Dee Dee Phelps & Deke Detanna – Dick & Dee Dee

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deedee phelps on phoneDick and Dee Dee (or Dick and Deedee) is an American singer-songwriter duo that reached popularity in the early to mid-1960s. The group was originally founded by California classmates Mary Sperling and Richard Gosting. They eventually changed their names to Deedee Sperling (currently Dee Dee Phelps) and Dick St. John. They had their first hit in 1961 when “The Mountain’s High” reached No. 2 on the Billboard 100.  They toured with The Beach Boys and opened for the Rolling Stones during the Stones’ 1964 tour of California.  Regulars on the show Shindig!, the duo had multiple hit songs before St. John and Sperling disbanded in 1969. Dick St. John died on December 27, 2003.  In 2006, Dee Dee Phelps published Vinyl Highway, Singing as Dick and Dee Dee in the Sixties, and in 2008 she teamed with actor/singer Michael Dunn to again revive the classic Dick and Dee Dee songs on stage, appearing in large Doo Wop and Rock and Roll shows throughout the United States. In 2013, Michael left the group to live in Indonesia for a period of time and Dee Dee is now singing with Deke Detanna, lead singer of Deke and the Blazers.

IMG_1303The original duo had eight other singles chart with a total of five reaching the Top 30. Their other hits included “Tell Me” (1962), “Young and in Love” (1963), “Turn Around” in 1964 (co-written with Harry Belafonte), and “Thou Shalt Not Steal” (their second-biggest hit, reaching No. 13 in 1965, which included a special picture sleeve issue promoting Triumph Motorcycles). After their last hit “Thou Shalt Not Steal”, they remained regulars on Jack Good’s television show Shindig! Dick and Dee Dee also appeared in the motion picture, Wild, Wild Winter, singing a song in a mountain chalet called, Heartbeats (now on Youtube).

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