Contents 1 The song's story 2 Versions 3 Cover versions 4 References 5 External links


The song's story[edit] The singer goes out for a leisurely drive one night in his Corvette Sting Ray, when a guy pulls up alongside in his Jaguar XKE and challenges him to a drag race. According to the song, the race starts at Sunset and Vine, traveling westbound on West Sunset Blvd., passing North La Brea Ave., North Crescent Heights Blvd., and North Doheny Dr. The original Schwab's Drug Store was located just east of Crescent Heights on Sunset. The North Whittier Drive curve, a nearly 90° right turn traveling west on Sunset Boulevard just past North Whittier Drive, may have been the "dead man's curve" in the song,[2][3][4] but there is debate on the actual location of the curve.[5] Coincidentally, Jan Berry, of Jan and Dean, would himself later be involved in a near-fatal incident in 1966, when he crashed his own Sting Ray into a parked truck on North Whittier Drive near (but not on) Dead Man's Curve.[6] The song ends with the singer relating his last memories of the ill-fated race to a doctor. Sound effects of screeching tires and crashing are also heard in the song. Deadman's Curve was used as the title for the 1978 biographical nationally televised movie about Jan and Dean,[7] starring Richard Hatch and Bruce Davison respectively portraying Berry and Torrence.


Versions[edit] Overhead map view of Deadman's curve, an almost ninety-degree right turn traveling west on Sunset Boulevard just past North Whittier Drive near 9901 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Three versions of "Dead Man's Curve" were released: Version #1: Original version from the 1963 Drag City album Version #2: Single "hit" version with added horns, strings, additional backing vocals and sounds of a car skidding and crashing; from the 1964 Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl In School LP Version #3: An earlier rejected studio mix from the 1966 Filet of Soul album. Live versions appear on the 1965 Command Performance and 1971 Anthology albums There are a few minor lyrical differences between versions #1 and 3 and version #2 listed above: Versions #1 & 3 - "my frenched tail lights", "the strip was deserted" and "pulled her out and there I was" Version #2 - "my six tail lights", "the street was deserted" and "pulled her out and there we were" There are two basic versions:[8] Version one: Lead and backing vocals: Jan Berry Background vocals: Jan Berry, Brian Wilson, Gary Usher. Released: on Drag City LP, Liberty LST 7339, Jan and Dean Jan. 6, 1964 Side one, cut five 3:01 Also on Filet of Soul LP, Liberty LST 7441, Jan and Dean, April 25, 1966, Side two, cut three 3:01 Version two: Jan Berry, Roger Christian, Artie Kornfeld, Brian Wilson Jan Berry: Lead and Backing vocals. Dean Torrence: Backing vocals Released February 17, 1964 Liberty 55672 45 RPM (B-side: New Girl in School) 2:28 (2:21 listing on actual disk—Wiki says 2:27) Released May 4, 1964 Dead Man’s Curve/The New Girl in School LP Liberty LST 7361, Jan and Dean Side one, cut one: 2:28 Also re-released on several compilations (the 1984 Rhino LP Teenage Tragedies lists the song as a "re-recorded version"), anthologies and 45 RPM records (some timed 2:39)


Cover versions[edit] The song was covered by The Carpenters as part of their oldies sequence on their album Now & Then. The B-side "The New Girl In School" was covered by Alex Chilton on his 1995 album, A Man Called Destruction. The song was covered by the Belljars, whose version plays over the closing credits of the 1998 film, The Curve AKA Dead Man's Curve. This song has also been covered by Cleveland proto-punk band electric eels, Blink-182, and Nash the Slash.


References[edit] ^ Hoffmann, Frank W.; Bailey, William G. (1990). Arts & Entertainment Fads, Volume 1. Binghampton: Haworth Press. pp. 61–62. ISBN 9780866568814.  ^ Staten, Vince (1990). Unauthorized America: a travel guide to the places the chamber of commerce won't tell you about. Perennial Library. p. 307. ISBN 0-06-096514-2. The real Deadman's Curve is on Sunset Blvd. just west of Whittier Dr.  ^ Kelly, Michael Bryan (1993). Liberty Records: a history of the recording company and its stars, 1955-1971. McFarland & Company. p. 278. ISBN 0-89950-740-9. ... and went past the UCLA athletic fields; then he passed 'Deadman's Curve' and turned right on Whittier Drive.  ^ Sherwood, Rick (November 30, 1987). "By the Numbers". Calendar. Los Angeles Times. p. 2. Whittier Drive near Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills: Jan & Dean's infamous "Deadman's Curve."  |access-date= requires |url= (help) ^ "Dead Man's Curve". snopes.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015.  ^ Borden, Jeff (October 30, 1988). "No Lies, Just tales of Demise Hearse-Drawn Tour of L.A. Travels. Trail of Star's Deaths". Travel. Los Angeles Times. p. 1F.  |access-date= requires |url= (help) ^ snopes.com: Dead Man's Curve ^ Elliot, Brad (2013). Surf's Up!. Surf's Up Books. ISBN 978-0972768610. 


