Although Dick Derry’s catchy, pop-rock tunes show the influence of artists like Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Supergrass, and Cheap Trick, no band has had more influence on him than The Beatles, “no other band has the combination of beautiful, unforgettable melodies and great lyrics like they do,” says Derry “other artists have their moments, but none with a track record like The Beatles.” Derry was 6 when he heard his first Beatles record. This began an obsession with the band, and later a desire to write pop/rock tunes in the same vein. Although Derry is quick to point out he has had other artists influence him too, “I’m a huge Elvis Presley fan. I also love the big British bands, The Stones, The Who, Zeppelin. People like Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, and Steely Dan also had a big influence on my writing.”


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