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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Remembering Jan
« on: June 28, 2018, 12:41:52 PM »
I totally agree with you 1Jay1, nothing beats vinyl (as long as it's in decent shape!). CD's, although very convenient, sound a little too harsh. The're great for playing in cars, I'll give them that. At home, I only play my original LP's and 45's. Yes, the One Summer Night LP is great. And what a show they put on that night in 1981. According to Mark's and Dean's books, Dean was quite pissed off at Jan and ended the duos act that night. At least for a year or so. I also remember Flo and Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylon of the Turtles) showing up and Dean introduced them as their fathers, Flo Torrence and Eddie Berry!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Remembering Jan
« on: June 23, 2018, 01:06:30 PM »
I wish I could have met both guys also. I've seen them twice here on Long Island. First in Westbury, June 1981 and then at the night club called My Father's Place in Roslyn. That was in October 1981 where it was filmed and recorded for the live album One Summer Night. Both guys and the band were no more than ten feet away from our table. That was the last concert of them together for quite awhile. I did see Dean and his band a year or so after Jan passed away when they came back to Westbury.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan's voice
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:56:34 PM »
Jan had a great, distinctive voice in his early years. Two songs that I pointed out before were Batman (which for some reason I think was his best vocal ever. Listen how he pronounces the word Socialite and the word Night.) and Hot Stocker. These two songs stand out to me as well as many others such as A Beginning From An End, another classic vocal by Jan. As far as Jan's post accident, a great vocal and one of his greatest songs is Sing Sang A Song. I can't figure out what the song is about but I love it. Skateboard Surfin' USA is another great one. I like it better than Sidewalk Surfin'. Great production and vocals by all. Back in the 60's, 70's and (ok) 80's singers had distinctive, recognizable voices. Elvis, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Mike Love, Dylan and on and on. Jan was no exception, his voice stood out early and later in his career. When Jan & Dean sang together, there was nothing better than that!

« on: June 18, 2018, 10:14:52 AM »
I always thought there should be a new movie on Jan & Dean also. What he did in the studio was incredible. He didn't have any training that I know of, just amazing talent. His production and arranging values as well as being in medical school wasn't brought out in Deadman's Curve. The real story on J&D and released in theaters would interest fans and those not familiar with them.

Just to give an update on The Beach Boys channel on Sirius Radio, it is 24/7 and wasn't just for Memorial weekend. I did hear Dean a few times talking about Brian and the Wrecking Crew. Surf City was also played on that that channel. Not sure if any other Jan & Dean song was played. If it was co-written by Brian, then I'm sure it'll get air time.

Jan & Dean's buddies, The Beach Boys, are on Sirius channel 4 all Memorial weekend. Playing rarely heard songs as well as unreleased tracks. Just heard the live Little Old Lady From Pasadena (1964). Check it out if you can. Maybe they'll throw in a J&D tune. Happy Memorial Day to all.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: New Beach Boys release
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:56:59 AM »
The new Beach Boy's release does sound great. I remember when Bruce Johnston put out a symphonic CD about 20 years ago or so of BB music. I thought it was pretty good actually. Yes, Jan came up with this idea 53 years ago with his Pop Symphony. I don't think a lot of teenagers understood it at that time. Probably sounded too much like mom and dad's music to them. I finally bought the LP back in the early 80's. I didn't think it was too bad. Haven't heard it in awhile, but I remember Linda and Surf City being my favorite. It's A Shame To Say Goodbye was also great come to think of it and sounded the closest to the original song. Hope The Beach Boys have a successful release  with their new album.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Respect??
« on: May 16, 2018, 09:56:48 AM »
Glad to hear that Jan & Dean songs are being played on XM and Sirius radio. I've heard Surf City a number of times being played. It's great that Deadman's Curve got on the air. Like I mentioned before, Sirius actually played Rock and Roll Music from Command Performance. That's the first time I ever heard a live song by Jan & Dean played over the airwaves.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Lloyd Thaxton Show
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:55:47 AM »
Does anyone know the deal with The Lloyd Thaxton Show and why none can be found with Jan & Dean? According to Mark's book, they were on numerous times. I even remember Mike Kelly included a great color photo in his Sunshine Music fanzine. It was taken during one of Lloyd's shows with Jan still in his leg cast. I hope these shows weren't erased or destroyed like they did with other programs back in the day. I'm guessing it was a local Los Angeles show and not shown nationally. Has anybody seen J&D on his show when it originally ran?

