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  • The Delta Daddios

    Hope I got the spelling right.

    Anyone catch this new act in NOS? (EDIT: Okay, not new. Somehow I've managed to miss them for several years. I'm guessing I've been visiting an alternate-reality version of Disneyland all this time and accidentally stumbled into the real one yesterday.)

    We stumbled upon them today, and they rocked our socks off.

    They're an acapella vocal act similar to soul groups of the 50's and 60's like The Platters, The Four Tops, etc. They sing soul standards in four-part harmony, such as 'Stand By Me', 'Higher And Higher', 'The Way You Do The Thing You Do', and a variety of other famous hits.

    I know there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth when the NOS entertainers were sent packing en masse, but if this is a sign of things to come, we're in good hands.

    They're four guys, all in their late 40's thru early 60's if I'm any judge. They were all dressed in lightweight cotton shirt/pant combos, mardi gras beads, and matching black hats. They took turns singing lead, and all of them are just stunning singers. I told the fellow (I'm bad at noticing names, which is terribly frustrating) who sang lead on Stand By Me that when he sang, it sounded like Sam Cooke had come back to life.

    They were all great entertainers, very personable, and incredibly sweet to everyone. (My wife got hugs after her serenade.) I also love the name. If you look close, you'll see the idea...the Delta Daddios...sound familiar? Another four-man acapella act maybe? Since, literally, the Delta Daddios are the mid-60's evolution of the exact same art form as the Dapper Dans, it's only appropriate that the name match as well.

    Caught the end of a show, an entire show, and the beginning of a third. Big crowds at all, lots of participation. The guys are excellent at involving people and getting people in on the act. It was great seeing all kinds of people getting into it. People in their 80's, little tiny kids, all different races, even a couple of emo types and at least two old-school headbangers (one of whom -may- have been me).

    I have pictures on the camera of the act performing and of them serenading my wife with Happy Birthday (much to her chagrin...and once they saw she was blushing, they went from the traditional version to a soul version, so she got it TWICE!). I'll load those up in this thread later. They performed in front of the Cafe Orleans outdoor seating, at the main entrance to NOS (across from the Royal St. Veranda). WELL worth hanging out for, especially to sing along with something I haven't heard in years, a very special finale where you MUST remember the magic words: DONALD DUCK!
    Last edited by Mr. Dark; 09-25-2006, 12:53 PM.
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    They truly a really great group to watch. You're right though they do just have this certain great charm and personality about them. I've yet to see them singing without drawing people in although throwing out free beads is always a great way to gather crowds, lol

    BTW, the Delta Daddios are not new. They may be permanent now but they are not new. I have a few pictures of them from this past July...

    http://www.mouseinfo.com/index.php?p...dldeltadaddios
    Last edited by dlfreak; 09-24-2006, 11:57 PM.
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    • #3
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      Originally posted by dlfreak View Post
      They truly a really great group to watch. You're right though they do just have this certain great charm and personality about them. I've yet to see them singing without drawing people in although throwing out free beads is always a great way to gather crowds, lol

      BTW, the Delta Daddios are not new. They may be permanent now but they are not new. I have a few pictures of them from this past July...

      http://www.mouseinfo.com/index.php?p...dldeltadaddios
      Today, they didn't throw beads at all, so that part of the show may be done.

      They aren't new? Yeah, that's possible, now that I think about it. I was blocked out all summer, only went back once on August 28th for Bat's Day and never came close to NOS that day. I don't think we've been back since, my wife had been ill. They definitely weren't around before this summer, though, right? (If not, how the hell did I miss them?)

      But yeah, today people were flocking, and there were no beads in play. It brought a smile to my face to pass a guy (40's, white guy, fanny pack even) shouting at his wife down by the Pirates entrance: 'Honey, get over here, quick...you gotta hear these guys sing!'

      The way they work the crowd into 'Stand By Me' and 'The Way You Do The Things You Do', finding ways to make people feel special, is just genius. Telling a mother 'stand by him' and pointing to her child, dancing at her feet, is just bound to make her (and everyone within view) mist up a little. Making the rounds with high-fives and handshakes for young and old alike, making eye contact and connecting with people, I was just knocked out by these guys. I really enjoy the new Dans and their show, and they are great guys as well as great performers, but the Daddios are just a real cut above in my book. I hope they -are- permanent, and I hope they enjoy many long years of success. As I told one of them before we left, they -will- see us again, many times.
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      • #4
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        Whatever happened to New Orleans Square depicting the port city as she was in the 1700's and 1800's?

