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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. One of their more famous songs from this period was "Cherish," part of their album Emergency. As a result, the group did not perform again until 1973, and made an official comeback in 1978 on tour with the Beach Boys. Their fame quickly diminished in the later part of the decade, though they continued releasing albums throughout the 80s and 1990s. Early in 1966 Jan was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, resulting in severe head injuries. More hits followed in the early 1980s, including "Big Fun" and "Get Down on It". Subsequent hits included "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" (1964) and the eerily portentous "Dead Man's Curve" (1964). Their only #1 hit was 1980's "Celebration", off Celebrate!, produced by Eumir Deodato.

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). The late 1970s saw a lull in Kool & the Gang's career that ended (after new lead singer James "JT" Taylor joined the group) with 1979's Ladies Night, the title track from which spawned a 25-year-long tradition of ladies' nights in New Jersey dance clubs and bars. 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. Several live and studio albums followed, but 1973's Wild and Peaceful broke the into the mainstream with "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging". 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. Though none of the three singles from the album went far on the pop charts, their R&B success was swift and massive. Their first commercial success was Jennie Lee (1958), an ode to a local burlesque performer which they recorded along with pal Arnie Ginsberg. The group first hit the pop charts with their debut, self-titled album.

They first performed on stage as The Barons at a high school dance. The Bell Brothers' father was an acquaintance of Thelonious Monk and the brothers were friends with Leon Thomas. Primitive recording sessions followed soon after, in a makeshift studio in Jan's garage. November 1, 1951, Youngstown, Ohio); George Brown on drums; Robert Mickens on trumpet; Dennis Thomas on saxophone; and Rick Westfield on keyboards. They began singing together after football practice at University High School in Los Angeles. October 8, 1950, Youngstown, Ohio) and Ronald Bell on saxophone (b. 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. The group's main members over the years included brothers Robert Bell (known as "Kool") on bass (b.

They started out as practitioners of R&B and funk, eventually went through a phase where they were a smooth disco ensemble, and wound up the successful period of their career recording tunes that were a mixture of pop and R&B. They went through several musical phases in their career. They originally formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964. Kool & the Gang was a massively successful rhythm and blues and disco group.

"Stone Love" [1987, #10]. "Victory" [1986, #10]. "Emergency" [1985, #28]. "Cherish" [1985, #2].

"Fresh" [1985, #4]. "Misled" [1985, #10]. "Tonight" [1984, #13]. "Joanna" [1983, #2 (#1 R&B)].

"Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh La, La, La)" [1982, #30]. "Big Fun" [1982, #21]. "Get Down on It" [1982, #10]. "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" [1981, #17 (#1 R&B)].

Jones" [1981, #39]. "Jones vs. "Celebration" [1980 #1, (#1 R&B)]. "Too Hot" [1980, #5].

"Ladies' Night" [1979, #8 (#1 R&B)]. "Spirit of the Boogie"/"Summer Madness" [1975, #35 (#1 R&B)]. "Higher Plane" [1974, #37 (#1 R&B)]. "Hollywood Swinging" [1974, #6].

"Jungle Boogie" [1974, #4]. "Funky Stuff" [1973, #29]. Victory (1986, Mercury, #25). Emergency (1985, De-Lite, #13).

In the Heart (1984, De-Lite, #29). As One (1982, De-Lite, #29). Something Special (1981, De-Lite, #12). Celebrate! (1980, De-Lite, #10).

Ladies' Night (1979, De-Lite, #13). Wild and Peaceful (1974, De-Lite, #33).

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