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Dee Dee Sharp

Sep 30, 2018

Teen Icon & Philly's First Lady of Soul & Gospel


Philadephia's first lady of soul Dee Dee Sharp was launched into stardom at 17 years old with her number one smash, "Mashed Potatoes Time." A regular guest on Dick Clark's American Bandstand; she appeared on the syndicated teen dance show many times from 1962 to 1981. The first black female teen idol, Sharp also became a fixture on Clark's Caravan of Stars tours, and a familiar face in the popular 16 Magazine.

Dee Dee played on sessions with Lloyd Price, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Jackie Wilson, and Chubby Checker. Lady luck helped when her vocals were added to Chubby Checker's "Slow Twistin'" (1962) making it a duet.

Other hits followed: "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)," "Ride," "Do the Bird," "Wild," "Willyam, Willyam," "Never Pick a Pretty Boy," "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" (duet with Ben E. King), and "I Really Love You" in 1965 -- Sharp's first R&B record.

In additions to her music career, she appeared on TV and in films including Desperately Seeking Susan, Don't Knock the Twist, Hairspray, Sister Act, and Troop Beverly Hills.