Sometimes life is too close art. “Dead Man’s Curve, it’s no place to play Dead …

Written by on April 12, 2018


Sometimes life is too close art.

“Dead Man’s Curve, it’s no place to play
Dead Man’s Curve, you best keep away
Dead Man’s Curve, I can hear ’em say
Won’t come back from Dead Man’s Curve”

Jan & Dean had a big hit record with their song “Dead Man’s Curve”. On April 12, 1966, in what seemed to be an eerie recreation of the duo’s single from the year before, Jan Berry of Jan and Dean crashes his Corvette into a parked truck on Beverly Hills’ Whittier Drive, near a stretch of road in Los Angeles known as “Dead Man’s Curve.”

Jan was seriously hurt in the crash. It took him four years of rehabilitation to be able to talk and a full decade in order to perform live again.

How many of you saw Jan & Dean play live after Jan’s was able to perform again?




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