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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: A Dean Biography
« on: January 12, 2010, 01:43:05 PM »
Well, we've been listening to Dean's side for a long time. I'm definitely more interested in Jan's biography.

« on: January 09, 2010, 07:54:21 AM »
I've heard several interviews with Gary Usher,P.F. Sloan, Gary Zeckley, and Brian Wilson. The one thing in common with all these interviews is that they all say that Jan Berry was one of the first producers they learned from. They all(even Brian)watched Jan work and learned from him.Yet, when I read articles not written by Mark, Jan never seems to get the credit he deserves. It seems that most surf articles are written from the perspective that Brian Wilson did everything and everyone copied him.Of course, there is no doubt that Brian started vocal surf music and all these guys(included Jan) got a lot from him. But when listening to all these great producers, Jan's name comes up as being in the forefront and inspiring them to record better records.Hal Blaine should be included as another one that states Jan's influence on music.But, again, I don't get that feeling when reading most of the music historians.
Not only was Jan very influencial during the production years, but Jan & Dean(&Arnie) influenced the California sound in the early years as well. Mike Love admits The song Surfin was a rip off of the early Jan & Dean records. Al Jardine and Bruce Johnson stated that the Beach Boys were big Jan & Arnie and Dean Fans in 1958-1961.Lets not forget the picture sleeve on We Go Together. That was Jan & Dean on the beach before "Beach Music"started. I hope you are still working on the Jan Berry biography Mark, because these things should be brought up.

SINGLES / Re: 1966 Liberty / J&D Record Co. / Magic Lamp
« on: January 06, 2010, 07:03:55 AM »
Thanks Mark. Whenever I see someone's name on a Jan & Dean record, I'm curious about what they contributed. I know Jan was always the leader, but was curious about what George contributed to the 2 or 3 albums his name is on.

As always, thanks for all you do

SINGLES / Re: 1966 Liberty / J&D Record Co. / Magic Lamp
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:30:34 PM »
Jan worked with George for Pop Symphony and after. Was this mainly for the orchestra? Jan was a very established arranger and producer at this time, so it seems funny that he would need help all of a sudden. Do you know what George was able to do to help Jan?

SINGLES / Re: 1966 Liberty / J&D Record Co. / Magic Lamp
« on: January 05, 2010, 04:48:38 AM »
I Can't Wait to Love You  is one of my favorite Jan Berry songs. Was that arranged and produced by Jan Berry or did George Tipton have something to do with that one?

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