From the Land of Band Box Records

They Gave Us Rock and Roll – Part 13

June 29, 2017

The Roots of Rock and Roll on Long Play in the U.S.

1963 – Calvin Cool & The Surf Knobs – CRC Charter 103 – “The Surfer’s Beat”

Who knows who these guys are?  Does it matter?

1963 – Don Dailey – Crown CST 314 – “Surf Stompin'”

This long play was first issued by “Billy Boyd” titled “Twangy Guitars” and was reissued to accommodate the surfing craze.

1962 – Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – Deltone LPM 1001 – “Surfer’s Choice”

Dick Dale was born in Boston, Massachusetts in May of 1937 Richard Anthony Monsour – In short, he gave us Surf Music.  Early members of the Del-Tones included Bill Barber, Ray Samra, Jack Lake, Nick O’Malley and Lee Farrell.

1963 – Dale and Grace – Montel MLP 100 – “I’m Leaving It Up to You”

Dale Houston (Dale Robert Houston born April of 1940 in Covington County, Mississippi) and Grace Broussard (born in 1939 in Prairieville, Louisiana).  Houston died on September 27th, 1940.

1966 – Dan & Dale – Tifton 78003 – “Batman and Robin”

These were musicians in part from “The Blues Project” – with Andy Kulberg, Danny Kalb, John Gilmore, Laurdine Patrick, Marshall Allen, Roy Blumenfeld, Steve Katz and Sun Ra. – Weird!

1961 – Dante & The Evergreens – Madison MA-LP 1002 – “Dante and the Everygreens”

Dante and the Evergreens formed out of Santa Monica, California in 1959 – Original members included Donald Drowly, Frank Rosenthal, Bill Young and Tony Moon.  The were first discovered by Jan and Dean.

1959 – James Darren – Colpix CP 406 – “Album No. 1”

James Darren was an actor singer who was born in June of 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania James William Ercolani.  The teen movie “Gidget” sent him on his way to fame.

1963 – The Dartells – Dot – “The Original Hit Hot Pastrami”

The Dartells formed in Oxnard, California in 1962 – Members included Doug Phillips, Dick Burns, Gary Peeler, Randy Ray, Rich Piel, Corky Wilkie and Galen Mills

1963 – The Darts – Del-Fi DFLP 1244 – “Hollywood Drag”

The Darts were also “The Deuce Coupes” and “The Defenders” created by Del-Fi label owner Bob Keene.  Members were Glen Campbell, David Gates of “Bread”, Bill Pitman, Tommy Tedesco, Larry Bright, Ray Pohlman, Jimmy Bond, Dale Hallcom, Mike Rubini, Leon Russell, Plas Johnson, Jay Migliori, Jim Horn, Roy Caton, Earl Palmer and Hal Blaine.

1968 – The Daughters of Albion – Fontana SRF 67586 – “Daughters of Albion”

The Daughters of Albion are Greg Dempsey and Kathy Yesse – also known as Kathy Dalton.

1967 – The David – VMC VS 124 – “Another Day, Another Lifetime”

The David were from Los Angeles, California formed in 1966.  Members included Tim Harrison, Warren Hansen, Mike Butte, Chuck Spieth and Mark Bird.  Spieth died in a fire in the early 1970’s.

1963 – Skeeter Davis – RCA Victor LP 2699 – “The End of the World”

Skeeter Davis was born in December of 1931 in Dry Ridge, Kentucky Mary Frances Penick.  She started off her career with Betty Jack Davis singing as a duo.  Betty was killed in an automobile accident and Skeeter carried on hitting it big with the teen crowd for a time and then continuing on with her roots in country music until her death on September 19th, 2004 at the age of 72 from cancer.

1969 – Tim Dawe – Straight STS 1058 – “Penrod”

(Need information on Tim Dawe)

1969 – Day Blindness – Studion 10 – “Day Blindness”

Members were Gary Pihi, Felix Bria and Dave Neuman – The group formed in 1968 meeting in high school in San Mateo, California – During the recording session for this LP they were visited by both Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin both of whom offered advice.  And that was about it for Day Blindness.

1964 – The Deadly Ones – Vee Jay VJLP 1090 – “It’s Monster Surfing Time”

What can I say? No hints of who might be involved here on the albums’ back cover.

1969 – Bill Deal and the Rhondels – Heritage HTS 35,003 – “Vintage Rock”

Bill Deal and the Rhondels formed in 1959 out of Portsmouth, Virginia – Early members were Bill Deal (died December 10th, 2003), Ammon Tharp, George Bell, Ronnie Hallman and David Williams.

