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Jan Berry 101: A Study in Composition

Jan Berry 101: A Study in Composition — With Bach, Old Ladies, and Bats
By Mark A. Moore
Author of The Jan & Dean Record

ESQ, Summer 2004

Between 1958 and the beginning of 1963, Jan Berry’s talents blossomed as a songwriter, arranger, and producer. During that period, Jan (with successive partners Arnie Ginsburg and Dean Torrence) scored two Top 10 hits, one Top 30 single, and seven additional chart records in the Top 100. There had also been two albums featuring six original compositions co-authored by Berry (in addition to the sides he co-wrote for Jan & Arnie).

By the end of 1962, Jan had fully taken over the reins from producer Lou Adler. “Early on,” recalls Lou, “it was evident that at some point Jan was going to be able to produce himself. On the early Jan & Dean records, a lot of the parts were done by Jan. And so when that first happened I continued to produce, and then I just sort of started to supervise, and then I started to consult. And it just evolved into that.” Jan was 21 years old; and from that point forward he assumed full control in the studio (as well as control over the creative direction for the act).

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The Jan & Dean Record

The Jan & Dean Record: A Chronology of Studio Sessions, Live Performances, and Chart Positions

The Jan & Dean Record
The Jan & Dean Record

By Mark A. Moore
Foreword by Brian Wilson

168 photos; discography; appendices; bibliography; song index; general index; softcover, 454 pp.; 8.5″ x 11″

This is Jan Berry’s biography. The book chronicles Jan’s career as a songwriter and arranger—and his tenure as producer for Jan & Dean and other acts—with day-by-day entries detailing recording sessions, single and album releases, concerts and appearances, film and television projects, behind-the-scenes business and legal matters, chart positions and more. Extensive commentary from Berry’s family, friends and colleagues is included. Studio invoices, contract details, tape box notes, copyright information and other particulars shed light on how music was made in the Hollywood studio system of the 1960s.

If you’re a fan of the Wrecking Crew, this book is for you.

Also included is biographical information, plus full details of Jan’s 1966 automobile accident and his return to the studio one year later.

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The book is largely based on extensive primary source documentation, but it is fleshed out by commentary from various family members, colleagues, and friends. Many of these people are listed below (but there are also quotes from various others, and information from others in summary form).



FAMILY: Bill Berry (father), Brian Berry (brother), Clara Berry (mother), Ken Berry (brother), Luana Berry (sister), Jan-Erik Mustad (cousin)

SCHOOLMATES: Dr. Vic Amira, Bob Conley, Sandra Ellsworth, Melanie Block Gottlieb, Tim Naegele, Diane Sappenfield, Dr. Steve Schonfield, Nancy Sinatra, Ernie Wiley

THE BARONS: Ron Kiino, John Seligman, John Venable

CREATIVE ASSOCIATES: Lou Adler, Dr. Don Altfeld, Steve Barri, Roger Christian, Vic Diaz, Jill Gibson, Arnie Ginsburg, Artie Kornfeld, Rob Kuropatwa, Joe Lubin, Jim Pewter, P. F. Sloan, Tom Sumner, George Tipton, Fred Wieder, Brian Wilson, Alan Wolfson

MUSICIANS: Frankie Avalon, Tom Bahler, Hal Blaine, Glen Campbell, Mike Deasy, Micky Dolenz, John Grove, Ron Hicklin, Cliff Hugo, Peter Hume, Al Jardine, Ron Jeffrey, Bruce Johnston, Davy Jones, Carol Kaye, Brian Kilgore, Mike Kowalski, David Loe, Mike Love, Joe Middler, David Marks, Joe Osborn, Earl Palmer, Don Peake, John Pierce, Don Randi, Marilyn Wilson Rutherford, Rick Schlosser, Sid Sharp, Billy Strange, Tommy Tedesco, Pete Townshend, Don Zirilli

ENGINEERS: Dayton “Bones” Howe, Harold “Lanky” Linstrot, Mark Wolfson

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATES: Alvin Bennett, Buzz Cason, Pierre Cossette, Kim Fowley, David Horowitz, Steve Kugel, Stan Oliver, Don Podolor, Irwin Z. Robinson, Gunther Schiff, Fred Vail, Murry Wilson

FILM and TELEVISION: Steve Binder, Dick Clark, Richard Compton, Bruce Davison, Richard Hatch, Lew Irwin, Paul Morantz, Bo Svenson, Dalene Young

MEDIA: Greil Marcus, Dave Marsh, Dougal Butler, Pamela Des Barres

THERAPY and MEDICAL: Vivian Sheehan, Sandy Ward, Dr. Robert Waters, Various Medical Professionals

FRIENDS and ACQUAINTENCES: Bruce Abrams, Jeanette Andersen, Michael Barry, Brian Bruderlin, Jean Stout Burke, Suzanne Graeber, Stuart Hersh, Pam MacGregor, Mitsuru Ondo, Cameron Michael Parkes, Scott Paton, Denise Shannon, Michael Steinberg