[Ads-l] "The Danderliers"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 21 03:39:09 UTC 2015

This is the name of  '50'S R&B group. DJ's in The Lou, and everywhere else,
for that matter, back in the day, pronounced this name as a rhyme with "the
cavaliers." However, reading the work of one of the historians of R&B,
Marvin "Unca Marvy" Goldberg, I've discovered that the group's intention
was to name itself "The Dandelions." Unfortunately, The Man misheard this
as "the danduh-lie-uz" and simply made up a spelling off the top of his

The result was confusion that continues to this day, between this group and
another group that called itself "The Danleers"

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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