAVE HODGEN, JAN BERRY (sitting). FRANK JANSEN, and DAVID LOE — (courtesy Berry Family)

July

12 – Aviation High School, Football Field, Redondo Beach, California

15 – Music Machine, West Los Angeles, California

Jan Berry and the Aloha Band, 1982

August

10 – Carlos O’Brian’s, Riverside, California

16 – El Gato, Van Nuys, California

18-19 – Cattle Baron Saloon, Clovis, California (Fresno)

29 – Palladium, Hollywood, California. “The World’s Largest Beatle Festival,” produced by Ron Kurtz and Don Podolor, in association with Emil Edelmayer. Originally slated for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on August 28. Also on the bill were Tony Sheridan, Rain, Spencer Davis, the British Reunion Band, and Tantrum (an all-girl band). Hosted by Dirk Summers, Joe Benson (KLOS), and Dusty Street (KROQ).

Jan Berry and the Aloha Band, Hollywood palladium, 1982

September

1 – Music Machine, West Los Angeles, California

3 – My Uncle Rich’s Nightclub, San Diego, California

4 – Oceanside Beach Party, Muscular Dystrophy Benefit, San Diego, California

5 – Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel, San Diego, California

October

20 – Radio City, Anaheim, California

November

4 – NACA Convention, Spokane, Washington

5 – Emerald Valley Forest Inn, Creswell, Oregon

11 – Northwest Fair Convention, Great Falls, Montana

12 – Carousel Lounge, Missoula, Montana

15 – Cavalcade, Pueblo, Colorado

17 – Union Bar, Minneapolis, Minnesota

23 – Crazy Zack’s, Wilmington, North Carolina

24 – Crazy Zack’s, Raleigh, North Carolina

25 – Crazy Zack’s, Columbia, Sourth Carolina

December

1 – Holiday Inn, Freeport, Illinois

Jan Berry, lohan Band Press Kit Cover, 1982
JAN BERRY and the ALOHA BAND, Press Kit Cover, 1982. Plans for touring in Europe, Japan, and Australia were abandoned.

1983

January

7 – Century II Civic Center, Wichita, Kansas

9 – 9th Annual Austin Custom Car and Hot Rod Show, Lester E. Palmer Auditorium and Convention Center, Austin, Texas

10 – Belle Starr, Dallas, Texas

11 – The Railhead, Houston, Texas

12 – Rodeo, Amarillo, Texas

15 – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

February

4 – Sacramento Community Convention Center, Sacramento, California

5 – 33rd Annual Autorama and Motor Sports Review, Cal Expo, Sacramento, California

18 – Myriad Convention Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The ALOHA BAND. Back Row from Left: JIM EBERT, DAVID LOE, JIM HALL, JEFF TODD — Front Row from Left: MARV ALLIN, JAN BERRY

May

4-30 – Showroom, Marina Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

July

17 – Pelican Court, Klamath Union High School, Klamath Falls, Oregon

19 – Columbia High School Gym, Richland, Washington

20 – Hudson’s Bay High School Gym, Vancouver, Washington

21 – J. B. Thomas Junior High School Auditorium, Hillsboro, Oregon

22 – Bremerton Junior High School, Bremerton, Washington

23 – Olson Auditorium, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

24 – Cascade High School Gym, Everett, Washington

JAN BERRY'S ALOHA BAND in Hawaii, 1983. From Left to Right: JIM EBERT, JIM HALL, DAVID LOE, JEFF TODD, and MARV ALLIN
JAN BERRY’S ALOHA BAND in Hawaii, 1983. From Left to Right: JIM EBERT, JIM HALL, DAVID LOE, JEFF TODD, and MARV ALLIN

August

1 – Windward Enlisted Club, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

2-3 – Enlisted Club, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii

4-5 – Coconut Grove, Royal Hawaiian Resort, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

6 – Vidinha Stadium, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

7 – Lahania Civic Center Amphitheatre, Maui, Hawaii

8-9 – Blue Max, Maui, Hawaii

12-13 – Kona Lagoon Longhouse, Big Island, Hawaii

14 – Crown Room, Naniloa Surf Hotel, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii

