Singer Apologizes for Lip Syncing and Walking Off Stage Forty Years Ago

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Disc jockey carries negative memory of aborted rock concert performance after reading just released book, Vinyl Highway, about the Sixties recording act Dick and Dee Dee.

After reading a review in the LA Radio People website of a new book by Dee Dee Phelps, "Vinyl Highway," singing as Dick and Dee Dee in the Sixties, former KRLC disc jockey Larry Huffman fired back a scathing reply. Adding his own memory to Dee Dee's memoir recollections, Huffman claimed Dick and Dee Dee went on stage in Clarkston, Washington in 1965 and lip-synced their song. After the fans realized they weren't singing live and began booing, Dick ordered Dee Dee off the stage and the duo never returned. A similar story appears in "Vinyl Highway." However, in the book Dee Dee claims the audience was told about Dick's throat surgery and the reason for lip syncing their songs.

Hufman's story prompted a flurry of written responses, mostly in support of Dick and Dee Dee. Los Angeles television personality Lloyd Thaxton said, "Dick and Dee Dee were always great Lloyd Thaxton guests."

Mr. Rock and Roll, K-Earth disc jockey Brian Beirne supported Dick St. John, calling him generous, kind and giving as a performer as well as a person. However, former Krlaer Jeffrey Leonard claimed Dick and Dee Dee lip-synced at a 1965 performance at Cleveland High School in Reseda, California. Although Dick St. John passed away in 2003, Dee Dee Phelps set the record straight in a written response to the article posted in LA Radio People. She stated it was possible the incident Huffman wrote about did occur. She wished she could remember the specifics of the event. However, she did apologize to Larry for any part she played in walking off stage and requested he contact her through the Dick and Dee Dee official website so she could send him a copy of her book (http://www.dickanddeedee.com).

Dee Dee went on to thank and honor all the great Los Angeles disc jockeys from the early Sixties that transformed the city with their innovative shows and support for local record artists, especially Dave Hull, Sam Riddle, Bob Eubanks, Gene Weed, Wink Martindale, Casey Kasum, Reb Foster, Jimmy O'Neill and numerous others. Without them, she claimed, there would be no top forty radio as we know it today.

Vinyl Highway is a narrative non fiction memoir, published by Trafford Publishing, also available through the Dick and Dee Dee website.

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