William Jan Berry was born in Los Angels, California on April 3, 1941. As a young boy and into his teenage years, he seemed to always push the edge of the envelope as we say now. The many teenage pranks and car accidents seemed to almost prove that Jan was indestructible However, all that changed on April 12, 1966 when he was in a near fatal car accident that left him brain damaged and partial paralyzed. His strong will, determination and some would say stubornness were all essential to his eventual return to the studio and stage. This incrediably talented man could not turn off the music he heard in his head and he missed performing for their fans and the sound of the applause.