One of the most popular recording duos of the time!
The California duo, Dick and Dee Dee, (Dick St. John and Mary Sperling) first met in junior high school in the late fifties. The duo lost track of each other until Dee Dee's first year at college when they both started working at See's Candies in Los Angeles. On their lunch breaks they discovered a mutual love of song writing and ended up collaborating on a song called, "I Want Someone." The flip side, The Mountain's High, became their first gold record, storming up the charts in summer of 1961. The song spent two weeks at the #2 position on the Billboard Hot 100. The Mountain's High reached the #37 position in the UK Singles Chart. Dick and Dee Dee played in the Los Angeles area for six months, backed by the new, upcoming surf band, The Beach Boys.
Throughout the Sixties, Dick and Dee Dee recorded a total of eight chart singles, five on which made the top 30 nationally, and five albums. Touring with most of the popular recording artists of the era, they traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, singing their biggest hits, The Mountain's High, Tell Me, Turn Around, Young and In Love and Thou Shalt Not Steal.
Dick and Dee Dee performed as semi-regulars on the hit television show, "Shindig" and in the original pilot for the television show, "Where the Action Is." The duo appeared numerous times on American Bandstand and in the movie, "Wild, Wild Winter." They made one Scopitone (similar to today's music videos), shot at Santa Monica pier.
In a London recording session in 1964, produced by Rolling Stones producer Andrew Oldham, the duo added their voices to several tracks with instruments and back up vocals by the Rolling Stones. The songs "Blue Turns to Grey" and "Something's Just Stick in You Mind," penned by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were Picks of the Week on Shindig, but never climbed the charts nationally.
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