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Our favorite Jan & Dean songs
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:33:56 AM »
3 Window Coupe has always been one of my favorites. And you're right, just listen to that great fade out. The background vocals really add to it. Right now I'm not sure if it's Dean, Sloan & Barri or the Matadors. I'll have to get back to Mark's book for that answer.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: April 12th
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:19:34 AM »
Just left the Caribbean island of Antigua on April 12th with Jan in my thoughts. Does anybody remember that day in 1966? It happened 4 days after my 11th birthday. A friend and fellow J&D fan told me that he heard Jan was in a car accident. How he knew, I'll never know. The Anthology album included a copy of the newspaper article which confirmed what my friend told me 6 years earlier.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Best Jan and Dean songs
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:32:25 AM »
How about one of the greatest, if not "The Greatest" b side to not chart(or barely chart) is Freeway Flyer. The flip side of Here They Come (From All Over The World) and to not ever make it on an album is one of my favorite. Listen to the oboe playing in the middle with the sirens in the background. The falsetto sounds a lot like Dean, however according to Mark's book, we have Sloan and Barri doing the honors. I've yet to play this for my friend Ray who is a retired highway patrolman. Like to know what he thinks and if a nice looking hip chick talked him out of a ticket !

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Best Jan and Dean songs
« on: March 24, 2018, 09:12:45 AM »
One of the best songs that never made it up the charts was Batman. Besides Hot Stocker, this is one of Jan's best vocals. Listen how he will enunciate the words socialite, night and sky in the song. What a great, distinctive voice he had! Another 45 they released that also didn't go far was A Beginning From An End. Another great lead vocal from Jan with Dean filling in the rest will his falsetto. I guess the recitation about the hospital and not making it out was too much of a downer for a top 40. It was a great song though. Still is!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan's 1958 Corvette
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:30:04 AM »
Thanks for your reply Mark. I can't believe the amount of work Jim did to make Jan's car look stunning. Restorers put a lot of effort into restoring old Corvettes by using original or reproduction parts usually down to the correct nuts and bolts. Jim started this resto work before it became very popular. Not many people wanted an old 1958 Corvette then. Especially if it needed a lot of work! One thing I would like to ask Jim if he's reading this, why didn't you go back to the original color of the car? Yes, the red looks beautiful, but most restorers try to keep their cars like it came out of the show room. I'm happy that Jan got to see his car again after Jim finished it. Where are all of the rest of Jan & Dean's Corvettes? I'd love to know who's driving them now.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Jan's 1958 Corvette
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:41:13 AM »
There is one slight correction I'd like to address in Mark's book pertaining to Jan's 1958 Corvette that he sold to Jim Blanchard in August 1963. It was advertised as a black hdtp (hardtop). Starting with the first generation of Corvettes, 1953-1962, all were convertibles. In 1956, the first auxiliary hardtop was offered as an option. This meant that the owner would fold down the soft top under the back deck lid, and then attach, or bolt on this hardtop. Since it was the same color of the car body, it looked like one complete car. Usually in the summer, the hardtop was removed and stored away. Now your car was back with a choice of you keeping the folding top up or hidden down for nice weather driving. The car was never converted to a soft top - it always had one. In Jan's ad, hdtp meant his black Corvette came with the optional hardtop. Sting Rays of 1963 -1967 gave you a choice of convertible, also with an optional hardtop, or a coupe (one piece body) that both J&D had.

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