BOSTON (CBS) — The man whose voice you hear bellowing through Fenway Park each time the Red Sox win, is fighting a battle with Stage 4 cancer.
Dick Dodd, the lead singer of the band The Standells, is well-known in Red Sox nation for song “Dirty Water.”
The announcement was made on Dodd’s Facebook page.
According to the page, the cancer is in two places in Dodd’s brain as well as in his esophagus.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help with Dodd’s medical expenses.
“The doctors have found two places in Dick’s brain. Right now, they aren’t going to worry about it. The tumor in his esophagus will be treated with chemo directly into the tumor. He won’t be able to eat, so he will have a feeding tube. His spirits, however, remain upbeat. He is just glad to know what is wrong,” a post on Dodd’s Go Fund Me page said.
According to his Facebook page, Dodd, 68, says he is determined to perform once again.
Dodd, originally from California, joined The Standells in 1964 as their lead singer.
Dodd was former Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer “Dickie” and had been the original drummer for The Bel-Airs.
The song’s references to Boston are a recollection of bandmember Ed Cobb’s experiences with a mugger in Boston.
Dirty Water” reached Number 11 on the Billboard charts on June 11, 1966 but has lived on in Boston as an anthem for Red Sox nation.