Randall L. Dalton, 1949 – 2016 #DoBlue

Len Davidson, Randy Dalton & Diane Keller 2016

Randy Dalton, flanked by fellow Divers Len Davidson & Diane Keller, from our 2016 group photo courtesy of Diver George Bilyk


We regret to announce that beloved Dumpster Divers member, Randy Dalton passed away on February 5th, following a stroke.

He was a tireless champion of Philly artists, actively encouraging them to work together to Do Blue, rather than be blue about the obstacles and limitations they encountered.

Randy best exemplified this enthusiasm as an Artist in Residence at the Philadelphia Community Education Center. Here he created the Blue Grotto, a constantly morphing installation of blue lights and objects, many of which were displayed throughout the region, that showcased his mission to both be creative and inspire creativity in others.

As a fitting tribute, the Blue Grotto will remain open and continue to be a source of creative inspiration, thanks to the support of the CEC.


Here are the obituaries from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com and University City Review.


Randy Dalton’s Dumpster Diver 20th Anniversary Speech (April, 2012)
video courtesy of Diver Burnell Yow


Randy & Dumpster Diver George Felice had countless discussions about The Fleetwood’sMr. Blue,” so George began working on a compilation CD, dedicated to Randy, of DooWop songs with “Blue” in the title. He managed to gather the songs but wasn’t able to give the collection to Randy before he passed.

George found versions of the songs on YouTube and we would like to share them with you, as a way to remember, honor and mourn our blue friend.”


The Fleetwoods: Mr Blue


For Randy: Do Blue DooWop

Lee Andrews & The Hearts:
Bluebird of Happiness
The Shirelles:
Blue Holiday
The Echoes:
Baby Blue
The Blue Notes:
Blue Star
The Elegants:
Little Boy Blue (Is Blue No More)
The Jades:
So Blue
The Solitaires:
Blue Valentine
The Strangers:
Blue Flowers
The Pretenders:
Blue & Lonely
Three Vales:
Blue Lights Down Low
Bobby Lester & The Moonglows:
Blue Velvet
Eddie Saxon with The Paramounts:
Blues No More
The Marcels:
Blue Moon
The SchoolBoys:
Ding a Ling Coo Coo Mop


Fats Domino: Blue Monday



Randy Dalton at Destination Frankfort, 2014

Randy Dalton, with a mini version of his Blue Grotto installation, at Destination Frankfort (2014)
Photo courtesy of fellow Diver, Dave Christopher

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