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Dean Cannon: Vocals

Genre: Pop, Rock, Surf

RIYL: 13th Floor Elevators, Brain Police, Gravedigger V, Stone Country, Dunn & McCashen

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Background:

The Deep Six were a 1960s folk rock, sunshine pop and psychedelic band most remembered for their self-titled album released in 1966 on Liberty Records.

The group started as a folk trio in San Diego California, later expanding into full electric band fronted by Miss Dean Cannon. They did a seventeen-week stint as the house band at the Land of Oden, a folk club located in La Mesa, co-owned by their co-manager, Ken Mansfield.

They released a single for Liberty Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, featuring the song "Rising Sun" on which Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield) played guitar. Despite appearing on TV shows like American Bandstand (1965) and Where the Action Is (1966), the band's subsequent album and singles failed to chart.

Original member Dave Gray departed and was replaced by Barry Kane (New Christy Minstrels, Barry McGuire). After the group split, manager Ken Mansfield became an executive at Capitol Records and would become the first U.S. manager for the Beatles' Apple label in 1968.

Bass player Dann Lottermoser joined Stone Country, a country rock band which recorded an album for RCA. Guitarist Don Dunn teamed up with Tony McCashen to record two albums for Capitol Records as Dunn & McCashen. Their song "Lydia Purple" was covered by the Paupers and others.

In 2003, their self-titled The Deep Six album was reissued on CD by Rev-Ola Records, featuring five bonus tracks.

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Guitarist Don Dunn later made two albums with Tony McCashen under the name Dunn & McCashen for Capital Records, penning the song "Lydia Purple," that The Paupers covered (among others). More career info can be found at: http://www.mtv.com/artists/don-dunn/

Aug. 14, 2016

Back in '66 I was working at Disneyland in the same area where Deep Six was playing. I was able to listen to two sets a night for 6 nights. Now, 53 years later, I'm still listening to their cd. They were a great group that, for some reason, was underappreciated.

July 8, 2019

Agree with the above. In 1966, in Perth, Australia (which is a city very much like San Diego), Rising Sun became a much played and popular single on local radio but Liberty Records chose not to release it for sale in Australia. The same applied to their next single, the Bob Lind song, Counting, which also received a lot of air time. I believe the Deep Six's version of that song is the best ever recorded. I think the group was short changed by Liberty Records lack of global distribution of their material. Fortunately I manged to obtain from the US a demo copy of Rising Sun on the original Sawman label together with copies of their other four singles (including Image of a Girl) and their album. Fifty four years later I still play them all regularly. A talented and underappreciated rock folk group of the sixties who deserved international success. A compilation of most of their material was made available, subsequently, on CD.

May 17, 2020

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