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Dean Torrence — A Conversation with Mark A. Moore

Dean Torrence
DEAN TORRENCE

Casual California: A Conversation with Dean Torrence
By Mark A. Moore
Author of The Jan & Dean Record

In Jan & Dean’s heyday, from the late 1950s to mid-1960s, Rock ‘n Roll artists did not have full control over their public imagery, as packaged by production companies or record labels. Yet while signed to Doré Records between 1959 and 1961—before Surf Music came to prominence—some of the duo’s earliest public imagery and press coverage tied them to Southern California’s beach culture.

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Carnival of Sound

JAN BERRY’S RETURN TO THE STUDIO IN 1967

In 1967-68, following a decade of major chart success with Jan & Dean, Jan Berry returned to the studio after a life-threatening automobile accident in 1966.

The result was a Sunshine Pop / Psychedelic opus — a big-studio Wrecking Crew album that officially remained shelved for more than 40 years . . . until 2010.

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Second Wave — 20th Anniversary

SECOND WAVE — 20 Years Later
By Mark A. Moore
Author of The Jan & Dean Record

Second Wave
SECOND WAVE, 1997

Wounded Bird Records has reissued Jan Berry’s solo album Second Wave, originally released on One Way Records in 1997—a milestone in Jan’s recording career. Two new bonus tracks include “Spring Break (Unreleased Original Version)” and “Get That Girl (Unreleased Spoken Intro Version).”

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