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Introduction to Gerry Granahan aka “Dicky Do’s and Dont’s”

Gerry GranahanShort career summary on Gerry Granahan

Gerry Granahan (born in 1932 in Pennsylvania) is a 50s music-era singer-songwriter and record producer who recorded under the name “Dicky Do’s and the Don’ts” during the 50s music scene. He started his career as radio disc jockey and announcer. Then he did demo recordings submitted to Elvis Presley, simply because he sounded so much like the King. When he launched his solo career, he released a few singles on Atlantic that went unnoticed. So he recorded (under an alias) his first hit “No Chemise Please,” released on Sunbeam Records. Granahan’s next four singles vanished without a trace, but then he came up with another song that he was certain to be a hit called “Click Clack.” Swan Records wanted to release it and its ward Dick Clark would give the song some ladder as he was the host of American Bandstand. Granahan, already having contracts with both Atlantic and Sunbeam, must figure out a way so that Swan could sign him up and release his newest song. Thus the then-fictional act Dicky Doo and the Don’ts was born. Swan released “Click Clack” in February 1958 and it peaked at #28 on the pop chart. Granahan then recruited other musicians – bassist Harvey Davis, saxophonist Al Ways, guitarist Ray Gangi and drummer Dave Alldred – just for the sake of public appearances that Dicky Doo and the Dont’s was a real band. The band then was signed to United Artists label where they remained until the mid-1960s. After Dicky Do and the Don’ts, Granahan continued his work as a music producer. He also held positions as vice president of Dot Records and Paramount Records.

 

Early years

Gerald Granahan, popularly known as Gerry Granahan is an American singer, songwriter and record producer who popularized the song “Click Clack” as Dicky Doo and the Don’ts during in the late 1950’s. Granahan was born on April 20, 1932 in Pittston, Pennsylvania. During his teens, he became a radio announcer and a disc jockey at a local AM station, WPTS.

 

Music career

Granahan possessed a singing voice that was like Elvis Presley’s since he really idolized The King and tried to sound like him. In 1957, he was signed to Atlantic Records. There, he was introduced as a rockabilly artist with the pseudonym Jerry Grant. He issued a record on Atlantic but it didn’t become a success. Shortly after that, he released another record on Mark Records which also had the same fate as his debut release on Atlantic.

 

 

Granahan moved to Sunbeam Records in 1958 where he hooked up with publisher Tommy Volando, the owner of the new label. On Sunbeam, Granahan released the single “No Chemise Please.”  It became Granahan’s first hit which reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. Granahan later released four singles from Sunbeam but they all flopped.

 

 

After a series of failure releases, Granahan and friend Dave Aldred (drummer of The Rhythm Orchids) came up with the song called “Click Clack” in late 1957. He sent a demo to American Bandstand host Dick Clark and later to Tony Mammarella, who had just started his own label, Swan Records. Since Granahan couldn’t use his own name to record for Swan, the “Click Clack” was issued under his alias Dicky Doo & the Don’ts. “Click Clack” became a hit, peaking at #28 on the Top 40. Throughout Dicky Doo and The Don’ts’ (or Granahan’s) career, he continued to release singles which charted modestly.  Granahan recruited other musicians – bassist Harvey Davis, saxophonist Al Ways, guitarist Ray Gangi and drummer Dave Alldred – just for the sake of public appearances that Dicky Doo and the Dont’s was a real band.

Later in his career, Granahan became active as a record producer and worked with artists such as The Fireflies, The Angels, Patty Duke, and Jay & The Americans. During the late 1960’s, he also served as vice president of Dot Records and Paramount Records. Up to this day, Granahan  still performs from time to time as Dicky Doo and the Don’ts Featuring Gerry Granahan.

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