A pop singer
The first draft of the song, with the working title "Goody Connie Won't You Come Back Home", was written by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. He gave it to Jan Berry and Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean who finished writing and recording it with Wilson in the early 1960s. Although Torrence contributed several important phrases to the song and kept the original lyrics, which were scanned and appear on the official Jan and Dean website, Torrence never insisted that his name should be recognized on the label as one of the authors of the song and his contribution is often overlooked.
"Surf City" became the first surf song to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. The song also crossed to #3 on Billboard's R&B charts. In 1991, after moving to the city of Huntington Beach, California, Torrence went on to help convince elected officials that his new home town should be officially nicknamed "Surf City". The name was embraced and, as of 2009, more than 65 businesses in the city include "Surf City" as part of their name.
Torrence was also part of the team that developed the Surf City USA brand championed by the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau.
The Ramones covered "Surf City" on their album Acid Eaters. The Go-Go's sang a cover version at An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson (2001). They substituted the lyrics "Two girls for every boy" with "Two boys for every girl". The Meteors sang a cover version as well.
A pop singer
A celebrity and American pop icon
2009 audio CD release
A celebrity from Huntington New York USA