Dean Torrence

Photograph courtesy Flickr/Dougusafsp

I met Jan Berry at University High in West L.A. One of our earliest gigs was at Pacific Ocean Park. “Playing,” in our day, was lip-synching. I think we had a gold record before we ever played live. We were college students then—Jan was premed, I studied architecture—so we really didn’t have a band. We had studio musicians who cut our records. It was a couple of years before we put together a touring band. I used to meet Brian Wilson at Pink’s hot dog stand late at night. It was about the only place open until one or two in the morning. Ah, Pink’s. » Torrence, 70, was half of the ’50s and ’60s rock and roll duo Jan & Dean.