Don & Dewey

Don & Dewey

Real Name:
Don Harris & Dewey Terry
Profile:
American rock and roll duo, comprising Don "Sugarcane" Harris (June 18, 1938 - 1999) and Dewey Terry (July 17, 1937 - May 11, 2003). Both were born and grew up in Pasadena, California.

In 1954, Dewey Terry was a founding member of a group called The Squires while still in high school. He was later joined by a friend, Don Bowman (who would later change his name to Harris). In 1955 the Squires released a record on the minor Los Angeles-based label Dig This Record. In 1957 the group broke up, but Don and Dewey remained together.

Later that year they were signed by Art Rupe's Specialty Records label and for the next two years produced rock and roll, Both Don and Dewey played guitar, with Dewey often doubling on keyboards. When not playing guitar or bass, Don occasionally played the electric violin, a skill for which he subsequently became well known under the name of "Sugarcane" Harris. Legendary drummer Earl Palmer played frequently on their sessions.

Although Don and Dewey did not have any hits of their own, several of the songs that they wrote and/or recorded would appear on the charts later, performed by other artists. "I'm Leaving It Up to You" became a #1 hit for Dale & Grace in 1963. "Farmer John" was a hit by The Premiers, reaching #19 in 1964 after having been covered The Searchers a year earlier. "Koko Joe" (written by the then Specialty Records producer Sonny Bono), "Justine" and "Big Boy Pete" were a staple for The Righteous Brothers for many years. (Indeed, it has frequently been noted that the early Righteous Brothers act was quite closely based on Don and Dewey's.) Finally, "Big Boy Pete" became a minor hit in 1960 for The Olympics, reaching #50 and a #4 hit for The Kingsmen when recorded with new lyrics as "The Jolly Green Giant" in 1965.
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Don & Dewey Discography

Singles & EPs

1000 Don & Dewey Miss Sue / My Heart Is Aching(7") Shade Records 1000 US 1956 Sell This Version
Don And Dewey* Jelly Bean / Leavin' It All Up To You Specialty US 1957 Sell This Version
Don And Dewey* Jungle Hop / A Little Love (Single) Specialty US 1957 Sell This Version
617 Don And Dewey* Just A Little Lovin'(7") Specialty 617 US 1957 Sell This Version
631 Don And Dewey* Bim Bam / Justine(7", Single) Specialty 631 US 1958 Sell This Version
639 Don And Dewey* Koko Joe / The Letter(7") Specialty 639 US 1958 Sell This Version
R-753 Don & Dewey The Letter / Koko Joe(Shellac, 10", Single) Regency (2) R-753 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
659 Don And Dewey And Their Band* Farmer John / Big Boy Pete(7", Mono) Specialty 659 US 1959 Sell This Version
45-101 Don And Dewey* Fiddlin' The Blues / Slummin'(7") Spot (5) 45-101 US 1959 Sell This Version
3018 Don & Dewey Little Sally Walker / Kill Me(7", Single) Fidelity (3) 3018 US 1960 Sell This Version
Don & Dewey Don't Ever Leave Me (Don't Make Me Cry) Rush Records (12) US 1962 Sell This Version
Don And Dewey* Get Your Hat / Annie Lee Specialty UK 1964 Sell This Version
Don And Dewy* Soul Motion / Stretchin' Out (Single) Rush Records (12) UK 1967 Sell This Version
SON 5004 Don & Dewey Justine / Farmer John(7", Single, Mono, RE) Specialty SON 5004 UK 1973 Sell This Version
2C 006-94160 Don & Dewey Koko Joe / Justine(7", Single) Specialty, EMI 2C 006-94160 France 1973 Sell This Version

Compilations

Don & Dewey They're Rockin' 'Til Midnight, Rollin' 'Til Dawn! (Comp, Album) Specialty Japan 1970 Sell This Version
VS-2012 Don & Dewey Vs Larry Williams (3) Don & Dewey Vs Larry Williams (3) - Don & Dewey Vs Larry Williams(10", Comp, Mono, Ltd) Specialty VS-2012 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
CH 151 Don & Dewey Bim Bam(LP, Comp, Mono) Ace CH 151 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SPBX-4 Don & Dewey Don and Dewey Specialty Hits(6x7", Col + Comp, Ltd) Specialty SPBX-4 US 1986 Sell This Version
Don & Dewey Jungle Hop (Comp) Ace UK 1991 Sell This Version