JAN BERRY and the ALOHA BAND, All Access Pass, Hawaiian Tour, 1983
JAN BERRY and the ALOHA BAND, All Access Pass, Hawaiian Tour, 1983

20 – Louisville Fair, Louisville, Kentucky

21 – Andy’s Picnic, Hot Rod Show, Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo, California

23 – El Dorado Saloon, Sacramento, California

26-27 – Mission Inn, Riverside, California

28 – Starwood, Los Angeles, California

September

6 – L. J. Williams Theatre, Jaycess Event, Visalia, California — California All-Star Productions

8 – Creative Arts Center, Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg, California — California All-Star Productions

9 – Modesto Junior College Gym, Kiwanis Club Event, Modesto, California — California All-Star Productions

10 – Nova High School Auditorium, Redding California — California All-Star Productions

14-30 – Showroom, Marina Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

October

1-3 – Showroom, Marina Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

15 – Spaulding High School Gym, Rochester, New Hampshire

16 – Daniel Webster College Gym, Nashua, New Hampshire

18 – Burlington High School, Shelburne Jaycees Event, Burlington, Vermont

19 – Drury Senior High School Gym, North Adams, Massachusetts

21 – Daniel Webster College Gym, Nashua, New Hampshire

22 – Waterford High School Auditorium, Waterford, Connecticut

23 – Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh, New York

Jan Berry and the Aloha Band, 1983

25 – Millsop Community Center, Weirton, West Virginia

26 – Parkersburg South High School Auditorium, Parkersburg, West Virginia

27 – General Nathan Goff Armory, Clarksburg, West Virginia

28 – Malabar High School Gym, Kiwanis Club Event, Mansfield, Ohio

29 – McMorran Auditorium, Kiwanis Club Event, Port Huron, Michigan

30 – Community Center, Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Michigan

ALOHA BAND bassist JEFF TODD with girlfriend SUSAN RICHARDSON, former co-star of the television series “EIGHT IS ENOUGH.” — National Enquirer

November

1 – Flinn Junior High School Auditorium, Rockford, Illinois

2 – Urban Middle School Auditorium, Noon Lions Club Event, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

3 – Lincoln High School Auditorium, Lions Club Event, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

4 – Ashwaubenon High School Gym, Benefit for the Special Olympics, Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin

5 – Oshkosh West High School Auditorium, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

6 – North High School Gym, Noon Lions Club Event, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

8 – D.C. Everett High School Fieldhouse, Jaycees Event, Wausau, Wisconsin — “Wheels For Bonnie” campaign to raise money to buy a new van for Bonnie Cywinski, a 22-year-old woman with muscular dystrophy.

9 – Sentry Theater, Benefit for Ronald McDonald House, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

10 – Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom, University of Iowa, Benefit for Ronald McDonald House, Iowa City, Iowa

11 – John Marshall High School Auditorium, Rochester, Minnesota

12 – Winona Junior High School Auditorium, Winona, Minnesota

13 – Austin High School Auditorium, Austin, Minnesota

14 – Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium, Fargo, North Dakota

16 – Armory, Bismarck Junior College, Bismarck, North Dakota

17 – Pierre, South Dakota

18 – Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, South Dakota

19 – Big Horn Convention Center, Holiday Inn, Sheridan, Wyoming

December

2 – San Francisco Trade Center, San Francisco, California. Billy Tandi Productions, Blast Into the Past. Also on the bill were Bobby Freeman, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, and Donny Brooks.

