Five on Friday Set 55

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 by Travis Cody in

Don't forget to work on your Five Degrees of Musical Progression Set for next week!

It's cold around these here parts.  But rather than dwell on that, I thought I'd pop out some fun spring and summer tunes to make you start thinking about warmer weather just on the horizon.

You can see it, right?

It's just over there.  No, over there.  A little farther...there it is!

Hang in there gang!  Entropy says every day must pass and spring will return.

In the meantime, here's some Jan & Dean.  They were a hit duo from around 1958 until around 1965, singing surf and car tunes.  They had a fun and frolicsome garage band sound.  The vocals were never great, but the tunes were catchy.  They scored at least 26 hits on the Billboard charts during their hey day.

Jan Berry (1941-2004) was critically injured in April 1966 when he wrecked his car.  He suffered brain damage and spent the rest of his life with minimal use of his right side, ultimately overcoming speech issues and drug addiction to return to performing.  Dean Torrance became a renowned graphic designer, creating iconic album cover art and logos through his company Kittyhawk Graphics.  Dean stood by Jan through all of his health issues was ready when Jan was to get back on stage.

The duo had a resurgence in the late 70's and throughout the 80's.  I followed them when I was in high school and they made the local county fair rounds backed by Papa Doo Run Run.  I remember they always put on a great show.

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  1. Coco says:

    Nice thought for the day. It's -28C here and a little summer music hits the spot. Thanks Trav.

  1. Jamie says:

    Remember when "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" when it first came out. Since my right foot is definitely made out of lead, I still sort of hum it under my breath when heading down the freeway.

  1. I'll be back this evening to listen to this set, Travis, as I'm not as versed in Jan and Dean. So I'm looking forward to it!

  1. It's even cold down HERE. And that's almost unconscionable.

  1. jennifer says:

    At the risk of sounding un-American, I never got into the surf sound. The Beach Boys revived their popularity for the 80s generation with Cocamo (sp? - it was on the Cocktails soundtrack) and even then, I just didn't get it. Maybe I'm a mountains person instead of a beach person? :)

    That being said, I still recognize the songs that you featured this week by Jan and Dean. I think it was clever of you to use summer sounds to warm our cold shocked spirits.

  1. Anonymous says:

    There's a happy set! Happy Friday to you! Blogger is making me be anonymous today. goodnightgram

  1. Linda says:

    Dan & Jean songs are just flat-out fun even if they're singing about crashing your car on "Dead Man's Curve"!

    I did my set this week on songs using the word "sun" in the title as I thought it might warm things up a little bit!

    I've got my thinking cap on for next week's progressive set!

  1. Jan and Dean were certainly one incredible duo.

    Love the music and going to work on my progression for next week.

    In the meantime, I selected 5 IBC artists and featured their music along with a ton of pictures.

  1. It has been a while since I heard Dead man's curve.thank for it.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Oh the surf sound always brings back summer memories for me. :)