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As Red Sox Nation loves that ‘Dirty Water,’ Standells singer Dick Dodd battles Stage 4 cancer


Seconds after the final out of last night’s World Series-clinching Game 6, the Red Sox celebrated on the field as “Dirty Water” by the Standells blared out across Fenway Park. It was a sing-along for nearly 40,000 people, belting out one of the most iconic songs in Boston history.

But few at Fenway — or celebrating around the city — may know that the Standells’ frontman, Dick Dodd, is battling Stage 4 cancer. The 68-year-old was released from the hospital on Tuesday and now begins out-patient treatments of chemotherapy and radiation this week. On October 23, this message was posted on Dodd’s Facebook fan page:

For those that have not heard, Dick has been hospitalized with stage four cancer of the esophagus, spleen, liver and spine. He is undergoing treatment, fighting the disease and determined to perform again. You may help Dick by donating and leaving your thoughts here. More info as it becomes available. Dick thanks everyone and sends his love.


On October 22, a Go Fund Me page was created by Peggi Collins to help offset the 68-year-old’s medical expenses. So far it has raised $1,890 of its goal of $100,000.

Dick Dodd, drummer, first as a Mouseketeer “Dickie,” later, in the Surf Band Eddie and the Showmen, famous for the hit Mr. Moto, later still, in the band The Standells. Dick was the lead singer on the hit song Dirty Water…still played at the end of every home game win at Fenway Park. Unfortunately, Dick has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Dick will be incurring tremendous expenses, well into six figures as a result of his treatment. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

In addition to providing the soundtrack to Fenway Park (sorry Neil Diamond), “Dirty Water” is cited in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”