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Jan Berry, who was born William Jan Berry, was born April 3,1941 in Los Angeles, California. He joined the group JAN & DEAN with Dean Torrence when he was 18 years old. Their hits included Surf City. He drove too fast on April 12, 1966 just shy of the infamous DEADMAN'S CURVE and hit a parked truck on his way to a business meeting and sustained massive head injuries which lead to partial paralysis and brain damage. However, he fought to walk and function like a normal person. They were PRE-BEACH BOYS in the music industry and have secured their place in the evolution of music. On August 31, 1994, Jan married Gertie Flip. Dean was the best man. Jan and Dean did a VH1 Behind The Music session with Steve Forbes around 2002. Jan Berry passed away on March 24, 2006 due to a siezure. He was 62 years old. Their legacy lives on in the website and their songs.
Jan Berry has 3 brothers Ken, Bruce and Brian.
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