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The Deltones


Not to end up being confused with the English ska/reggae band using the same name, the Deltones were made up of 6 enlisted males stationed in the naval foundation in Whiting Field in Milton, FL, and something civilian. The group presented two lead performers, Wendell “Bee” Hall, who motivated comparisons with Friend Holly and Roy Orbison, and Jackie Morningstar (created Willie Morrell), the band’s just civilian, who performed rhythm acoustic guitar. New Jersey-born Wayne Smith offered a lot of the band’s sound along with his single-note Chet Atkins-influenced lead electric guitar melodies. The music group was curved out by tempo guitarist/history vocalist J. Pal Knowland, Jr., tenor saxophonist Jerry Veight, bassist Peter Haskell, and drummer Ray Solito, the only real member with prior musical knowledge. The band’s displays were frequently dominated by self-appointed supervisor Johnny Fraser, who apparently “hogged the mike” throughout their performances. Following Deltones’ disbanding, Haskell and Solito, who was simply known for his imitation of Jackie Wilson, continuing to interact within a trio.

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Parents Fern Monsour, James Monsour
Music Songs Get a Little Dirt on Your Hands, Come a Little Bit Closer, Hangin' Five, Mr Bass Man, She's My Baby, Rama Lama Ding Dong, Sitting in the Moonlight, Every Little Thing I Do, Billy's Rock and Roll, A Happy Pair, My Special Love, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Walkin' Along, Pretty Vacant, Surf City, Tell Me That You Care, Rock N Roll Will Stand, Land Of Beauty, Yes Indeed, Do You Wanna Dance, Walk Like a Man, Have a Little Talk With Myself, Burn Like A Rocket, Tonight We Love, Hit and Run Love, There's No Snow Here at Christmas Time, Lonely Boy, Little Darlin', White Cliffs Of Dover, Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover
Albums BopaDooWop, Harmony and Rock 'n' Roll that's Good For The Soul, Tickled Pink, Walk Like A Man, 20 Golden Greats, The Sunshine Club, Do You Wanna Dance (Digitally Remastered), Bop Til Ya Drop, The Big Four O, At Their Best, There's No Snow Here At Christmas Time
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series
TV Shows The Lawrence Welk Show, The True Meaning of Christmas Specials

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The Gentlemen of Titipu 1973 TV Movie voice
Rock 'n' Roll 1959 TV Movie



The Year My Voice Broke 1987 performer: "Get a little dirt on your hands"



In Melbourne Tonight 1969 TV Series Themselves
Bandstand 1963-1965 TV Series Themselves
The Golden Rock 1960 TV Movie Themselves

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Bandstand 1964 TV Series Themselves - Singers

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