KFJB Radio Host
My love for surf music goes back to 1974, when I was just 8 years old! My dad had the 2 LP set, "Endless Summer" by the Beach Boys. I would sit in my room in Lakewood, Colorado and play the catchy songs, "All Summer Long" and "Girl Don't Tell Me" over and over. I developed a falsetto singing voice to sing along with Brian Wilson's parts. My parents thought I was crazy and incredibly off key. Ha!
There was something about this music! It was happy! I wanted to learn how to surf.
On February 3, 1978 I was watching CBS and there was a promo for an upcoming movie called, Deadman's Curve" about the lives of the surf music duo Jan & Dean. I watch the made for television movie and was instantly a Jan & Dean fan. I loved their songs, "Surf City", "Deadman's Curve" and "Little Old Lady From Pasadena". This was now my surf music of choice. I became obsessed with Jan & Dean. In 1978, there weren't many options for Jan & Dean music. A couple of cassettes and a greatest hits album.
The success of the movie made Jan and Dean popular again and they toured again. First with the Beach Boys and then by themselves. In the fall of 1981, I saw my first Jan & Dean concert in Denver.
In 1988, while I was attending Drake University, my college radio partner and I heard Jan & Dean were coming to Des Moines's Val Air Ballroom for a concert. We somehow got the bright idea that we should meet their airplane when it landed. And we did! They were extremely nice to us and invited us to their hotel the next day for an interview we would tape for our college radio show.
I have seen Jan & Dean more times than I can count and own somewhere in the number of 45-55 albums with their music on it. I have been lucky to interview Dean Torrence(of Jan & Dean)multiple times on my radio program.
In April of 2105 I was contacted by Dean's management and asked an unusual question, "Would I mind picking Dean up in Cedar Rapids and driving him to a gig in Fairfield, Iowa" HECK YA! I figured I'd have 2 hours of windshield time with one of favorite performers of all time. It was surreal. We talked about music, life and his long career. Pinch me!
In September of 2105, I was asked to induct Jan & Dean into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an out of state performer. Dean graciously showed up for the event all the way from his home in California. Jan passed away in 2004.
I have been extremely blessed to get to know one of my rock and roll idols. I'm still working on the falsetto..Ha!
And The best Goes On.........