Dean Torrence of the Jan & Dean band
has enjoyed commercial success both in a career as a
top selling musician, and as a graphic artist.
Torrence is a legend to
millions who grew up with the
blonde-haired, clean-cut boy who sang
songs about cars, surfing,
skateboarding and girls.
Living in California, you discover
that Jan & Dean accurately portrayed
a lifestyle in their songs, and
surely must have taken the material
from the streets, themselves.
This video interview of Dean
Torrence is difficult to hear. Our
videographer had to stay behind the
cameraman for the Australian
television program who lined up an
interview with the Dean. He
had a mic on his subject and was
picking up the sound much better.
The interview above took place at
Huntington Beach International
The interviewer asks Torrence: You
started out in rock & roll...how did
you end up with a surf band?
Torrence: Out of necessity. We
needed subject and we ran out of
things to write about. The only
other subject matter we knew
anything about happened to be
California lifestyle. That would be
surfing and cars. So It wasn't like
we sat around marketing-wise and
went hey, this a good idea to write
about this stuff because there's
somebody else that might be
interested. We actually didn't know
what else to write about. It's as
simple as that. See, you thought
there might be some intellectual
reason why we did it. There was no
intellectual reason at all.
Interviewer: So what were some of
the major influences on Jan
himself, developing the sound you
came up with.
Dean: We didn't know anybody else
who was doing it other than the
Beach Boys. We didn't know anyone
else who was doing it so their early
stuff sounded more like our stuff.
While the songs are remembered for
the lifestyle they portrayed, if you
come across Dean Torrence today, you
discover that people still line up
to talk to him, get his autograph,
and attend his concerts. Jan
Berry passed away several years ago,
but Dean performs with a band that
delivers the Jan & Dean songs with
the identical sound that was created
His art is
quite popular and is sold and
represented in galleries, including The HB Gallery. Dean's
long, illustrious career that spans
decades has included collaboration
and affiliation with
The Beach Boys and numerous
other musical groups.