FOLLOWING THE TRAGIC EVENT of April 12th 1966, when Jan Berry crashed his blue ’66 Corvette into the rear of a parked vehicle whilst speeding down Whittier Boulevard, former recording partner Dean Torrence created the successful design company Kittyhawk Graphics. Situated in a three storey office building on Sunset Boulevard, the company was officially launched during 1967, taking its name from the famous location in North Carolina where the Wright Brothers had made their first successful airborne flight.
Dean had graduated from the School Of Fine
"Let The Sunshine In"
Motown : 1968
"Song Of Joy"
A&M : 1974
"Will The Circle Be Unbroken"
Liberty : 1972
featuring Mike Love
Pacific Arts : 1978
DENNIS THOUGHT the best way to get in the mood for a photo shoot was to go to Hawaii for a couple of weeks. We would also have to drink a lot of tropical drinks to help create the proper atmosphere. And of course we had to go surfing. And the best news was that my old friend Jim Guercio was paying for the trip – (Jim) owned the record company that was putting out Dennis’s album. What a great time we had. We spent at least three to four days of just getting in the mood.
Dennis really didn’t like taking photos, but he was so photogenic that it was essential to fill this album up with photos. Hey, and Maui was pretty photogenic too aswell. After a few days of shooting, Karen Lamm, Dennis’s wife, at least for that week, showed up. She too was very photogenic but very distracting. She caused a bunch of tension but Dennis always seemed to feel at home with tension around him. Anyway, I eventually overcame the tension and somehow I did get some terrific photos of the two of them.
I (also took) a series of shots just of Dennis’ boys, and one of those photos was included inside the package.
"I'm just a guy, with time on my hands, travellin' 'round the world, seeing other lands ..." 1964
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