Standells drummer and lead singer Dick Dodd, best known for the band's 1966 hit "Dirty Water," died of cancer on Friday (November 29th) at the age of 68 in Orange County, California. The Los Angeles Times reported that Dodd kicked off his professional career at age nine as a "Mouseketeer" on The Mickey Mouse Club, before joining the Bel-Airs, who scored a 1961 hit with the surf instrumental, "Mr. Moto." After the Bel-Airs split, he went on to join Eddie & The Showmen, before attaining fame with the Standells. Dodd was also featured as a dancer in the 1963 musical, Bye Bye Birdie.
In July 1966, "Dirty Water" peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1966, and with its references to the Boston Strangler as well as the line, "Boston, you're my home," the garage rock anthem became a future mainstay at Boston Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriots games.
- The Standells were also remembered for appearing on The Munsters and performing the Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand." The band went on to score minor hits with "Riot On Sunset Strip," "Why Pick On Me?," and "Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White."
- Dodd, who performed with the Standells up through this year, was also a limousine driver. He is survived by his second wife Janet and his daughter Nicole.
CHECK IT OUT: The Standells in 1965 performing "I Want To Hold Your Hand" on The Munsters:
CHECK IT OUT: The Standells in 1966 performing "Dirty Water":
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