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Jan Berry (April 3, 1941, Los Angeles -- March 26, 2004) and Dean Torrence (born March 10, 1940, Los Angeles) were a rock and roll duo briefly popular in the early 1960s as part of the "surf music" craze inspired by The Beach Boys.

They began singing together after football practice at University High School in Los Angeles. Primitive recording sessions followed soon after, in a makeshift studio in Jan's garage. They first performed on stage as The Barons at a high school dance. Their first commercial success was Jennie Lee (1958), an ode to a local burlesque performer which they recorded along with pal Arnie Ginsberg. After Dean returned from an army stint and Arnie went off to other pursuits (by 1962, he was a hugely successful rock and roll deejay in Boston), the two began to make music again as Jan and Dean.

With the help of friend Herb Alpert and producer Lou Adler, they scored a modest hit with Baby Talk (1959), and then entered a long dry spell. Playing local venues, they met and performed with the Beach Boys, and discovered the appeal of the latter's "surf sound".With considerable help from Brian Wilson, they eventually scored a number one national hit with "Surf City" (1963). Subsequent hits included "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" (1964) and the eerily portentous "Dead Man's Curve" (1964).

Early in 1966 Jan was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, resulting in severe head injuries. As a result, the group did not perform again until 1973, and made an official comeback in 1978 on tour with the Beach Boys. The group continued to tour until Berry's death in March, 2004, with 1960s nostalgia providing them with a ready audience.


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The group continued to tour until Berry's death in March, 2004, with 1960s nostalgia providing them with a ready audience. Kill Hannah signed with Atlantic Records in late 2002 and are currently recording their second major label album. As a result, the group did not perform again until 1973, and made an official comeback in 1978 on tour with the Beach Boys. The single 'Kennedy' debuted at #2 on modern rock radio, was performed on "Last Call with Carson Daly", and featured on such hit television shows as "Jack and Bobby", "One Tree Hill", and "North Shore". Early in 1966 Jan was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, resulting in severe head injuries. Through much of 2003 and 2004, Kill Hannah has toured separately with Chevelle, H.I.M., and The Sounds, while also opening for Evanescence, Jane's Addiction, Everclear, Eve 6, The All American Rejects, Fuel, P.O.D., The Distillers, Story of the Year, Three Days Grace, Alien Ant Farm, The Buzzcocks, Andrew WK, Trapt, and many others. Subsequent hits included "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" (1964) and the eerily portentous "Dead Man's Curve" (1964). Kill Hannah recorded their Atlantic Records debut "For Never and Ever" in Los Angeles in the winter of 2003 with producer Sean Beavan (No Doubt, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails) and mixer Tim Palmer (U2, The Cure, Tears For Fears).

Playing local venues, they met and performed with the Beach Boys, and discovered the appeal of the latter's "surf sound".With considerable help from Brian Wilson, they eventually scored a number one national hit with "Surf City" (1963). Between 1996 and 2002, Kill Hannah self-released a slew of albums, singles and EPs independently -- All of which quickly sold out of multiple pressings. With the help of friend Herb Alpert and producer Lou Adler, they scored a modest hit with Baby Talk (1959), and then entered a long dry spell. Kill Hannah formed in 1995 in a dorm room at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After Dean returned from an army stint and Arnie went off to other pursuits (by 1962, he was a hugely successful rock and roll deejay in Boston), the two began to make music again as Jan and Dean. A post-rock band from Chicago, Illinois, currently signed to Atlantic Records. Their first commercial success was Jennie Lee (1958), an ode to a local burlesque performer which they recorded along with pal Arnie Ginsberg. "Hummingbirds The Size of Bullets" (1996).

They first performed on stage as The Barons at a high school dance. "Sleeping Like Electric Eels" (1996). Primitive recording sessions followed soon after, in a makeshift studio in Jan's garage. "Lovesick" (1997). They began singing together after football practice at University High School in Los Angeles. "Stunt Pilots" (1997). Jan Berry (April 3, 1941, Los Angeles -- March 26, 2004) and Dean Torrence (born March 10, 1940, Los Angeles) were a rock and roll duo briefly popular in the early 1960s as part of the "surf music" craze inspired by The Beach Boys. "Welcome to Chicago Motherf**ker" (2000).

"Here are the Young Moderns" (1998). "American Jet Set" (1999). "For Never and Ever" (October 14, 2003).

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