1961 – Joey Dee & His Starliters – Roulette – “Hey Let’s Twist!”

Joey Dee formed in 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey – Members included Joey Dee, David Brigati, Larry Vernieri, Carlton Lattimore, Sam Taylor and Willie Davis.  Brigati would to form the “Young Rascals” –

1966 – The Deep – Cameo Parkway SP-7051 – “Psychedelic Moods (A Mind Expanding Phenomena)”

The Deep formed in 1966 breaking up in the same year out of New York City.  The Deep was a very early psychedelic endeavor with main player Rusty Evans (deceased), who had later joined “The New Christy Minstrels”, and noted musician David Bromberg, Mark Barkan,  among others.

1963 – The De-Fenders – Del-Fi DFLP 1242

Del-Fi put so many of these type of albums out – most likely using the same musicians to cash in on the hot-rod music phase.

1968 – The Delfonics – Philly Groove LP 1150 – “La La Means I Love You”

The Delfonics formed in 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The group had it’s roots in “The Four Guys”, “The Four Gents”, “The Orphonics”  Members included William Hart, Randy Cain, Donald Cannon and Stanley Latham.

1963 – The Demensions – Coral CRL 57430 – “My Foolish Heart”

The Demensions formed in the Bronx, New York  in 1961 – Members included Lenny Dell, Phil Del Giudice, Howie Margolin and Marisa Martelli.

1963 – Jackie DeShannon – Liberty LST 7320 – “Jackie DeShannon”

Jackie DeShannon was born in August of 1941 in Hazel, Kentucky Sharon Lee Myers – She recorded as “Sherry Lee” and “Jackie Dee”.

1965 – The Detergents – Roulette R-25308 – “The Many Faces of The Detergents”

The Detergents were a studio concoction involving Ron Dante, Danny Jordan and Tommy Wynn.  They were sued by “Leader of the Pack” composers, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Shadow Morton – which was settled out of court.  Ron Dante (Carmine John Granito born in August of 1945) fronted other groups including the studio cartoon group “The Archies” and sang lead for “The Cuff Links”.  He also produced most of Barry Manilow’s long plays.

1968 – The Detroit City Limits – Okeh OKS 14127 – “98 Cents Plus Tax and Other Great Hits”

A studio group??

1963 – The Deuce Coupes – Del-Fi DFLP 1243 – “Hotrodder’s Choice”

The Deuce Coupes were also “The Darts” and “The Defenders” created by Del-Fi label owner Bob Keene.  Members were Glen Campbell, David Gates of “Bread”, Bill Pitman, Tommy Tedesco, Larry Bright, Ray Pohlman, Jimmy Bond, Dale Hallcom, Mike Rubini, Leon Russell, Plas Johnson, Jay Migliori, Jim Horn, Roy Caton, Earl Palmer and Hal Blaine.

1967 – The Devil’s Anvil – Columbia CS 9464 – “Hard Rock from the Middle East”

This group was from New York City and was mentored/discovered by Felix Pappalardi.  Felix played with the band along with Steve Knight, Jerry Satpir, Elierzer Adoram and Kareem Issaq.  Knight would join Pappalardi in the group “Mountain”.

1964 – The Dials – Time 5/2100 – “It’s Monkey Time”

Studio musicians all – a budget label project.

1966 – Neil Diamond – Bang BLP 214 – “The Feel of Neil Diamond”

Old Neil was a pretty decent rocker in the early days – born in January of 1941 in Brooklyn, New York Neil Leslie Diamond.  He started off with Jack Parker in a duo called “Neil and Jack”!  Neil joins the elite group of writers working out of New York’s “Brill Building”.  Some of his tunes included “Red, Red Wine” (Jimmy James and others), “Kentucky Woman” (Deep Purple), “A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You” (Monkees), “Sunflower” (Glen Campbell), “The Boat That I Row” (Lulu), “I’m a Believer” (Monkees)

1962 – Dick and Dee Dee – Liberty LP 3236 – “Tell Me – The Mountain’s High”

Dick and Dee Dee formed in 1960 in California – birth names being Mary Sperling and Richard Gostling.  – They changed their names to Dick St. John and Deedee Phelps.

