Daddy Dewdrop

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Daddy Dewdrop is a pseudonym for American songwriter Richard "Dick" Monda (born 1940, Cleveland, Ohio, United States).

Monda's family re-located from Ohio to California in the mid-1940s. He and his sister performed in Vaudeville and shows around Hollywood. As a child Monda appeared in the films The Glass Wall and Go for Broke. At thirteen he was chosen to play Eddie Cantor as a boy in the film The Eddie Cantor Story, in which he performed six songs including dance routines. At sixteen he had a featured role in The Midnight Story.

He began song writing as a young man and received a degree in mathematics.

His first production with Moonglow was "Don't Do it Some More", by "The Cindermen", credited under the pen name "Daddy Dewdrop". After Moonglow, he signed with Four Star Music publishing co. where he stayed for seven years. Most of his recorded song occurred during this period. He was signed to Verve Records as an artist and recorded his first album, Truth, Lies, Magic and Faith.

Two years later after producing music for the Saturday morning cartoon series, Sabrina and the Groovy Goolies he released the song "Chick-A-Boom" was originally written for the show.[1] Monda put together a backup band of studio musicians, including Tom Hensley, who later became the musical director for Neil Diamond, and Butch Rillera, who later became a member of the group Redbone, and recorded a version of the song, retitled "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)". The tune, which was distributed by Sunflower Records, became a top ten hit in the United States, peaking on the Billboard Pop Singles chart at #9 in 1971, and #3 on Cashbox.[2] Other charted records include "Fox Huntin' on the Weekend", "Chantilly Lace" and after a change of labels to "Inphasion Records" he had another chart record, "Na Nu, Na nu, (I wanna funky wit you)" and, "The Real Thing".

He appeared in several underground films including, The Michael Girard directed Troma films, Oversexed Rug Suckers from Mars, Body Parts and the indie film, The Artichokes.


  1. ^ "Daddy Dewdrop biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000

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