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  • Topic: Dick Dodd of The Standells Diagnosed With Stage Four Cancer.

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    • November 2, 2013 7:47 PM CDT
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      Dick Dodd , legendary Lead Singer and Drummer for The Standells , has been diagnosed with Stage Four Cancer. Available reports were somewhat conflicting.

      He is reported as having Spinal , Liver, Spleen and Esophogeal Cancer , though a spokesman retracted the statement about the latter. He was also reported to have two tumors to the brain , though treatment on that will be put on hold , as other factors have impaired his ability to eat. Combined , the reports strongly suggest that all of these reports , barring the Esophogeal Cancer , are true.  Surely , more information will be made available in a matter of days. Dodd told the press that he is determined to perform again.

      Dodd had recently rejoined The Standells , whose current lineup includes founder/Keyboardist , Larry Tamblyn , "Try It " era Bassist and founding member of Love , John Fleckenstein ,and special guest Guitarist , Johnny Echols from Love. However , his rapid departure caused some low - key controversy. I don't know the whole story behind that , so I won't get into it here. More information on how you can donate to Dodd's medical fund , or just send him an encouraging message can be found on Dodd's Face Book , and elsewhere.    Dick Dodd enterred showbiz in the 50's on "The Mickey Mouse Club" (His Father was Jimmy Dodd , co - host of the program.). He drumed for classic Surf groups , The Bel - Aires and Eddie and The Showmen , and joined The Standells (In'64?) , appearing on TV SHOWS LIKe "tHE bING cROSBY sHOW" , "bEN cASEY" , AND , OF COURSE "The Munsters"  . tHEY ALSO APPEARED IN THE MOVIES , "Zebra in The Kitchen" , "Get Yourself a College Girl" , and teh Teen-Drug Exploitation fave , "Riot on Sunset Strip".

      IN 1966 , THE BAND BUSTED WIDE OPEN WITH "DIRTY WATER" , FOLLOWED BY LESSER HITS LIKE "SOMETIMES GOOD GUYS DON'T WEAR WHITE" AND "TRY IT".

      They split up in 1968 or '69 , though future Little Feat leader , Lowell George would briefly join the band in Dodd's absence , and a later comeback attempt was made in the early 70's , with only Tamblyn and Guitarist , Tony Valentino in tow. The two would try to reform the group , again , in the early 80's , briefly bringing Dickie back into the fold. The classic "Dirty Water" lineup played at the Super 60's Festival in 1986 , WITH lOVE , sKY saxon , Eric Burdon , Spirit and others ,  and the band would turn up off and on into the new millineum.  In 1999 , Valentino , Tamblyn and Dodd played a triumphant set at The Cave Stomp in New York , doubly impressive , as they had to follow an astonishing set by the monks. Both bands took the prize that night , if for totally different reasons.  Dickie also fronted Joshua in  the early 70's , who , despite a wretchedly Hippie - sounding name , released one LP , of Latin - tinged Hard Rock , not thoroughly removed from The Garage. He's performed Soul - flavored Rock under his own name and as The Dodd Squad since THE 80'S.

       

      Think a good thought for the man. We all owe him a debt.

    • November 16, 2013 2:10 AM CST
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      This is sad and makes me angry because CANCER SUCKS AND I FUCKING HATE IT. So sorry to have read this news when it hit FUBook. I wish him healing and sending good thoughts his way -- a legend.

    • November 16, 2013 2:36 AM CST
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      Thanks , Melissa. I don't write this stuff to make myself look good. I THOUGHT THIS THREAD WOULD HAVE BEEN FLOODED , BY NOW , yes , but not to make myself feel better. As a GARAGE PUNK FAN , THE NEWS MADE ME FEEL LOUSY. We can only hope he's getting the best care available. Dick Dodd and The Standells were the state of the art mid-60's Garage band. The one most people think about when considering the genre. We've lost some of the true greats in the last few years......

    • November 16, 2013 11:02 AM CST
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      Really sorry to hear this.  Dodd and the Standells are true legends who inspired us and many others.

