Surf’s Up with Jan & Dean

He was ‘the wiz’ – Jimmy Wisner
May 18, 2021
This Day In Music 1966: Bruce Springsteen
May 18, 2021

Those two swingin’ California lads, JAN & DEAN, had been cranking out records since their first single “Baby Talk” in 1959, but finally a song released on May 17,1963 would propel them to #1 status. The tune was “Surf City,” and gifted to them by writer Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, who was also a close friend of the duo. In the 1980’s when the fellas appeared in Bloomsburg PA, I caught up with Jan, who was gracious to sign a few things for me, but Dean was not accessible. Fast forward to 2002, A friend of mine in California attended church services weekly with Dean, and requested I forward some materials from my archives for Dean to autograph.  One year later I received an envelope in the mail with a ‘Jan & Dean’ logo, inside were my goods, with a personal note from Dean, “Eddie,.. Sorry, it took so long to get this back to you.” Sometimes the best things in life,… take time! 

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