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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | April 26, 2011
This weekend, Huntington Beach will get a serenade from the man who gave it its name. Well, its second name, anyway. Henry Huntington, the railroad magnate whose firm developed the city in 1909, may not have been renowned for his singing voice. But Dean Torrence, half of the 1960s surf-rock duo Jan and Dean, helped put Huntington on the tourist map in 1991 when he successfully lobbied to have it nicknamed "Surf City. " That, of course, was the title of Jan and Dean's biggest hit, a No. 1 song highlighted by the joyous refrain "Two girls for every boy. " And when Torrence takes the stage Sunday at the Taste of Huntington Beach, it's a safe bet he'll work that number into his set. So how many times has Torrence sung "Surf City" over the years?
NEWS
October 1, 2009
The summer might have ended, but the party isn’t over yet with the Centennial Beach Party on Saturday. The Huntington Beach Centennial Celebration is taking over the beach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between the Junior Lifeguard Headquarters and the Hyatt Bridge for food, music and a bonfire for those who want to stay late. “The Centennial Celebration Committee designed the event for local residents to be able to come down and enjoy the beach without the summer crowds,” said Ron Shenkman, the centennial co-chairman, in a release from the city.
NEWS
March 7, 2002
Surf City, here we come. Chances are, you've heard those upbeat, happy-go-lucky words blare across radio stations throughout the years -- some 30-plus, to be more precise. Well, come Saturday night at the Waterfront Hilton, Dean Torrence, one of the two voices behind the smash hit, Surf City, and the Surf City All-Star Band, will perform the hits that idealized the Southern California beach lifestyle at the fifth annual Golden West College Foundation fund-raising gala.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Josh Aden | April 24, 2008
Huntington Beach makes a point to be known as Surf City, but it’s doubtful anyone would care much about the title if it weren’t for local resident Dean Torrence and a tune he sang with his friend Jan Berry. In the early 1960s Jan and Dean became synonymous with the sounds of summer, tanned teens and surfing — that new rebellious sport that was sweeping the beaches. Along with compatriots like the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean exported the reverb-laden taste of California around the world.
FEATURES
By CHRIS EPTING | July 17, 2008
On Tinker Street, the main drag up in the woodsy hamlet of Woodstock, N.Y., there’s a great little bookstore called The Golden Notebook. When I ducked in there recently to avoid a soft summer storm, two things caught my eye. First, three entire shelves were bursting with books about Bob Dylan (who lived/recorded up there in the mid 1960s — in fact his mysterious motorcycle accident happened just minutes from the store). Second was a blue-and-orange cover; a recent book called “When We Get To Surf City — A Journey Through America in Pursuit of Rock and Roll, Friendship and Dreams” written by the exceptionally talented Bob Greene (NPR commentator, “Nightline” correspondent, New York Times bestselling author)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Alexander | April 4, 2007
The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum is starting off its Surfin' Sundays concert series this Sunday by paying tribute to the band that gave Surf City USA its name. Surf band The Nocturnes will play a tribute to the Beach Boys. Appetizers and beverages will be served and admission is free. The event celebrates the opening of "Surf Sounds, Part 1," an exhibit of Beach Boys memorabilia from throughout the band's career. For kids, the exhibit includes a karaoke machine donated by Singer's Choice Karaoke, which gives them a chance to sing along to a book full of popular songs.
FEATURES
By By Dave Brooks | December 22, 2005
It's not too late to find the perfect Huntington Beach-themed gift -- and you don't even have to brave the mall.Wait too long to pick up those last Christmas gifts? Want to get something special that reflects the spirit of Surf City? Well, look no further, the Independent has compiled a list of last-minute gifts you can find downtown that show the warm spirit of Huntington Beach during the coldest part of the year. Enjoy. The Huntington Beach Pier Christmas ornament -- $22.50 This is one of the hottest items at the new HB Store on Main Street, said co-owner Joe Shaw, who hawks popular doormats, clothing and decorations all adorned with a privately designed "HB" logo.
NEWS
By Purnima Mudnal | April 13, 2006
Another nostalgic fan of the Golden Bear is spearheading a new effort to bring back the fabled music venue. Retired teacher Doug Turner, who visited the club as a young man, is petitioning City Council to bring back the Golden Bear. He comes prepared with 500 signatures he collected himself. "I know it can be done. It's done every day. If people want to do it, they'll do it," Turner said, who plans to speak before the City Council on April 17. What Turner's petition lacks is specifics ?
