|"Thou Shalt Not Steal"|
|Single by Dick and Dee Dee|
|from the album Thou Shalt Not Steal|
|B-side||"Just 'Round the River Bend"|
|Released|| October 1964 (US)|
November 13, 1964 (UK)
|Songwriter(s)||John D. Loudermilk|
|Producer(s)||Don Ralke, The Wilder Brothers|
|Dick and Dee Dee singles chronology|
"Thou Shalt Not Steal" is a song written by John D. Loudermilk and performed by Dick and Dee Dee. It reached #13 on the Billboard chart in 1964.The song was also released in the United Kingdom as a single, but it did not chart. The song was featured on their 1965 album, Thou Shalt Not Steal.
John D. Loudermilk Jr. was an American singer and songwriter. Although he had his own recording career during the 1950s and 1960s, he was primarily known as a songwriter. His best-known songs include "Indian Reservation", a 1968 UK cover by Don Fardon and a 1971 U.S. No.1 hit for Paul Revere & the Raiders; "Ebony Eyes", a 1961 U.K. No.1 and U.S. No.8 for the Everly Brothers; "Tobacco Road", a 1964 Top 20 hit in both the U.S. and the U.K. for the Nashville Teens; "This Little Bird", a U.K. No.6 for Marianne Faithfull in 1965, and "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", a U.S. Top Ten hit in 1967 for the Casinos and also a U.S. No.1 country hit for Eddy Arnold the following year.
Dick and Dee Dee is an American singer-songwriter duo that reached popularity in the early to mid-1960s. The group was founded by California classmates Mary Sperling and Richard Gosting. They eventually changed their names to Deedee Sperling and Dick St. John. They had their first hit in 1961 when "The Mountain's High" reached No. 2 on the Billboard 100. They toured with the Beach Boys and opened for the Rolling Stones during the Stones' 1964 tour of California. Regulars on the show Shindig!, the duo had multiple hit songs before St. John and Sperling disbanded in 1969. In the 1980s, St. John toured with his wife, Sandy. Dick St. John died on December 27, 2003, after a fall at his home. Dee Dee Phelps began performing with actor/singer Michael Dunn as Dick and Dee Dee in 2008, appearing in large doo wop and rock and roll shows throughout the United States.
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The song was produced by Don Ralke and The Wilder Brothers.
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