It was also the duo's last album before Jan Berry's involvement in a near-fatal car crash that April. To change into their heroic alter-egos, the duo sang the lady's name, using the opening line from the song. With help from the Little Old Lady, the Titanic Twosome created their lair in the attic of their Bel Air mansion, while they made their way around Surf City in their "atom-powered Woodie" a station wagon designed to look as if it was made from wood. In the album, Captain Jan and Dean the Boy Blunder take on three different specially-created villains:. Initially, Jan and Dean had produced a series of sketches for the album with themselves respectively portraying Batman and Robin, and taking on Batman villains Riddler, Joker and Penguin. This wiki. This wiki All wikis. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki.
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Tom Lohr is a fan of surf music. He has seen the Beach Boys 12 times in concert. He has also caught three Jan and Dean concerts. There is a reason. While they took different trajectories to get there, both are pioneers of the California sound. The connections between the two groups are many. Here are ten of them. Jan and Dean began their music careers in The duo embraced the music of the era and started out as Doo-wop singers.
The wreck was so horrific, and Berry's injuries so severe, that the first paramedics on the scene actually thought Berry was dead before they checked his vital signs and found a weak pulse. After numerous brain operations, Berry spent six weeks in coma and awoke severely brain damaged, unable to speak, and completely paralyzed on his right side. In the years since the crash, the city of Beverly Hills has made the curve much safer for motorists, and the actual site of the crash is now part of a park. Berry, who had been the creative force behind all the duo's hits, including "Surf City," "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena," and the foreboding "Dead Man's Curve," persevered throughout his setbacks and never stopped recording music, up through the late's. In , hot on the heels of the TV movie Deadman's Curve , which chronicled Berry's ordeal, he and Dean Torrence officially reunited to open for the Beach Boys , and continued to tour until Beach Boy Bruce Johnston remembers his teenage days in the 's growing up in Bel Air with the late Jan Berry: "He would come to my house every morning and we'd play doo-wop songs for 15 or 20 minutes -- he just lived up the street -- and then we'd take the school bus to high school. Beach Boys co-founder David Marks told us that Berry's accident curtailed a major talent: "He didn't have a fair chance to express himself and to get his music out. He was just starting off. I mean, 'Jennie Lee' and 'Baby Talk' -- that was genius.