One of Brian Wilson's heroes passes away...
Singer JAN BERRY, who made his name in the 1960s as one half of surf pop duo JAN & DEAN, has died at the age of 62.
The star suffered a seizure at his Los Angeles home. He had been suffering from ill health since a car crash left him paralysed for a year in 1966, reports the BBC.
Jan & Dean scored seven US Top Ten hits with their trademark surf music songs – their 1963 US chart topper ‘Surf City’ was co-written by Brian Wilson of Beach Boys.
Berry is reported to have become a considerable songwriting influence on Wilson, according to his biographer Mark Moore.
The duo’s success was effectively ended by Berry’s accident. The singer suffered extensive brain damage, but was able to walk again after extensive therapy.
Jan & Dean reunited in 1972, but their comeback failed to make an impact.
Berry recorded his debut solo album in 1997, while Jan & Dean performed their last live concert together in March.