1960 – Dicky Doo & The Don’ts – United Artists UA 6097 – “Teen Scene”

Dicky Doo is Gerry Granahan (“Dicky Doo”) He was a member of the early Southwest rock group “The Orchids” along with Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen.  The “Don’ts” were Harvey Davis, Al Ways, Ray Gangi and Dave Aldred who had also been with “The Orchids”.

1963 – The Dillards – Elektra EK-7232 – “Back Porch Bluegrass”

The Dillards formed in 1963 in Salem, Missouri with brothers Douglas and Rodney Dillard and Dean Webb, and Mitchell Franklin.  Doug would go on to be part of “Dillard and Clark.  He passed away on August 2nd, 2010.

1960 – Mark Dinning – MGM 3828 – “Teen Angel”

Mark Dinning was born in August of 1933 in Manchester, Oklahoma Max Edward Dinning – Dinning passed away in 1985 from a heart attack at age 52.

1965 – Dino, Desi and Billy – Reprise R-6176 – “I’m A Fool”

Dino, Desi and Billy formed in 1964 – Dean Paul Martin (son of Dean Martin), Desi Arnaz, Jr., (Ricky and Lucy) and Billy Hinsche – all three grammar school mates in Hollywood, California.  Dean Paul Martin was killed while flying a military jet in 1987.  He was married to skater Dorothy Hamill at one time.  Their hit, “I’m a Fool” was recorded by Colorado’s Astronauts nearly a year before the reprise release.

1965 – The Dixie Cups – Red Bird 103 – “Iko Iko”

The Dixie Cups formed in New Orleans, Louisiana first as “Little Miss and the Muffets”.  Members were Barbara Ann Hawkins, Rosa Lee Hawkins and Joan Marie Johnson.

1963 – The Dixiebelles – Sound Stage 7 SSM 5000 – “Down at Papa Joes”

The Dixiebelles formed in 1963 and were all studio singers – members of Anita Kerr’s ensemble.  The ladies shown below were put together for touring purposes.  They were in fact members of a group called “The Charmers”.  Members of the touring group were Mary Hunt, Mildred Pratcher and Shirley Thomas.

1960 – Willie Dixon (with Memphis Slim) – Folkways FA 2385 – “Songs of Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon”

Willie Dixon was born in July of 1915 in Vicksburg, Mississippi William James Dixon – He died on January 29th, 1992 – Dixon worked with iconic rockers Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry

1965 – Doctor Ross – Testament T-2206 – “Call the Doctor”

Doctor Ross was born in October of 1925 in Tunica, Mississippi Charles Isaiah Ross – He died on May 28th, 1993 at age 67.

1966 – Don and the Goodtimes – Wand WDM 679 – “Where the Action Is!!”

Don and the Goodtimes formed in Portland, Oregon in 1964 – Original members were Don Gallucci who had been with “The Kingsmen”, Bobby Holden, Dave Child, Don McKinney.  Another Kingsmen member – Jack Ely – was with the group for a brief period of time.

1967 – Donnie & The Del Chords – Taurus T-1000 – “Sing Along with Donnie & The Del Chords & The Neons”

Donnie and the Del Chords were formed out of Brooklyn, New York in around 1961 – Members were Donnie Bartolomeo, Al Barbariano and Santo Barbariano.

1967 – The Doors – Elektra EK-74007 – “The Doors”

1962 – Lee Dorsey – Fury FULP 1002 – “Ya! Ya!”

Lee Dorsey was born in December of 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana Iriving Lee Dorsey – He died on December 1st, 1986.

Image result for lee dorsey ya ya lp

1965 – Jim Doval and The Gauchos – ABC-Paramount 506 – “The Gauchos Featuring Jim Doval”

Need information on The Gauchos)

1965 – Ronnie Dove – Diamond 5004 – “I’ll Make All Your Dreams Come True”

Ronnie Dove was born in September of 1935 in Herndon, Virginia – He started off with a group called “The Belltones” in 1959 – He hosted a one season local TV show in 1966.

1962 – The Dovells – Parkway 7021 – “Hully Gully”

The Dovells formed in 1957 as “The Brooktones” before becoming “The Dovells” out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Original members were Arnie Silver, Len Borisoff, Jerry Gross, Mike Freda and Jim Mealey.  Len Barry joined when they started cutting records replacing two members.

1961 – Joe Dowell – Smash MGS 27000 – “Wooden Heart”

Joe Dowell was born in January of 1940 in Bloomington, Indiana – His first record “Wooden Heart” sold over 3 million copies – The organ player on the record is none other than musician/comic Ray Stevens.

