Dean Torrence Records Invitation to "Blessing of the Waves" in Surf City, USA

Sep 27, 2012, 11:19 ET from Diocese of Orange

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the Fifth Annual Blessing of the Waves a few weeks away, Dean Torrence of the 60s rock and roll duo – Jan and Dean - is lending his voice to invite all surfers and ocean-loving people to this year's event: (click to download audio clip).


Jan and Dean were pioneers of the vocal surf music craze and their hit, Surf City, is an unofficial theme song of Huntington Beach (aka: Surf City USA).

"Blessing of the Waves" has become a mainstay on the Huntington Beach calendar. Each year Priests, Rabbis, Imams, Ministers and non-denominational faith leaders come together in environmental solidarity at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier. The "Fifth Annual Blessing of the Waves" will be October 14th.

Huntington Beach resident Dean Torrence has been a regular at the annual event and truly believes in the spiritual connection with the Ocean, "Our coastline is an incredible gift," he said. "We get so much from our beaches and the water. It's our lifestyle and we need to appreciate and preserve it."

The interfaith prayer service and blessing, hosted by the Diocese of Orange, brings together surfers and ocean-minded people in spiritual appreciation for the ocean resource and all that it gives the planet and its population. Last year more than 2,000 participated.

Dean Torrence's voice message will be distributed via email to spread the word that Surf City is holding a celebration not to be missed if you love the ocean!

...SAVE THE DATE to be a part of this spectacular celebration with blessings, live music entertainment, activities, plenty of sunshine, surf & sand!


Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 9 to 11 am

Huntington Beach, CA 92648 - North Side of Pier

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About Jan and Dean: A rock and roll duo, popular from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s, consisting of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence. They were pioneers of the vocal "surf music" craze that was popularized by The Beach Boys. Among their most successful songs was "Surf City", which topped both the Billboard and Cashbox music charts in June 1963; "Drag City", which was a No. 10 hit on both the Billboard and Cashbox charts in 1963; and their song "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena", which peaked at No. 3. "Dead Man's Curve", which reached No. 8 on the Billboard charts in 1964, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008. Jan Berry died in 2004.

SOURCE Diocese of Orange