The Three D’s

Way back even before the Osmonds met Andy Williams, before Gladys Knight met the missionaries, before Senator Orrin Hatch started making music as well as laws, before almost every current big name in Mormon music except the Tabernacle Choir, there were three guys chugging around America in a pickup truck and camper singing pop and folk songs, telling jokes, bearing their testimonies in word and song to whomever would listen and closing their shows with “Give Said the Little Stream.” They were The Three D’s, Dick Davis, Denis Sorenson, and Duane Hiatt.

(For a brief explanation about the origins of the name ‘The Three D’s’, click this link.)

Eventually the “Little Stream” would trickle down to Hollywood California and become their first release on Capitol Records. While the little stream didn’t become a raging torrent, it and other recordings gave them a nice cruise including other releases from Capitol, concert tours throughout the United States, Canada, and the Far East, television appearances and even a movie theme.

The Three D’s had a blend like brothers, or more accurately brethren. Their wholesome shows were refreshing. Their arrangements were distinctive and much of their material was original including an album of classic poetry set to Dick’s music. They also did concerts of Mormon folk songs, musical/dramatic/humorous shows based on The Book of Mormon, The Old Testament, American history, and the cultural scene of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. The little stream flowed into college concerts, and appearances with Bob Hope, Jonathan Winters, Bob Newhart and other headliners of that restless era in American history and entertainment.

As their families grew in size and numbers, The Three D’s closed their careers as traveling entertainers and went into business and the academic world. They still do solo and sometimes duo performances and they write and compose.

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