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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. However, such crossover success seems imminent, as new mainstream radio stations continue to add the song to their playlists every week. 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 song has managed to achieve this feat essentially on the strength of urban radio airplay alone as it has not yet had massive pop crossover success. Early in 1966 Jan was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, resulting in severe head injuries. 1 on the Hot 100. Subsequent hits included "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" (1964) and the eerily portentous "Dead Man's Curve" (1964). It is Juvenile's and guest artist Soulja Slim's first No.

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 song topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart on August 7, 2004 knocking Usher's "Confessions" (part 2) out of number one after only two weeks. 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. This summer, his Juve The Great album has spawned a massive hit called "Slow Motion". 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. He has released a total of nine albums. Their first commercial success was Jennie Lee (1958), an ode to a local burlesque performer which they recorded along with pal Arnie Ginsberg. His latest album is Juve The Great(2004).

They first performed on stage as The Barons at a high school dance. Juvenile returned to Cash Money in 2003. Primitive recording sessions followed soon after, in a makeshift studio in Jan's garage. After the lackluster reception of The G-Code and Project English (2001), which only contained the very minor hit single, "From Your Momma", Juvenile left Cash Money Records, releasing The Compilation in 2002 with the UTP (Uptown Project Playas) crew. They began singing together after football practice at University High School in Los Angeles. Warlock Records released a remixed version of Being Myself at the same time. 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. In 1999, Solja Rags was re-released nationally to ride the wave of popularity Juvenile was enjoying with the release of 400 Degreez and its smash lead single, "Back That Ass Up", which eventually became a pop crossover hit in early 2000.

In 1997, Solja Rags, Juvenile's debut with Cash Money Records, was an underground hit. He began recording in a distinctive southern style with Being Myself (1995, Warlock Records). Juvenile (born Terius Gray) is a gangsta rapper from New Orleans. Juvenile Lyrics (http://lyrics.rare-lyrics.com/J/Juvenile.html).

Official Site (http://www.mtv.com/bands/az/juvenile/artist.jhtml). Juve The Great (2003). The Compilation (2002). Project English (2001).

The G-Code. Being Myself [Remixed Version] (1999). 400 Degreez (1998). Solja Rags (1997).

Being Myself (1995).

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