Jan Berry and the Aloha Band, 1983

14-18 – Tonanzio’s Country Inn, Cabaret and Ballroom, New Bloomfield, Missouri (Guthrie)

1984

April

26 – Post Auditorium, Kiwanis Club Event, Yuma, Arizona

27 – Hendrix Auditorium, Prescott Junior High School, Prescott, Arizona

28 – East Flag Junior High School Gym, Flagstaff, Arizona

29 – Farmington Civic Center, Farmington, New Mexico

30 – John F. Kennedy Middle School, Gallup, New Mexico

May

2 – Corbett Center, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

3 – Pueblo Auditorium, Roswell, New Mexico

4 – Grand Ballroom, Hilton Hotel, Amarillo, Texas

5 – Big Spring High School Auditorium, Big Spring, Texas

6 – R. N. Tydings Auditorium, Hobbs High School, Hobbs, New Mexico

7 – Sweeney Convention Center, Jaycees Event, Santa Fe, New Mexico

9 – Midland Senior High School Auditorium, Kiwanis Club Event, Midland, Texas

10 – Hale County Agricultural Center, Plainview, Texas

11 – Coronado High School Auditorium, Jaycees Event, Lubbock, Texas

12 – San Angelo Coliseum, San Angelo, Texas

13 – Mims Auditorium, Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas

14 – Greenville Municipal Auditorium, Greenville, Texas

15 – Lufkin Civic Center, Lufkin, Texas

16 – Centroplex Theatre for the Performing Arts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

September

17 – Pocatello High School Auditorium, Pocatello, Idaho

18 – Paramount Theater, Idaho Falls, Idaho

19 – Yellowstone National Park, Montana

20 – Lincoln Junior High School, Billings, Montana

21 – Helena Civic Center, Helena, Montana

22 – University Theater, Missoula, Montana

23 – Montana State University Ballroom, Bozeman, Montana

24 – Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington

29 – Capital High School Auditorium, Boise, Idaho

Jan Berry and the Aloha Band, 1984

Songwriting and Recording

In addition to live performances, several members of Jan’s solo bands also wrote songs and recorded with him.

Downing, Tripp & Middler were on Jan’s solo single “Little Queenie” / “That’s The Way It Is” (A&M 1957-S, July 1977).

David Loe co-wrote “Rock City” with Jan and Roger Christian (JB Records Cassette, 1984, recorded by members of the Aloha Band at Gold Star Studios).

Dave Duncan co-wrote “Hawaiian Mirage” with Jan and Randell Kirsch (Port To Paradise, J&D Records, 1986; and Second Wave, One Way Records, 1997, as “Hawaiian Isles”)

Jan Berry & the Aloha Band

Jan Berry and the Aloha Band. Live in concert, 1983 . . . In the early to mid-1980s, this band toured nationally with Jan Berry when he was not performing with Dean Torrence’s group. The video is grainy but the sound is good. The performance with a brain-damaged Jan is as good as anything Jan did with Dean's bands over the years during "Phase II" of their career. The footage reveals a high energy and accomplished ensemble that was dedicated to promoting Jan Berry following the nationally televised film “Deadman’s Curve” (1978) . . . Jan Berry’s Aloha Band: David Loe (guitar, musical director); Jim Hall (guitar) Jeff Todd (bass); Marv Allin (keyboards); Jim Ebert (drums) . . . Video courtesy of David Loe. The band was promoted by Don Podolor.

Posted by The Jan & Dean Record on Sunday, July 31, 2016

Jan Berry and the Aloha Band in concert, Northwest Tour, 1983. The video is grainy but the sound is good. This performance reveals that Jan’s solo concerts during this era were as good as anything he had done with Dean Torrence’s band between 1979 and 1981. — (courtesy David Loe)

Jan Berry & the Aloha Band, Las Vegas, 1983

Jan Berry & the Aloha Band, Las Vegas, 1983 — This performance shows how the band tailored its performances depending on the venue. Compare it to the Northwest Tour '83 video uploaded previously. The video is grainy but the sound is decent. David Loe (guitar, musical director); Jim Hall (guitar) Jeff Todd (bass); Marv Allin (keyboards); Jim Ebert (drums). Video courtesy of David Loe. #JanBerry #JanandDean #JanandDeanRecord #Aloha

Posted by The Jan & Dean Record on Saturday, April 14, 2018

Jan Berry and the Aloha Band in concert, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1983. The video is grainy but the sound is good. — (courtesy David Loe)

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