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By Michael Miller | October 10, 2012
With all the surf culture icons gathered by the Huntington Beach Pier on Sunday morning, it may take the creator of the universe to steal the show. Of course, that's the intention. At the fifth annual Blessing of the Waves, an interfaith service sponsored by the Diocese of Orange, Tom Morey - the inventor of the Boogie Board - will represent the Baha'i Faith. Singer-songwriter Summer Watson, who has toured California and Hawaii to promote the Toes on the Nose clothing brand, will play a solo acoustic set. For that matter, Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean - whose song "Surf City" gave Huntington Beach its official nickname - has recorded an audio greeting to help publicize the event and plans to attend for the fifth year in a row. When the songs and speeches are all done, the crowd will stand at the water's edge to sing a final song: "God Bless America.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | April 26, 2011
This weekend, Huntington Beach will get a serenade from the man who gave it its name. Well, its second name, anyway. Henry Huntington, the railroad magnate whose firm developed the city in 1909, may not have been renowned for his singing voice. But Dean Torrence, half of the 1960s surf-rock duo Jan and Dean, helped put Huntington on the tourist map in 1991 when he successfully lobbied to have it nicknamed "Surf City. " That, of course, was the title of Jan and Dean's biggest hit, a No. 1 song highlighted by the joyous refrain "Two girls for every boy. " And when Torrence takes the stage Sunday at the Taste of Huntington Beach, it's a safe bet he'll work that number into his set. So how many times has Torrence sung "Surf City" over the years?
NEWS
By Chris Epting | September 20, 2010
"What better way to end summer?" Dean Torrence, one half of the legendary 1960s singing duo Jan and Dean, spoke to me recently about the "Endless Summer" concert he's performing with his band, the Surf City Allstars, this Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. And, perhaps best of all, it's free. "That frees us up a bit to do some things we wouldn't normally do," Torrence said. "So we'll play around a bit and also welcome a special guest I have coming out from back East, so look for a few surprises on Saturday night.
NEWS
October 1, 2009
The summer might have ended, but the party isn’t over yet with the Centennial Beach Party on Saturday. The Huntington Beach Centennial Celebration is taking over the beach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between the Junior Lifeguard Headquarters and the Hyatt Bridge for food, music and a bonfire for those who want to stay late. “The Centennial Celebration Committee designed the event for local residents to be able to come down and enjoy the beach without the summer crowds,” said Ron Shenkman, the centennial co-chairman, in a release from the city.
FEATURES
By CHRIS EPTING | July 17, 2008
On Tinker Street, the main drag up in the woodsy hamlet of Woodstock, N.Y., there’s a great little bookstore called The Golden Notebook. When I ducked in there recently to avoid a soft summer storm, two things caught my eye. First, three entire shelves were bursting with books about Bob Dylan (who lived/recorded up there in the mid 1960s — in fact his mysterious motorcycle accident happened just minutes from the store). Second was a blue-and-orange cover; a recent book called “When We Get To Surf City — A Journey Through America in Pursuit of Rock and Roll, Friendship and Dreams” written by the exceptionally talented Bob Greene (NPR commentator, “Nightline” correspondent, New York Times bestselling author)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Josh Aden | April 24, 2008
Huntington Beach makes a point to be known as Surf City, but it’s doubtful anyone would care much about the title if it weren’t for local resident Dean Torrence and a tune he sang with his friend Jan Berry. In the early 1960s Jan and Dean became synonymous with the sounds of summer, tanned teens and surfing — that new rebellious sport that was sweeping the beaches. Along with compatriots like the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean exported the reverb-laden taste of California around the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Alexander | April 4, 2007
The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum is starting off its Surfin' Sundays concert series this Sunday by paying tribute to the band that gave Surf City USA its name. Surf band The Nocturnes will play a tribute to the Beach Boys. Appetizers and beverages will be served and admission is free. The event celebrates the opening of "Surf Sounds, Part 1," an exhibit of Beach Boys memorabilia from throughout the band's career. For kids, the exhibit includes a karaoke machine donated by Singer's Choice Karaoke, which gives them a chance to sing along to a book full of popular songs.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2007
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