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« on: March 11, 2019, 06:17:51 PM »
Thanks, Mark, for keeping us posted with the latest news. This was very sad news.

Do you know how many of the Jan & Dean songs did Hal play on?  Gee, this would probably be a good time to get out the book again.  Getting old just isn't the fun it was several years ago... I keep forgetting things I'd like to remember.    I've put the book on the kitchen table, will start going thru it again. I did see that there are a lot of listings under Hal Blaine's name. Think I counted 80 listings under "sessions" alone.

Thanks for all you do, Mark.

MISCELLANEOUS / Concert in Italy
« on: August 12, 2018, 02:24:11 AM »
Just wondering how the concert went in Senigallia, Italy. 

MISCELLANEOUS / Happy Birthday, Gertie
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:24:44 AM »
Gertie, Just in case you take a peek in here now & then...

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday today.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Second Wave
« on: April 18, 2018, 03:23:39 PM »
Thanks for the answer, Rob.  Not the one I would have liked to hear, tho'.
I'm pretty stubborn, so I think I'll continue to believe that Jan wrote some of the songs on "Second Wave" for Gertie.      Gertie is one terrific gal.


« on: August 09, 2017, 03:04:52 AM »
Thanks! That was just what I needed to start my day.

I've got a really nice 2 CD set from about 1996, "Jan & Dean all the Hits from Surf City to Drag City"    It has 25 songs on 1 CD + several "radio spots" and a "Merry Christmas" promo  Disc 2 has 26 songs with more promos.
Only 1 song from Jan & Arnie (Jennie Lee) and none of their later songs.
When I bought it, I was looking for "Popsicle". (One of the guys used to push that popsicle cart all over the neighborhood.)
Some of us "kids" from Jr. High were having our own little reunion (4 couples) and I was looking for music from then.
Then, I found it was a much later version of "Popsicle", I don't even know who did the original... doesn't matter, Jan & Dean are my very favorites.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Remembering Jan
« on: March 30, 2017, 12:56:13 PM »
Totally agree!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Surf City: The Jan & Dean Story
« on: November 27, 2016, 05:38:32 AM »
Thanks! Enjoyed every minute of this program.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Your JAN & DEAN Collection
« on: May 24, 2016, 04:03:32 PM »
The only order is the way I take them off the shelves: CD's first:

Port to Paradise     Complete Early Years   Torrence of Berry'd Treasures Vol. 1 and 2
Little Old Lady from Pasadena/Filet of Soul
Drag City/Pop Symphony No. 1       Take Linda Surfin'/Ride the Wild Surf
Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl in School/Popsicle
Command Performance-Live in Person/ J&D Meet Batman
Surf City/Folk 'n Roll       Gotta Take That One Last Ride
Teen Suite 1958-1962 (2 copies)       save for a rainy day
Silver Summer (2 copies)      Legendary Masters Series (2 copies)
Second Wave (2 copies - both signed)
Jan & Dean      The Complete Liberty Singles   
Beach Boys  hang ten   J&D  (in round tin)         Rare Archives 2
Rough City         The Best of J&D        Live at Raging Waters
Live in Concert Surf City        The Ultimate Surfin' Album        Fun Fun Fun
The Batman Album      Encomium in Memoriam Vol. 1       The J&D Story
The Legendary Masked Surfers       The Friends of J&D
L I V E  SURF  CENTER STAGE         one summer dream (2 discs)
Anthology Album           Masters 1168  J&D Favorites
All the Hits from Surf City to Drag City (2 discs)
Golden Hits Volumes 1, 2, & 3   3 LPs on 2 CDs

and   Surfin' on the World Wide Web by Don Altfeld

Old Albums:

J&D Golden Hits Volume 2 (2 copies, one signed)
Jan & Dean (copy of their original album)

Sheet Music (original):

The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)

A wall full of photos from concerts I attended, and from friends
and 2 Posters, Whisky-A-Go-Go  and 
Noah's Ark Park in Wisconsin (this one from Jim Romelfanger who died in 2001)

Some of these items were gifts from friends.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Second Wave
« on: May 22, 2016, 05:33:27 PM »
I know nothing about the inner workings of Jan & Dean. But when I listen to Second Wave, I imagine in my mind that Jan wrote at least some of the songs for Gertie.
Get That Girl;   Love Her Tonight;   She's Dancing, Dancing;   Oh, The Love Inside Me; and So Here I Go Again.

Can anyone confirm or deny this?

And a favorite? That's like picking a favorite child, my favorite is the one I'm listening to at the time.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: "The Jan & Dean Record" Book Release
« on: March 08, 2016, 03:05:17 PM »
I finally got my book ordered yesterday. Can hardly wait! 


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: early influence
« on: June 03, 2015, 06:43:52 AM »
Yes Donna that's what I wrote.  Jan and Dean's early records influenced Surfin. Apparently Jan and Arnie as well

Oops, is my face red. I totally misunderstood... I thought you meant it the other way, the BB were influencing J&D. Sorry... I think I'd better continue to just sit back and read... and get back to my rocking chair!


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: early influence
« on: June 02, 2015, 04:13:14 PM »
I know that sometimes I ask questions that aren't very interesting to some, but I'd like your opinions if possible. Obviously, Baby Talk and Heart and Soul influenced the Beach Boy's Surfin. Mike Love has said that on many occasions. When I listen to other Beach Boy songs like Help Me Rhonda, God Only Knows and Good Vibrations, it appears that the bah bahs on those songs could've been influenced by Baby Talk as well. Mike Love was a huge early Jan & Dean fan, so it would
make sense that he came up with that part of those songs. Has it ever been said that those songs were also somewhat influenced by early J&D?

Sorry, maybe I'm really loosing it in my 'old age', but as I 'REMEMBER', Baby Talk ('59) and Heart and Soul ('61) came out long before the Beach Boys first hit.  How could the Beach Boys Surfin' have influenced Jan & Dean there?


DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan and Dean Hawaiian Shirts
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:20:12 PM »
BlackSea, I have 2 pictures (taken at the same event) of Jan wearing the first shirt I made for him. Another fan took the pictures and sent them to Maryw, she sent them to me. I was SO excited, my next trip to town I started looking for another Hawaiian print. That shirt I have a few pictures of Jan wearing it. Some I took and some were sent to me by other fans. I've been cleaning house and can't find a bunch of my stuff (it will show up eventually!), one I have is from Sheldon Castle that he took at Sycamore, NY on 8-7-99.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan and Dean Hawaiian Shirts
« on: November 07, 2014, 02:18:56 PM »
I made 2 shirts for Jan... to thank him for the inspiration "to do a little more".
I was on disability and wasn't 'allowed' to do hardly anything. Just seeing Jan on stage gave me the courage to do a little more than I was allowed.    It took me over 5 weeks to make each of the shirts, but I did it.   Now I'm going through another challenge and remembering Jan will see me thru this too.

Years ago I bought a "Jan Bear" made of scraps of fabric from a shirt... that a gal made for him. I think her name is Debbie. It came with a picture of the shirt that matched the bear.  They are still right here near the computer.

So I know I'm not the only one to make Jan shirts.


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