1962 – The Bobby Doyle Three – Columbia CL 1858 – “In a Most Unusual Way”

Not a rocking group but had to include it here – with Bobby Doyle and future First Edition leader and superstar Kenny Rogers.  Doyle also was with “Blood, Sweat and Tears” for a short time.  He died on July 30th. 2006.

1967 – Mike Doyle – Fleetwood FLP 3018 – “The Secrets of Surfing”

This is a narrated long play by Mike Doyle “World Champion Surfer 1965, 1966 and 1967

1967 – Gene Dozier & The Brotherhood – Minit 24010 – “Blues Power”

Gene Dozier was a staff member for Gamble and Huff Productions – He died in 2007.

1962 – Dr. Feelgood & The Interns – Okeh OKM 12101 – “Dr. Feelgood & The Interns”

Dr. Feelgood was Willie Lee Perryman (known as “Piano Red”) born in November of 1911 in Hampton, Georgia – He died on July 25th, 1985 at age 73.  Apparently the Interns were not a major fixture in the career of Dr. Feelgood.

1968 – Dr. John – Atco SD 33 270 – “Babylon”

Dr. John was born in November of 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana Malcolm John Rebennack  – Dr. John is a 2011 Inductee into the Rock Hall of Fame.

1968 – Dragonfly – Megaphone MS-102 – “Dragonfly”

This is a creation of Jerry Jimmerfield from Durango, Colorado who fronted a group called “The Lords Of London”.  This highly sought after LP most likely backed when recorded in Los Angeles by studio musicians.

1964 – The Dragsters – Wing MGW 12269 – “Hot Rod Hits”

One member of “The Dragsters” was Todd Novak – He was in a group called “The Schramms” much later on.  Earlier he was with a country band called “Ronald Koal and the Trillionaires”.

1963 – The Dreamlovers – Columbia CL 2020 – “The Bird and Other Golden Dancing Grooves”

The Dreamlovers formed in 1956 out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Early members were Morris Gardner, Don Hogan, James Dunn, Clifton Dunn, Tommy Ricks and Cleveland Hammock.  They were first known as “The Romancers” and then as a backing group for Chubby Checker “The Midnighters”.

1968 – Dreams & Illusions – Verve Forecast FTS 3040 – “Dreams and Illusions”

(Need information on this group)

Driftin’ Slim and His Blue Band – Milestone MSP 93004 – “Somebody Hoo-Doo’d The Hoo-Doo Man”

Driftin’ Slim was born in February of 1919 in Keo, Arkansas Elmon Mickie.  He died on September 15th, 1977.

1968 – The Druids of Stonehenge – UNI 73004 – “Creation”

The Druids of Stonehenge formed in 1965 in New York City – first called “The Druids” – Original lineup was Dave Budge, Carl Hauser, Billy Tracy, Tim Workman and Steve Tindall.

1961 – The Duals – Sue LP 2012 – “Stick Shift”

The Duals formed in 1961 in Los Angeles – Members were Henry Bellinger and Johnny Lagemann – Sonny Bono produced the hit version of “Stick Shift” – The duo failed to receive any royalties for their effort until 2004!

1962 – The Dubs – Josie JOZ 4001 – “The Dubs Meet The Shells”

The Dubs formed in 1956 in Harlem, New York.  Original members included Richard Blandon, Cleveland Still, Billy Carlisle, James Miller and Thomas Gardner.

1962 – Tommy Dugan & The Hot Rodders – Grand Prix K-417 – “Hot Rod Lincoln”

Members unknown – Charlie Ryan performers one track “Hot Rod Lincoln” – Ryan was born in December of 1915 in Graceville, Minnesota Charles Ryan – He died on February 16th, 2008 at age 92.  Ryan composed “Hot Rod Lincoln” which was recorded by many.

1965 – Patty Duke – United Artists UAS 6452 – “Don’t Just Stand There”

Patty Duke was born in December of 1946 – a first wave baby boomer – in Queens, New York Anna Marie Duke – She died on March 29th, 2016.  Patty won an Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1962 as a 16 year-old for portraying Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” and then hosted in a dual role “The Patty Duke Show”.

Champion Jack Dupree – Atlantic SD 8019 – “Blues From the Gutter”

Champion Jack Dupree was born in July of 1910 in New Orleans, Louisiana William Thomas Dupree. – He gained his nickname by becoming a Golden Gloves champion fighting in 107 bouts.


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