Dick Dodd is one of the most persuasive and recognizable voices in the classic American rock ’n’ roll pantheon.
Lead singer and drummer of mid-’60s Hollywood rockers the Standells, his declarative, sneering vocals on big-beat staples “Dirty Water,” “Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White” and “Riot on the Sunset Strip” established an electrifying new type of hard modern rock. When Dodd takes the stage at Burbank's Joe's Great American Bar on Sunday night, he'll not only bring all of that momentous rebel spirit, but also an impressive trove of show business experience that he'd accrued even before joining the Standells at age 18.
The lifelong Redondo Beach resident was a child prodigy whose talents as a dancer and singer landed him in Burbank in mid-1955 as one of the original Mickey Mouse Club's Mouseketeers.
“I was nine,” Dodd says. “We didn't have a car, so we had to leave at 5 in the morning to be at the studio at 8 o'clock. It was a long trip, and we took the bus five days a week. On the ride home, I'd do my homework and take a nap and then get up the next day and do it all over again. I bought my first snare drum from Annette [Funicello] and she had bought it from Cubby [O'Brien] — I paid I think 25 bucks.”