The Dartells

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s

Biography

Formed in 1962 in Oxnard, California, USA, this sextet scored with one big instrumental hit in the spring of 1963, ‘Hot Pastrami’. The group comprised vocalist/bass player Doug Phillips, guitarist Dick Burns (1943, Woodbine, Iowa, USA, d. 5 November 2007, Camarillo, California, USA), saxophonists Rich Peil and Corky Wilkie, drummer Gary Peeler and organist Randy Ray. ‘Hot Pastrami’, although credited to Phillips, was actually a nearly exact copy of the earlier hit ‘Mashed Potatoes’ by Nat Kendricks And The Swans. Originally recorded by the Dartells in 1962 for Arlen Records, the larger Dot Records took on the single after the Pastrami dance took off. The single then climbed to number 11 nationally. Only one other record by the band, ‘Dance, Everybody, Dance’, charted and the group disbanded. Phillips continued to record with other bands until the early 70s.

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