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June 18, 2009
Kick Out the Jams — Dave Marsh Radio Show Featuring Jan & Dean
Jan Berry / Jan & Dean historian Mark A. Moore is a guest on Dave Marsh's Sirius XM Radio show called "Kick Out the Jams."
Fans will remember that Marsh wrote the liner notes for Jan & Dean's landmark Anthology compilation in 1971.
The show — a mixture of music and talk — was recorded in Eminem's "Shade 45" studio at Sirius headquarters in New York City. Producer Jim Rotolo and engineer Morgan Hahn kept things running.
The program features tracks ranging from original Jan & Dean, to outside Jan Berry productions, "live" comedy, solo material, and a few pieces from the recent Jan Berry tribute album.
"Kick Out the Jams" airs on Sunday, June 21 — the first day of summer . . . Sirius Channel 29 (XM 50), The Loft, . . . 10:00 a.m. to Noon ET (Replay at 12:00 a.m. Wednesday/Tuesday night).
Featuring 30 tracks and more than 20 artists . . . An album that pays homage to Jan Berry's original arrangements -- for Jan & Dean, and for artists for which Jan arranged and produced outside the realm of his own act -- based on his personal archive of music charts and scores (used by the Wrecking Crew to record the original tracks in the 1960s).
Collectors' Choice Music presents Jan & Dean's complete singles from the "Liberty Records" phase of the duo's career, 1961-1966. This period -- when Jan Berry was signed as a songwriter and producer with Nevins-Kirshner and Screen Gems -- covers the peak years for Jan & Dean. In the one-year span between the summers of 1963 and 1964, Jan & Dean had five Top-10 records in a row, as charted by Billboard and Cash Box. And best of all, this package features the original mono mixes. These are the songs as arranger-producer Jan Berry meant them to be heard -- the versions that were played on AM radio in the 1960s.
In the eight-year span between 1958 and 1966, Jan & Dean scored 26 chart records overall -- including 16 Top-40 hits (seven of which were Top-10). Before 1961, Jan & Arnie's and Jan & Dean's singles and albums were released on the Arwin, Dore, Ripple, and Challenge labels.
Release Date: June 17
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February 25, 2008
By Mark A. Moore
New preview of a forthcoming book project by Moore . . . a Jan Berry / Jan & Dean Sessionography.
November 12, 2007
ESQ: FALL 2007
THE BEACH BOYS: "Smiley Smile" revisited
The Fall 2007 edition of Endless Summer Quarterly celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Smiley Smile with collected comments from Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Van Dyke Parks and Stephen Desper; An exclusive interview with Dean Torrence on the Jan & Dean release Save For A Rainy Day, and The Laughing Gravy's version of "Vegetables"; Mark A. Moore unveils Jan Berry's first post-accident recording sessions -- Carnival Of Sound; Brian Wilson Royal Festival Hall performance review in London (September 14); more
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October 21, 2007
We're pleased to announce that composer Don Grady will join our team of guest artists for the Jan Berry / Jan & Dean Tribute Album. Don will sing one of Jan Berry's Warner Bros. era compositions from Carnival of Sound.
We're shooting for a release in April 2008.
Don is a former member of the Yellow Balloon (co-writer of "Stained Glass Window" and "Good Feelin' Time") as well as the Windupwatchband. If you don't already have the Sundazed Yellow Balloon re-issue, be sure to get a copy. It's one of the coolest Los Angeles pop albums from the late '60s.
Don also played the character "Robbie Douglas" on the long-running TV sitcom My Three Sons.
He is currently at work on a brand new solo album . . .
July 28, 2007
The Woolly Bandits, of Los Angeles, will be including "Surf City" (Ramones style) in some of their sets at the following venues:
August 31 -- San Franciso, Ca. -- The Elbo Room
September 1 -- Rosemead, Ca. -- Spikes
September 2 -- The Bullet Weekender, Las Vegas, Nevada -- The Aruba Hotel
We're also pleased to announce that Rik and Christa Collins of WB will be coming aboard for the Jan Berry Tribute Album.
July 12, 2007
Suzanne Graeber Interview
September 20, 2007
Jan Berry's old friend and roommate (and Berry family friend), Suzanne Graeber, will be interviewed on the Artist First Radio Network.
Suzanne will be discussing the manuscript she's working on . . . Confessions of a Flower Child in Hollywood . . . which includes a chapter on her time with Jan.
I'll also be interviewing Suzanne for the Jan Berry biography project.
February 20, 2007
Radio interview posted . . .
Jan Berry / Jan & Dean Tribute Show
Sunday, January 21
12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) -- 2:00 p.m. (Central Time) -- 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
MARK A. MOORE, author and co-producer, was a guest on the Back Porch Show with Jammin' Jay -- KBIG, Dallas, Texas (Internet Radio)
Talk show, with music featuring tracks from the forthcoming Jan Berry / Jan & Dean Tribute Album, plus original Jan & Dean hits . . . and discussion of Jan & Dean's history and legacy.
NOTE: This is not the actual audio that was broadcast on the show over the Internet. KBIG does not currently archive its shows; and this audio was recorded by staff at KBIG as a favor to Jan & Dean fans who couldn't hear the original broadcast. Thus, there's a delay in the background, as well as other voices and sounds in the studio . . . mixed in with the actual interview . . . so listen closely.
The songs from the show . . . the original "Dead Man's Curve" and "New Girl In School" . . . plus our tribute covers of "Anaheim" and "Blowin' My Mind" . . . are omitted here because of the audio limitations of this recording.
Rough drafts of our tribute versions of the songs can be heard on our MySpace site at: http://www.myspace.com/jananddeantribute
Listen to the interview here . . .
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Special thanks to Jay and Susan Griffith.