Working backwards, yes, they did record
"The Chimes of Freedom" and it was on
their "I'm a Fool" album (Reprise RS6176)
and the B-side of their single "Not the
Loving Kind" (Reprise 0401). The album
had eleven tracks, four of them Bob Dylan
songs including that one.
They were an actual band, just three school
friends like millions of others at the time
trying to be like The Beatles or whatever
other group(s) they admired. Two of them
just happened to have famous musician fathers
who got them an audition with Sinatra (the
cited story is a bit of a PR exaggeration).
While, as was true for many other bands
recording in L.A. in those days, they did
not play their own instruments on their
recordings, they did play them live and were
the opening act for numerous big-name pop
groups at the time.
After DD&B ran their course Hinsche made
a career as a musician, frequently
recording and touring with The Beach Boys
(who had invited him to join the group but
he declined in order to go to college) and
recording with many other artists including
Elton John and Joan Jett.
IIRC Desi Arnaz Jr was featured on his
parents' show playing drums at an early
age, though he later focused his career
on acting more than music. Likewise Dean
Paul Martin became first a professional
tennis player and then an actor; an Air
National Guard pilot, he died in a plane
crash on a training mission in 1987. His
brother Ricci joined Arnaz and Hinsche for
a regrouping of DD&B (called RD&B) in
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Anyone know how much of a true band Dino, Desi & Billy ever were?
I mean, were they just an artistic-input step or two ahead of being a sort of Milli Vinnili of the '60s
(with serious L.A. session guys patching all their musical holes), or did the trio actually inherit
real talent from their showbiz fathers?
And is there any truth to the story about Francis Albert being over at Dino's house one day, overheard
them rehearsing, and decided to afford them an opening-of-Hollywood-doors that only The Chairman of the
Board could swing? (Or perhaps that was just some PR guy's cute idea for an album's liner notes, which
is where I read the supposed anecdote.)
And didn't DD&B record "The Chimes of Freedom" at one point--or was that just some nightmare I survived?