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#10 in 1959
|William Jan Berry was born on Apri l3, 1941, and Dean Ormsby
Torrence was born March 10, 1940. Although Jan & Dean pre-dated The
Beach Boys, they became most famously associated with the vocal "surf
music" craze inspired by The Beach Boys. Both born in Los Angeles,
California, they began singing together after football practice at
University High School. With the help of friend Herb Alpert and record
producer Lou Adler, Jan & Dean scored a top 10 hit with "Baby
Talk" On 12 April 1966, Berry received severe head injuries in a
motor vehicle accident. As a result of Berry's accident, Jan & Dean
did not perform again until the mid 1970s. Berry travelled a long and
difficult road toward recovery from brain damage and partial paralysis.
Jan & Dean ended with Berry's death on March 26, 2004, at the age of
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