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How pop music is made. Case Study #1: Jan and Dean's "Honolulu Lulu."

Jan (Berry) had a late-night snack with song-writer Roger Christian "over a bowl of tapioca pudding at Los Angeles's Copper Penny all-night diner.

"Producer Lou Adler had suggested the title, and a bleary-eyed Christian scrawled the lyrics on a napkin, which he neglected to retrieve when the waitress cleared the dishes. Realizing his carelessness, Christian asked Berry to help him scour the diner's back-alley dumpster in search of the rough draft of the song; he finally found the precious napkin at 4:00 a.m.

"'Honolulu Lulu' hit number 11 on Billboard's Hot 100..."

Yet-another story from "The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern California Experience."

See also: Jan and Dean meet a stripper.

Bonus link: That time the Beach Boys recorded with a symphony orchestra.

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