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Richard Delvy
Birth: Apr. 20, 1942
Connecticut, USA
Death: Feb. 6, 2010
West Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Musician, Producer. Born Richard Delvecchio, he relocated to Southern California in the 1950s and became the drummer for the Bel-Airs, one of the pioneer bands of the surf-rock craze. The band had a regional hit with the instrumental "Mr. Moto" (1961), for which Delvy purchased the copyright; it would later be covered by the Ventures, Pyramids, Beach Boys, and Dick Dale. In 1963 he formed the Challengers and produced the group's debut album "Surfbeat", which helped solidify the popularity of surf music. He also acquired copyrights to other surf songs, most lucratively the Surfaris' classic "Wipe Out", which hit number 2 on Billboard in 1963 and has remained a top 100 Billboard hit ever since. During the late 1960s and early 1970s he was a producer on albums by The Chambers Brothers and The Outsiders, and made musical contributions to the TV cartoon series "The Archies", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" and "The Groovy Ghoulies". In the later years he served in executive roles at MGM Music, Carousel Records and Bell Records and was musical director on tours by Tony Orlando & Dawn and David Cassidy. He also owned Miraleste Music publishing company. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Feb 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48064687
Richard Delvy
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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