The Escorts / The Do's & the Don'ts

1997 - Band

Members: Dick Sherman, Zelda Sherman, Roger Booth, and Dick Burns


The Escorts, Eastern Iowa's Representative into IRRHOF in 1997, included Dick and Zelda Sherman, (Bass guitar and keyboards respectively), Roger Booth (drums) and Dick Burns (lead guitar), started in 1959.

They were one of the first full time rock groups to form in Eastern Iowa and the first one in the state to feature a female keyboard player in what was mostly an all male business.

The Escorts are probably the only group in the HOF's opening class that can lay claim to having their first official date as playing in the store window for the grand opening of a Montgomery Wards store.

They didn't stay long in the Ward's window as the Escorts quickly became Eastern Iowa's number 1 touring, and recording rock attraction.

In 1966 they were signed to New York's Red Bird Records and quickly came out with "I wonder" which entered Billboard's National charts in July of 1966. It was with the release of this disc that the group had a name change to the Do's and Don'ts at the urging of the record company.

Over the years they won many awards including in 1965 & 1966 Iowa's Best Dressed Band and appeared with such groups as Sam the Sham, The Four Seasons, Tommy James & the Shondells, The Everly Brothers, Dickie Lee, and Gary Lewis & The Playboys.

In all The Escorts/Do's & Don'ts released eleven records during their career, the most by any Iowa rock group during the 50's to 70's.

The group still performs, Dick Burns passed away in 1984.


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