       

      Our hearts are with him and his family.

       

      THEE DIRTYBEATS - maximum vintage garage

      http://www.theedirtybeats.com

       

    • November 27, 2013 9:48 PM CST
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      Sad news. Sorry to hear about this.

       

      Kind, thoughtful previous posts. 

    • November 27, 2013 10:35 PM CST
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      THANK YOU. Sometimes , I feel like people don't know how consequential this is.......I had , very early on , the understanding that , as DonWaller put it ,"The Standells Were THEE Punk Band of The Sixties" , and , arguably , the American Rolling Stones , known as much for their defiant stance , one of individuality moreso than affected arrogance.....Something that made them , somehow , even more Stones-like . "We piss anywhere , man.".

    • December 1, 2013 2:07 PM CST
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      Real shame, just when he was getting back with the band. Dick, & The Standells were/are great. They were, & will continue to be, a great inspiration.

    • December 1, 2013 4:48 PM CST
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      DeadBeat Combo , Thank you. I don't really know what happened. I heard some things from people associated with The Standells , about why Dickie had left The Standells almost as quickly as he'd rejoined them. Nothing scandalous , of course.  But , it does'nt make any difference , now. He must have been diagnosed shortly after rejoining the band , which was , what? 6 or 8 months ago , and that must have necessitated his decision. 

       

      I was lucky , I saw THEE Standells , TONY , DICK AND LARRY , IN '99 ,  and they were on FIRE. I met Dick , briefly , he was really cool.

    • December 5, 2013 12:43 PM CST
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      R.I.P. Dick Dodd

    • December 5, 2013 1:18 PM CST
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      Damn.  The guy is a true legend.

       

      RIP, Dick Dodd.  May your garage ever burn brightly.

       

      THEE DIRTYBEATS - maximum vintage garage

      http://www.theedirtybeats.com

       

    • December 5, 2013 1:24 PM CST
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      The Angry Breed ,    Somepeople may not recognize this as is the longer , superior , version of "Rari" , which was included in Sundazed's great 4 CD  reissue series.....Which , incidentally , does'nt get much feedback , since it came out almost 20 years ago , though it does'nt seem so long ago , now.  It has , collectively , tens of bonus tracks , inc. "Poor Man's Prison" , also recorded by Gene Vincent , "Misty Lane" also recorded by you - know who , and one of the best versions of "Batman" , ever , just for a start. Thanks for putting that up.

    • December 6, 2013 4:28 AM CST
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      Yeah, "Rari" has always been one of my very favorite Standells tracks. Check out some really inspired singing and drumming from Dick Dodd in this clip shot at the 1999 Cavestomp.

       

    • December 6, 2013 3:26 PM CST
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      YEAH ! FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW , THAT WHOLE SHOW IS ON YOU TUBE , ONE SONG AT A TIME.

      DICKIE STILL HAD THOSE GREAT DRUM FLOURISHES FROM PLAYING IN THE REFORMED EDDIE AND THE SHOWMEN , BEL - AIRS , ETC.....

      HIS VOICE SOUNDS SO POWERFUL . HE OPTED OUT OF THE PREVIOUS STANDELLS ' REUNION (MID - LATE 80's) BECAUSE HE OPTED TO

      DO SOUL - ROCK MUSIC WITH THE DODD SQUAD. I FOUND OUT , HE HAD A WEDNESDAY NIGHT ENGAGEMENT AT THIS SHITHOLE BAR NEAR MY BROTHER'S PLACE , WHEN HE LIVED ON LAGUNA BEACH. I MET DODD ,BRIEFLY , AT THIS SHOW (above) , THE CAVESTOMP IN '99 ,  AND I TOLD HIM , I WOULD HAVE GONE TO SEE HIM AT THAT BAR , BUT THAT WEDNESDAY WHEN I WAS THERE WAS CHRISTMAS ! I THINK , DOING SOUL MUSIC , THOUGH , WAS GOOD FOR HIS "ROCK" VOICE. REAL SINGERS GET BETTER WITH AGE.   

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