Officially Endorsed By Dean O. Torrence (c)2004-2014 MGA
Updated whenever we can!!!
Once again I was able to spend a little time with Dean, this time though, due to other commitments, it was spent through a series of exciting and engaging emails. Although we shared emails and stories at great length, I have chosen 10 great questions and answers from myself to Dean. Hopefully the casual as well as the hard-core Jan & Dean fan will enjoy these questions and answers...
[Mark] Well Dean, it's good to get the oppurtunity to once again ask you a few questions.
[Dean] Mark, You are welcome, sorry it took so long to get back to you.
[Mark] Mike Love and yourself sang together on numerous occasions. Do you have more in common with Mike than you did with Jan? If so, what was the difference in working with them both.
[Dean] After Jans accident, he was totally a different person; personality,
intellectually, creatively etc
This is a long and complicated question
There is no comparison between Jan and Mike after the accident because of
the reasons above
There was a wold of difference before the accident
[Mark] When was the last time you listened to a Jan & Dean song?
[Dean] Today, I am singing a duet with my daughter for her high school Academy of Performing Arts Class (APA)
We are singing "From all over the World" along with the title sequence from The Tami Show.
[Mark] You do a lot of tours every year, is there ever a chance you will come to the UK?
[Dean] Would love to, but its not up to me, thats our booking agents job.
[Mark] Heart & Soul or Baby Talk? Which is your favourite.
[Dean] Baby Talk, our first born.
[Mark] In The Beach Boys version of Barbara Ann, you can be clearly heard singing to your hearts content, did Jan dislike you appearing on that record? What were his thoughts?
[Dean] He just hoped that I didn't piss off "the suits" at our record company.
[Mark] What do you usually have for breakfast?
[Dean] Don't usually eat breakfast, I normally combine Breakfast and Lunch.
[Mark] Pet Sounds or Sergent Peppers? Which is your favourite?
[Dean] Two of the best albums ever recorded
Love both of them equally.
[Mark] You spent some time with Elvis Presley during the late 50's, early 60's. Did you ever go in the studio with him and watch him at work?
[Dean] Never did.
[Mark] Will you ever retire from singing and touring?
[Dean] Probably, but then again I said that in the mid sixties
[Mark] FInally... "The Liberty Singles Collection" was an awesome compilation of your work, do you think there will ever be a Jan & Dean "box set" for fans?
[Dean] I have no idea, I am not in the loop when it comes to our stuff, but for some reason I am more in the
loop when it involves other artists, Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson, Harry Nilsson and even Wilson Phillips,
[Mark] Thank you Dean, I think your fans will be happy with those few, different questions!
[Dean] Hope all is well with you and yours! PS This a APA Program [Below] my daughter was a part of last February. The APA students learned and then performed (with an orchestra) every song on those two classic LPs. It was very cool. This also included tons of classic video.
It's always good to read new Dean interviews, sometimes they might be insightful, sometimes simply a fun read, as you can see by the above interview I asked Dean questions that you don't usually hear. What's the point in asking him the same old questions time after time?
Dean is a good, kind, honest person who was a huge part in the Jan & Dean story, he is also the only surviving member of course, so having Dean as a resource is important to us here at the jananddean.moonfruit.com, as it is to many other people.
So, on that note, over the next five or six months I will be collecting questions from you... The Fans of Jan & Dean. They can be about anything you like, I will ask him the best questions that I receive and you will get to see your questions answered by the legendary Dean Torrence.
Just send any questions you have in to the usual address and I will confirm all emails with you so you know that I have them in a pile ready to ask Dean. If your question is lucky enough to be chosen, I'll also arrange a little Jan & Dean treat for you also.
Enjoy the interview, enjoy Jan & Dean.
Mark - 18 May 2009