Dick 'Daddy' Zempel

  • Tenor Saxophone: Selmer Mark VI Paris
  • Baritone Saxophone: King Tempo Keilworth
  • Microphone: Shure SM-57
The Dogtown Horns -- with Kevin Rauscher

From a family of accomplished musicians with Chicago Symphony, Chicago Radio credits, Chicago Hotel Ballroom Big Bands of the 1930s, an LA songwriter/guitarist brother on a minor hit in 1968 'Sunshine Girl' and songwriter for Johnny Cash and another older brother who played classical lute and guitar around the SF Bay area.

Founder of The Benders and founding sax player of The Dogtown Horns, with Kevin Rauscher, on trumpet, flugelhorn, collaborating since 1984. The Benders with The Dogtown Horns in concert with Buddy Guy at The Dub Club. 2+ years and many shows as The Dogtown Horns and fulltime members of Mama's Pride former Atlantic Records artists appearing at The Pageant for Annual Christmas Concert, KSHE-FM Hall of Fame Induction Concert, Opening for Molly Hatchet at St. Louis Union Station, and in concert with Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band at Riverport Amphitheatre St. Louis and Sandstone Amphitheater in Kansas City. Mama's Pride Induction into KSHE-FM Hall of Fame concert at The Pageant.

Regular guest sax player with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Johnnie Johnson and His Magnificent Five.

Band member/Sax and record producer for David Lee and the House Rockers.
'What Would it Take?' Gavin Radio Report Up & Coming Single National Charts for 16 weeks in 1988, and used in the soundtrack of the Susan Sarandon movie - White Palace. In concert at Mississippi Nights with The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Skeletons, Supe & The Sandwiches, and at Westport Playhouse for The Marshall Tucker Band.

Tenor and Bari sax with Oliver Sain Revue and Oliver Sains St. Louis R&B All Stars with Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure, Ike Turners Ikettes. with Kevin Rauscher and credited as The Benders Horn Section at Mississippi Nights.

Guest sax with Multi-Grammy winners Asleep At The Wheel at The Palomino, LA, and as The Dogtown Horns and Asleep at the Wheel at the Casa Loma Ballroom and the Chase Park Plaza Hotel Khorassan Room.

St. Louis V.P. Fourth of July Fair as The Dogtown Horns with Mama's Pride and with The Choice on The Lacledes Landing Stage.

On Saxes and writer/producer of The Benders, Premier Studios/Tony Bongiovi recording of 'Thick and Thin' on sax and producer of David Lee and The House Rockers 'What Would It Take?' Gavin National Radio Report - Hot Up & Coming Single for 16 weeks in 1988, and on soundtrack of the Susan Sarandon movie, 'White Palace'.

Tenor and Bari saxes and as The Dogtown Horns (with Kevin Rauscher) on several songs for Buffalo Bob and The Bedroom Blues album 'Living On The Edge'.

Horn arranger and saxes as The Dogtown Horns on International release and radio play 'Come Back' by Kingdom Brothers. Eight years appearances with International Blues Challenge Finalists, Kingdom Brothers including Belleville Wine and Jazz Festival, Wildwood BBQ Bash Festival.

Horn Arranger, multi- sax player and producer on Smooth Talkin Perverts Album CD: 'SHOW ME'. Songs 'The Groovemind', 'The Big Time', 'Brainmatter', 'In My Mind' and 'Fallacy'.

Special Woodstock Anniversary weekend 'GOVESTOCK' at The Atomic Cowboy as The Dogtown Horns for 2 shows with Max's Farm Band covering Joe Cocker, The Band, and as The Funky Dragons tribute to Sly & The Family Stone.

Sax guest appearances with Nick & Ruhle & Abbey Waterworth in Springfield MO and members of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

Multi-Sax player band member, producer, horn arranger and father of Smooth Talkin Perverts hard rock band with Graham Zempel, Jack Zempel and Joe Zempel, many hard rock club concerts and punk/hard rock Barn-Fest festivals.

Wife, Liz, is a popular jazz and R&B and musical theatre actress and cabaret style singer who has made many appearances with the old man and The Dogtown Horns, The Benders and she makes regular appearances with our east-side associates, Skylark Brothers, a classic rock cover band ,with whom we played The Wildey Theatre, The City of Edwardsville Fourth of July Celebration twice, and many other Skylark shows.

One-time special contemporary jazz group, 'Sitting Dux' formed as special opening act for renowned bassist, Stu Hamm World Tour show at FUBAR. Tenor saxophone with guitarist and son, Graham Zempel.

Day job for 40 years as ad agency Creative Director, writer and producer making TV and Radio Campaigns for Budweiser, Bud Light, Jack Daniels, Southwestern Bell, Phillips 66, Skittles Candy, and more; also responsible for most of the brands music production which included many great studios and legendary artists.

Thinking about an Oingo Boingo Tribute Band.