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        • #5
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          These guys are very cool and alot of fun to watch. They were around last Spring, possibly earlier. I wonder if they are alternating with the instrumental quintet that used to play on the corner by the Pirate shop. They threw beads last Spring, but maybe they were costing too much and have cut back. Their set seems to be mainly doo-wop/R&B stuff from the 50's and 60's, which, to me, fits in to the NOS vibe very well. I'm not sure why, as it seems it would be better suited for "Detroit Square", but given that you hear just about everything on a trip to New Orleans, I thought they fit into the theme and sounded great. I'd LOVE to hear some Zydeco though. When my wife and I visited New Orleans a few years back, we heard Zydeco EVERYWHERE up and down Bourbon Street and around the French Quarter.

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          • #6
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            They were there last December. They sang happy birthday to my daughter during one performance and serenaded my daughters and me during another performance.

            They didn't throw out necklaces, but handed them out. There was an older guy (not a CM?) making snowflakes out of necklaces, so they were pretty chunky. They put about ten on my daughter on her bday, so she was loaded down. Very sweet.

            They're amazing, extremely personable and talented. We saw two full performances in two days, and we don't usually take the time to do that.

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            • #7
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              Unless I am thinking of another group that matches the description in the op they were there way back in November of 2004.

              They were great.
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              • #8
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                I was doubting it was the same group last week when someone posted about them, but I asked my husband who the guys were from last December, because he actually talked to them for quite a while after one of the shows and he said they were called the "Delta Daddy-os."

                They're a little different from the guys who threw out the necklaces a few years ago (I know the guys you're thinking of of, sleepyjeff), a little more subdued, more harmonized, less theatrical. I remember the other group had a really energetic front man who tossed out those necklaces--they performed on that plateau area in NOS. I got hit with a necklace once walking to Splash Mountain. :lol:

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                • #9
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                  Is this the group? This pic is about 3 years old.

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                  • #10
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                    Ok..that's the group I am thinking of Druggas. I specifically remember the guy 2nd from the left...he was very funny
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                    • #11
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                      This sounds like a fabulous group to be made permanent. I love a capella music. I love atmosphere music.

                      I am so missing DLR right now. :: sigh ::
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                      • #12
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                        Live music at DL is always good, but these guys make it great!

                        Hope they stay a long time.
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                        • #13
                          Re: The Delta Daddios

                          Originally posted by Mr. Dark View Post
                          They definitely weren't around before this summer, though, right? (If not, how the hell did I miss them?)
                          No I'm pretty sure they have been around for several years. They have just never been a permanent group like the Dapper Dans. I always remember seeing their name on the Times Guide one week and then not the next.
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                          If I become a bum people are going to say "Don't give him money, he's just gonna use it on Disneyland."
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                          With all this talk of "off the shelf" and "on the back-burner" it seems the only thing that DCA is really missing is the kitchen sink!

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                          • #14
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                            They have been around in one form or another for the past three years. They always go by the "Delta Daddios", and used to wear all black, although Friday they were in all red:

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                            • #15
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                              I'm just surprised I have managed to miss them the entire time they've been there, even if they're only there occasionally. We tend to spend most of our time in NOS when we're at the parks (French Market, Pirates, Mansion, Le Bat En Rouge, the least-busy pin store in DL) so yeah, I'm shocked I hadn't run into them before.

                              Oh well, so much for that theory. I'll still post the pictures later on.
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                              • #16
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                                Originally posted by Druggas View Post
                                Is this the group? This pic is about 3 years old.

                                And don't ignore poor Hal over there on the piano...

                                That's the Golden Horseshow Variety Show costume with the vest and string tie, which dates roughly when the picture was taken and what was going on. And judging from the hand-written sign on the easel, this was at the end of Dana's (and Luigi's) GHVS show.

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                                Last edited by Bruce Bergman; 09-25-2006, 01:08 PM. Reason: Oh, is that Dana's hand and arm (black frock coat) over there on the right, behind the singer in the herringbone shirt? Missed that the first time.
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                                • #17
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                                  ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

                                  Good eye. That photo was taken on the last day of the Variety Show.

                                  Hal and Dana are still 2 of my favorites.
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