The Del-Lords

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The Del-Lords
OriginBronx, New York, United States
GenresRoots rock, Rock and roll
Years active1982–1990, 2008–present
LabelsEnigma, EMI America, Restless, Megaforce
Associated actsThe Dictators
MembersEric "Roscoe" Ambel
Scott Kempner
Frank Funaro
Steve Almaas
Past membersManny Caiati

The Del-Lords are an American rock and roll band that formed in New York City in 1982,[1] founded by The Dictators' guitarist Scott Kempner. The band combined elements of 1960s garage rock with country, blues, and folk influences to become one of the initial progenitors of urban-roots-rock. The band members were: Scott Kempner, Manny Caiati, Eric Ambel, and Frank Funaro.


Though praised by critics as one of the best rock bands of the 1980s,[citation needed] the group was derailed by label mismanagement and a Catch-22 situation at radio. Modeled on British bands of the 1960s that used several singers – The Kinks, Beatles, The Who - Kempner's vision was to create an act featuring four singers, that some said was like an "East Coast Beach Boys".[2]

The band took its name from Del Lord, director of many early Three Stooges shorts.[3] The four Del-Lords studio albums, released between 1984 and 1990 – Frontier Days, Johnny Comes Marching Home, Based on a True Story and Lovers Who Wander – were released on CD in 2008 by the American Beat label.

Twenty-six years after they began, The Del-Lords began work on new recordings. They released their work in progress, Under Construction EP of rough mixes on their website on March 9, 2010. Their first four albums were re-released by Collector’s Choice-American Beat with bonus tracks and expanded liner notes.

In February 2010, The Del-Lords played their first live gigs in 20 years, starting with two unannounced gigs in the northeast USA. They played a house concert in Rhode Island, and a sneak show at the Lakeside Lounge in New York before embarking on a seven city tour of Spain.[4]

On May 14, 2013, Elvis Club, a brand-new full-length album, was released on the Megaforce label.


Studio albums[edit]


  • Under Construction (2010)

Compilation albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]


  • "Get Tough" / "Pledge of Love" (1985, EMI America)
  • "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live" (1985, EMI America)
  • "Get Tough" (1986, EMI America)
  • "True Love" (1986, EMI America)
  • "Soldier's Home" (1986, EMI America)
  • "Heaven" (1986, EMI America)
  • "Cheyenne" (1989, Enigma)
  • "Poem of the River" (1989, Enigma)


  1. ^ Cocks, Jay; L., Elizabeth. Music: Where the Lifeline Is. Time. August 4, 1986. Retrieved November 9, 2010
  2. ^ [1] Archived September 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Eric Ambel, interviewed on The Americana Music Show, episode 141, released May 27, 2013
  4. ^ "CRACKER - Tour Dates". 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2012-08-19.

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