The Fantastic Dee-Jays

Fantastic Dee-Jays, TheFrom: McKeesport, PA, USA

The Fantastic Dee-Jays were originally known as the Larks and consisted of Tom Junecko (drums), Dick Newton (guitar, vocals), and Denny Nicholson (guitar, vocals). The band released a number of singles in the mid-60s, including “Love Is So Tough,” a nice piece of pop garage rock. The band reached their high point in 1965 when they got to open for the Rolling Stones. An unreleased 1966 track, “Shy Girl,” eventually turned up on the Pittsburgh radio-show compilation album Terry Lee Show WMCK. Bob Hocko (drums, vocals) would eventually replace Junecko, and the Fantastic Dee-Jays released their self titled album on the Stone label in 1966. After five singles and an album, the Fantastic Dee-Jays disbanded and evolved into the Swamp Rats, an even heavier garage band.

Artist information sources include: Fuzz, Acid & Flowers by Vernon Joynson and an article by Richie Unterberger at

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1966 single Stone 44


  • Love Is Tuff


  • T&C Lancers Shoes (Full Song)