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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. The song and video seemed to be intended as social commentary on the state of pop music but it left fans wondering if Jewel had in fact become what she was satirizing. As a result, the group did not perform again until 1973, and made an official comeback in 1978 on tour with the Beach Boys. Her video for the debut single Intuition had her cavorting in full dance numbers, often scantily clad in bras and bikinis. Early in 1966 Jan was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, resulting in severe head injuries. In 2003 Jewel underwent a drastic image change with the release of her album 0304. Subsequent hits included "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" (1964) and the eerily portentous "Dead Man's Curve" (1964). Chasing Down the Dawn is a collection of diary entries and musings detailing her life growing up in Alaska, her struggle to learn her craft and life on the road.

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 Night Without Armor is a collection of some of her poems. 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. Writing is nothing new for Jewel since she has been writing poetry most of her life. She has at least two published works. 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. The first movie she appeared in was in 1999 in Ride with the Devil, for which she received critical acclaim. Their first commercial success was Jennie Lee (1958), an ode to a local burlesque performer which they recorded along with pal Arnie Ginsberg. Besides singing, Jewel has also tried her hand at acting and writing.

They first performed on stage as The Barons at a high school dance. Due to her success, she was chosen to sing the national anthem at the opening of the Super Bowl in January 1998. Primitive recording sessions followed soon after, in a makeshift studio in Jan's garage. However, her music is mostly recognized as popular music and enjoys wide exposure on a variety of music radio stations. They began singing together after football practice at University High School in Los Angeles. Her songs resist categorization, but, because of their mostly guitar accompaniment, have sometimes been categorized as folk music or the hybrid class folk-pop. 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. Jewel is noted for her song's qualites of stark honesty and soulful introspection.

The album stayed on the Billboard 200 for an impressive two years, reaching number four at its peak popularity. Some of the songs on the album were recorded at the coffeehouse. She cut her debut album, Pieces of You, when she was nineteen and it was released in 1995. It was at these coffeehouse appearances that she was discovered by Atlantic Records.

Poltz has collaborated with her on several of her songs and appeared in Jewel's band on the Spirit World Tour 1999 playing acoustic guitar. For a time she dated Steve Poltz, one of the band's members. It was at these appearances she met the band The Rugburns, who she often appeared with. She gained a reputation by singing at the Innerchange Coffeehouse in San Diego, California.

For a time, she was poverty-stricken and lived in her van while travelling about the country. She started writing songs at the age of seventeen. Jewel learned to play the guitar while on scholarship at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where she majored in operatic voice. During high school, Jewel was known to spell her name "Jule," but she attributes this to simple playing with her name as teenagers are prone to do.

Her father was a Mormon, but they stopped attending the church shortly before she turned eight. It was from these experiences she learned to yodel, a quality demonstrated in many of her songs. She and her father sometimes earned a living by singing in bars and taverns. The home she grew up in there did not have indoor plumbing, but a simple outhouse instead.

Jewel was born in Payson, Utah, but spent most of her young life growing up in Homer, Alaska, living with her father. Jewel Kilcher (born May 23, 1974) is a singer-songwriter better known by her stage name, Jewel. "2 Become 1" (0304). "Stand" (0304).

"Intuition" (0304). "Break Me" (This Way). "Standing Still" (This Way). "Joy to the World" (Joy - A Holiday Collection).

"Under the Water" ("The Craft" soundtrack). "What's Simple is True" (Spirit). "Down So Long" (Spirit). "Hands" (Spirit).

"Have a Little Faith in Me" ("Phenomenon" Soundtrack). "Foolish Games" (Pieces of You). "You Were Meant For Me" (Pieces of You). "Who Will Save Your Soul?" (Pieces of You).

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