RIP Jan Berry, at 62

Pioneer of Surf Music Sound, Dies: Jan was half of ‘Jan and Dean’ along with Dean Torrance. I think Jan and Dean’s “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” may have been the first single I saved up my $.50/week allowance to buy. In a life-imitates-art tragedy, Jan suffered a head injury in 1966 when he crashed his speeding Corvette that largely ended his (and Dean’s?) career. By that time my tastes were migrating further north to a preoccupation with Bay Area psychedelia but I never ceased to get a thrill from the falsetto trill of “two girls for every boy…” [Surf music hasn’t really stood the test of time, but should I be embarrassed to say?] —New York Times