Dr. T. & The Undertakers

dr-t-the-undertakersFrom: Florida, USA

Dr. T & The Undertakers formed in early 1965 in Florida. Original band members included Tony Asci, aka Dr. T. (keyboards, lead vocals), Sal Gonzales (lead guitar), Bob Barbara (rhythm guitar), Bob Usherson (bass) and Jerry Johnson (drums, vocals). Gonzales and Usherson left the band in mid-1966 and were replaced with Bob Jabo (lead guitar, vocals) and Louie Rodriguez (bass). The band remained active until mid-1967.

Things started in the latter part of 1964 when Asci met a bunch of guys that were in a band, struggling to gain any traction. They had a drummer, rhythm guitarist and a brass section, and were looking to add a keyboardist. After playing with the band for a brief period, Asci suggested to Johnson and Barbara that “if you guys want to get serious at all then I suggest you lose the brass and we’ll go from there.” That is when things really began.

Asci took on the “Dr. T” moniker once the band was completed. The band was gathering for practice one night and Asci came in with a black bag that he used to carry microphones and cords in. Barbara made a comment of how Asci looked like a Doctor with that bag. “Just call me Dr. T.” said Asci, and the name stuck. The Undertakers was added, taking from an English Group by the same name who wore black capes and rode English bikes to their gigs.

Dr. T. & The Undertakers recorded three songs, which got quite a bit of airplay on WFUN and WQAM. They did okay locally, but ultimately didn’t amount to much of anything.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1966 single Target T-101

  • Blue, Blue Feeling