External links[edit] Google Map of the route described in the song Google Map location of Jan Berry's accident Listen to it on YouTube Coordinates: 34°4′37.29″N 118°25′16.41″W / 34.0770250°N 118.4212250°W / 34.0770250; -118.4212250 v t e Jan and Dean Jan Berry Dean Torrence Albums Carnival of Sound (2010) Singles "Baby Talk" "Clementine" "Gee" "Heart and Soul" "A Sunday Kind of Love" "Who Put the Bomp" "Frosty the Snowman" "She's Still Talkin' Baby Talk" "Linda" "Surf City" "Honolulu Lulu" "Drag City" "Dead Man's Curve" "The New Girl In School" "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)" "Ride the Wild Surf" "Sidewalk Surfin'" "I Found a Girl" "Norwegian Wood" "Batman!" "Popsicle" "School Days" "Louisiana Man" "Yellow Balloon" "Tijuana" "Vegetables" "In the Still of the Night" "Gonna Hustle You" "Blue Moon" "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" Songs "Stay" Related topics Discography Deadman's Curve "Barbara Ann" v t e Streets in Los Angeles and the metropolitan area Numbered streets 1–10 1st 3rd 11–40 41–250 Avenues North–south streets Alameda Alvarado Atlantic Blvd./Atlantic Ave. Avalon Blvd. Aviation Blvd. Beverly Dr. Broadway Cahuenga Blvd. Central Ave. Crenshaw Blvd. Doheny Dr. Fairfax Ave. Figueroa Garfield Ave. Glendale Blvd./Brand Blvd. Gower Grand Avenue Highland Ave. Hill Hoover La Brea Ave./Hawthorne Blvd. La Cienega Blvd. Laurel Canyon Blvd./Crescent Heights Blvd. Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles Main Normandie Ave. Ocean Ave. Robertson Blvd. Rosemead Blvd./Lakewood Blvd. San Fernando Rd. San Pedro Sawtelle Blvd. Sepulveda Blvd. Sierra Hwy. Soto Pacific Blvd./Long Beach Blvd. Vermont Ave. Vine Western Ave. Westwood Blvd. Wilcox Avenue East–west streets Adams Blvd. Alondra Blvd. Arrow Hwy. Artesia Blvd. Bandini Blvd. Beverly Blvd. Carroll Ave. Carson Century Blvd. Compton Blvd./Marine Ave. Del Amo Blvd. El Segundo Blvd. Florence Ave. Franklin Ave. Garvey Ave. Hollywood Blvd. Imperial Hwy. Jefferson Blvd. Lomita Blvd. Los Feliz Blvd. Manchester Ave./Firestone Blvd. Manhattan Beach Blvd. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Melrose Ave. Montana Ave. Mulholland Dr. Nadeau Olympic Blvd. Pico Blvd. Rosecrans Ave. Santa Monica Blvd. Slauson Ave. Sunset Blvd./Cesar Chavez Ave. Temple Valley Blvd. Vernon Ave. Venice Blvd. Washington Blvd. Whittier Blvd. Wilshire Blvd. The Valleys Arrow Hwy. Balboa Blvd. Beverly Glen Blvd. Cahuenga Blvd. Coldwater Canyon Ave. Colorado Blvd. Foothill Blvd. Glenoaks Blvd. Lankershim Blvd. Laurel Canyon Blvd. Mulholland Dr. Reseda Blvd. Riverside Dr. San Fernando Rd. Sepulveda Blvd. Sierra Hwy. Sunland Blvd./Vineland Ave. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Valley Blvd. Van Nuys Blvd. Ventura Blvd. Victory Blvd. Intersections and traffic circles Hollywood and Vine Los Alamitos Circle Diagonal streets Centinela Ave./Bundy Dr. San Vicente Blvd. California Incline Streets in San Pedro Gaffey Western Ave. Alleyways Olvera Santee Alley In popular culture 77 Sunset Strip "All I Wanna Do" "Blue Jay Way" "Dead Man's Curve" "Down Rodeo" "I Love L.A." Mulholland Drive "Pico and Sepulveda" "LA Devotee" Sunset Boulevard (film, musical) All un-suffixed roads are streets unless otherwise noted. Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dead_Man%27s_Curve_(song)&oldid=815504907" Categories: 1964 singlesJan and Dean songsTeenage tragedy songsVehicle wreck balladsSongs about automobilesSongs written by Roger Christian (songwriter)Songs written by Brian WilsonSongs written by Jan BerrySongs written by Artie KornfeldGrammy Hall of Fame Award recipientsLiberty Records singles1964 songsHidden categories: Pages using citations with accessdate and no URLArticles with hAudio microformatsCoordinates on Wikidata


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