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I DID flip when I heard it--I wish I'd have thought of calling the DJ at the time lol!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Frank Sinatra Jr. Kidnapping
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:23:51 PM »
Hi Charles!  Mark Moore's written a great, detailed article on Sinatra Jr.'s kidnapping--you can read it here on this site.  Just go to the Features bar on the main menu page and you'll find it there.  Welcome to the site, fellow Titanic Twosome fan  ;D

 I was introduced to Jan & Dean by the Deadman's Curve movie, too, around the same time.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Baby Talk Auction WOW!!
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:03:28 PM »
Now that IS a chunk of change!  I've been a coin collector for long enough to know that there is someone out there who can and will pay those prices, hehehe!

« on: August 06, 2014, 07:35:22 PM »
Good points, Jdman.  Apart from Good Vibrations and Heroes & Villains, I don't hear anything on Smile that DJs would have played, or that would have drawn the record-buying public away from the likes of Sgt. Pepper or albums by the Doors, the Stones, or the Turtles.  It was just too much of a departure from the mainstream.  I still like Smile, but I think there's a good chance it would have ended up like Pop Symphony did had Brian finished it.

Perhaps a small part of the reason for Jan & Dean's waning chart performance in '65-'66 is the fact that they were with Liberty, who had a rough time competing with more powerful labels like Capitol--Liberty didn't seem to have as much money or the talented people to devote to promoting their artists.  I think this may have compounded Jan & Dean's problems after the decline of surf/hot rod music around 1965.  But I think it's true that the material Jan & Dean were turning out during this period, good and well-produced though it was, just didn't appeal to the public as much as what they'd done in '63-'64. 

Although I think Pop Symphony is a brilliant album, I tend to side with the Liberty execs on this one.  Jan should have devoted his energy (and George Tipton's) to cranking out more new songs, like Brian Wilson and everyone else was doing, rather than repeating his earlier material in symphonic form.  I'd have saved Pop Symphony for later, after starting my own label, had I been in Jan's place. 

In the late '60s, had it not been for the accident, finding a lyricist comparable to Asher or Van Dyke Parks may have been Jan's best bet.  And working with an outside lyricist would have made it necessary for him to scale back his "my way or the highway" stance--but he'd done that before, when working with Brian Wilson.  I get the impression that Jan could be diplomatic when he needed to be.

That is cool, Philip!  I'm glad it's getting airplay on a major station!  Is KBON in New Orleans?  The Cajun sound fits in really well with this tune--you don't usually hear a lot of Acadian-flavored rock 'n roll out there these days!  Who played the accordion?

Glad you corrected the DJ's error--I've already heard the K-Tel version of Surf City being played by DJs who apparently thought it was the Jan & Dean original LOL!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: New Jan & Dean Purchases
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:19:52 AM »
Just received 'Jan & Dean Meet Batman' UK Mono LP EX/EX from Ebay UK.

Just got to get 'Drag City' US LP & 'The Little Old Lady From Pasadena' US LP.  That will be all the original 60's albums I want, just 'Carnival Of Sound' (Rhino) LP to get.

Excellent!  I'm glad you finally tracked down a "Jan & Dean Meet Batman" album, and a UK Liberty one at that :D

ALBUMS / Re: 1971 Anthology
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:10:38 AM »
I agree--Dean did a really nice job on Anthology.  Since "You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy," "I Found A Girl," and "Batman" were mentioned in the liner notes, I really wanted to find those songs to see what they sounded like--the latter two were tough for me to find in the '80s.  I first heard them when I finally found two original J&D albums--Folk 'n Roll and Golden Hits Vol. 3.

You guys sound really good!  I like it--your version is very much in the comedic spirit of the original.

But if your little old lady "just moved down from Pontchartoula (???)  then she's not actually from Catahoula, hehehe, but who's going to split hairs?  ;D

I dig the accordion in the instrumental break!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan & Dean On The Run concert footage
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:38:05 AM »
Where do you buy these bootlegs?

I found a number of them on a website called, which no longer had Jan & Dean CDs the last time I looked.  The On the Run TV pilot and "Jan & Dean TV Time Capsule Vol. 1"  I found on eBay over ten years ago, but I can't remember now who the seller was. 

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan & Dean Coca-Cola Commercials
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:18:29 AM »
Thanks, Mark!  I was wondering who that was.  Didn't Jan & Dean do one Coke jingle in 1964 and a second one in '65?

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: The Rarest Jan & Dean 45
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:09:00 AM »
The early regular copies of this one were labeled "Jan & Arnie," too.  They're not errors, though--the suits at Dore' were apprehensive about Jan teaming up with a new partner on their first single with them and felt the record would sell better as "Jan & Arnie."  When it was clear the record was selling though, the suits went ahead and changed the label to "Jan & Dean."

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan & Dean Coca-Cola Commercials
« on: July 31, 2014, 07:02:42 AM »
I suspect that Dean didn't sing on these commercials, but I could be wrong.  The falsetto sounds like it might've been done by Bones Howe, Steve Barri, or Phil Sloan to me.

« on: July 31, 2014, 06:49:08 AM »
Had Jan been drafted, I have a feeling that given his background and his unusually high intelligence, he wouldn't have been put into the infantry.  I think Jan might have joined the ranks of the support/specialist personnel, probably in the Air Force--maybe in something having to do with communications.  He might have been sent to Germany or Korea instead of Vietnam, but who knows?  The military doesn't always make the absolute best use of all its people, but I can see Jan going somewhere other than the combat arms.

MISCELLANEOUS / Re: 1978 Film Dead Man's Curve on Youtube
« on: October 16, 2013, 07:37:31 AM »
Nice!  I was wondering when Deadman's Curve would show up on Youtube in its entirety.  I bought it on DVD at a Jan & Dean concert in Ohio back in 2003.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan Berry's Home
« on: October 16, 2013, 07:31:06 AM »
Thanks for all the info, Mark--what a great house!  I didn't know his swimming pool was heated...

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