William Jan Berry, born April 3, 1941 & Dean Ormsby Torrence, born March 10, 1940, both in Los Angeles, began singing together as students at University High School.
Teaming up with Baron Arnie Ginsburg, Jan’s first trip to the Hit Parade came in 1958 with “Jennie Lee,” a year later it was Jan and Dean scoring a top ten hit with “Baby Talk.” It would be the first of two dozen chart hits including gold records for “Surf City,” “Honolulu Lulu,” “Drag City,” “Dead Man’s Curve” and “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena.
On demand as a record producer, Berry’s career and life changed dramatically following a tragic automobile accident in 1966 that required a long and difficult recovery from brain surgery and partial paralysis that also included minimal use of his right arm.
Following a seizure at age 62, Jan Berry died on March 26, 2004.
Dean Torrence lives in Huntington Beach, California with his wife and two daughters.
Jan & Dean were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2012.