Thursday, June 30, 2011

Five Best Songs: Jan & Dean

This duo had great timing, benefitting from both the surfer and hot rod crazes of the 60's.  

Jan Berry had a tragic automobile accident just a short distance from  Dead Man's Curve in Los Angeles, eerily just two years after their hit song about the site.  Berry suffered severe head injuries, brain damage and was partially parlalyzed on his right side.  Doctors said he would never walk again but Berry persisted, and not only did he prove the doctors wrong, but he went on to record songs as well as tour with his longtime singing partner until his death in 2004.

1.  "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena"

2.  "Surf City"

3.  "Dead Man's Curve"

4.  "Ride the Wild Surf"

5.  "Sidewalk Surfin'"

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