Results for - 'dells, 'dels, and Dells, Musically

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Here's a survey based on the names of a couple of acts I heard on oldies radio one recent weekend, and a couple others of whom I was then reminded.

1. After the late 1950's-early '60's vogue for instrumental surf music, with its "wet" guitar tones summoning board-poised wave riders,, Southern California rock & roll briefly latched onto hot rods and souped-up motocycles for inspiration. From this environment came The Hondells, but their recording career lasted into the early 1970's.career. Since their first and biggest hit was "Little Honda," do you think their name derived from the brand of motorbike about which they sang?

Yes, I would suppose so.
27%
592 votes
Yes, and I have proof of its derivation (which I'll post in a comment)
4%
86 votes
Uncertain/Uncaring
45%
992 votes
No
24%
530 votes

2. Bill Deal & The Rhondels (or Rhondells or...; it's varied through the years!) formed in the mid-1960s in Virginia Beach to make the kind of danceable soul popular at coastal nightspots in the Southern U.S., known among its followers and record collectors as beach music. Though their run of hits ran from the late '60's to the early '70's, they're still actively recording and playing shows. With all that history behind them, do you think an explanation of what exactly a Rhondel is can be found on their website?

No (because I figured this is a rhetorical question)
19%
427 votes
Unsure/Uninterested
73%
1,616 votes
Yes (because this may not be a rhetorical question)
7%
157 votes

3. Rhyming with The Hondells and The Rhondels is The Shondells, as in Tommy James &... . The Michigander band amassed an impressive run of big singles in the latter half of the '60's before James went solo. James renamed his band from The Tornados to The Shondells in honor of a pop vocalist he admired, the late Troy Shondell (born Gary Schelton). Would you be honored were someone to name a successful band after you?

Yes
22%
484 votes
How successful and/or what style of band?!
15%
340 votes
Uncertain
39%
858 votes
No
24%
518 votes

4. The Dells predate any of the other groups mentioned in this survey, starting in 1952 and hitting with their first r & b-to-pop crossover biggie in 1956 with "Oh What A Night." The vocal group's longevity brought them through changes in African-American popular music preceding doo wop and surpassing disco. But before they changed their name to The Dells, they were known as The El-Rays. Which name to do you prefer?

The Dells
23%
507 votes
The El-Rays
7%
162 votes
Both about equally
21%
464 votes
Neither
24%
528 votes
i'd rather not commit brainpower to that decision/ Don't care
25%
539 votes

5. Either from previously hearing them &/or what you may have experienced in this survey, which of above four acts' music do you like?

The Dells
10%
220 votes
Tommy James & The Shondells
24%
530 votes
Bill Deal & The Rhondels
6%
137 votes
The Hondells
6%
138 votes
All
13%
280 votes
Not Applicable
50%
1,107 votes
05/13/2022 Music 2238 20 By: jlrake
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