Jan and Dean are right up there with The Beach Boys for me as the kings of California surf culture in the early 1960s. Great songs.
I highly recommend Bob Greene's book "When We Get To Surf City" about his life on the road with J+D in the 80s and 90s, a beautiful book :)
Jan & Dean were part of the Surf and Drag scene.... California scene was what it was. Beach Boys were the top Group , But Jan & Dean were just as good . My favorite was Little Old Lady from Pasadena ! and Now I am that Little Old Lady !!!!! lol