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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.
. As a result, the group did not perform again until 1973, and made an official comeback in 1978 on tour with the Beach Boys.
. Early in 1966 Jan was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, resulting in severe head injuries.
. Subsequent hits included "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" (1964) and the eerily portentous "Dead Man's Curve" (1964).
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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). A diabetic for over ten years, King has been a visible spokesman in the fight against diabetes and has appeared in adverisements for diabetes-management products. 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. King has been a licensed pilot, a known gambler and is also a vegetarian, non-drinker and non-smoker. 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. King claims to have had sex before age 10 and purports to have fathered well over fifteen children, all to different mothers. Their first commercial success was Jennie Lee (1958), an ode to a local burlesque performer which they recorded along with pal Arnie Ginsberg. Nearly 80, King has lived a very full and very active life.

They first performed on stage as The Barons at a high school dance. King had also donated his extensive blues collection to the Ole Miss Center for Southern Studies. Primitive recording sessions followed soon after, in a makeshift studio in Jan's garage. In 2004, King was awarded an honarary Ph.D from the University of Mississippi. They began singing together after football practice at University High School in Los Angeles. In 2000, King teamed up with guitarist Eric Clapton to record Riding With the King. 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 1988 he reached a new generation of fans via the single "When Love Comes To Town", together with the Irish band U2.

The 1980s, 1990s and 2000s saw King recording less and less, but maintaining a highly visible and active career appearing on numerous television shows, major motion pictures and performing 300 nights a year. King's mainstream success continued throughout the 1970s with songs like "To Know You Is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love." From 1951 to 1985, King appeared on Billboard's R&B charts an amazing 74 times. King first found success outside of the blues market with the 1969 remake of the Roy Hawkins tune, "The Thrill Is Gone," which became a hit on both pop and R&B charts, which is rare for an R&B artist even today. In November of 1964, King recorded the legendary Live at the Regal album at the Regal Theater in Chicago.

In the 1950s, King became one of the most important names in R&B music, collecting an impressive list of hits under his belt that included songs like "You Know I Love You," "Woke Up This Morning," "Please Love Me," "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer," "Whole Lotta' Love," "You Upset Me Baby," "Every Day I Have the Blues," "Sneakin' Around," "Ten Long Years," "Bad Luck," "Sweet Little Angel," "On My Word of Honor," and "Please Accept My Love." In 1962, King signed to ABC-Paramount Records. Many of King's early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who would eventually found the legendary Sun Records. In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles based RPM Records. The name was then shortened to just Blues Boy and, eventually, simply B.B..

On the air, King started out using the name The Pepticon Boy, which later became the Beale Street Blues Boy. Eventually, King began broadcasting his music live on Memphis radio station WDIA, a station that had only recently changed their format to play all-black music which was extremely rare at the time. Three years later, King moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he finely tuned his guitar technique with the help of his cousin, country blues guitarist Bukka White. In 1943, King moved to Indianola, Mississippi.

King was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi. At an early age, King developed a love for blues artists like T-Bone Walker and Lonnie Johnson and jazz artists like Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt. Soon King was cultivating his own musical skills singing Gospel music in church. King has said he was paid 35 cents for each 100 pounds of cotton he picked before discovering his other talents. King spent much of his childhood sharing time living with his mother and his grandmother and working as a sharecropper.

King named that first guitar Lucille, as well as every one he owned since that near-fatal experience, "to remind me never to do a thing like that again.". The next day, King discovered that the two men were fighting over a woman named Lucille. Two people died in the fire. He entered the blaze to retrieve his guitar, a Gibson acoustic.

Once outside, King realized that he had left his guitar inside the burning building. This triggered an evacuation. During a performance, two men began to fight, knocking over the burning barrel and sending burning fuel across the floor. In order to heat the hall, a barrel half-filled with kerosene was lit, a not uncommon practice.

In the winter of 1949, King played at a dance hall in Twist, Arkansas. One of King's trademarks is naming his guitars "Lucille", a tradition that began in the 1950s. King (born September 16, 1925), a well known American blues guitarist and songwriter. B.

King aka B. Riley B. Online video, photo gallery, and full biography avaliable at Achievement.org (http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/kin2int-1).

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