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In Cookbook, the Eat Goes On : Greatest-hits recipes from mostly vintage rockers make up this illustrated collection. Signing will take place Saturday in Brea.

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October 07, 1993|DENNIS McLELLAN | TIMES STAFF WRITER

It sounds scrumptious--at least if you're a bleary-eyed rocker.

It's Alice Cooper's "Tuna Fish Malted for Hangovers": 1 can tuna fish, 2 scoops pistachio ice cream, 4 ounces cream. Blend. Drink. Go back to bed.

That actually might make a good chaser for Little Richard's "Good Golly, It's Southern Homemade Brunswick Stew." Or James Brown's "So Good, So Good, Creamed Corn." Or Bobby Lewis' "Tossin' and Turnin' All Night Thinkin' About Stuffed Calves Hearts."

They're among 105 recipes in "The Rock & Roll Cookbook: Favorite Recipes from the Chart Toppers, Hit Makers and Legends of Rock and Roll" by Dick and Sandy St. John (remember Dick & Dee Dee?) and rock writer Pamela Des Barres, author of "I'm With the Band."

The St. Johns and Des Barres will sign copies of the illustrated book (General Publishing; $14.99) from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Super Crown in Brea, 391 State College Blvd.

They'll be be joined by a gaggle of vintage rock 'n' roll stars, who will autograph their recipe pages: Jan and Dean, Paul and Paula, Tommy Sands, Freddy (Boom Boom) Cannon, Carol Connors of the Teddy Bears, and Rosie Hamlin of Rosie and the Originals.

"These are our buddies," said Sandy St. John, explaining that they are either personal friends or have appeared together on the oldies-but-goodies concert circuit.

The St. Johns, who have maintained careers as songwriters, periodically hit the road to reprise their string of early '60s Dick & Dee Dee hits: "The Mountain's High," "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Turn Around" and "Young and in Love."

In fact, Sandy said in a dual phone interview with Dick from their Pacific Palisades home this week that she got the idea for the cookbook while on tour.

"We were watching things that people would eat on the road and that kind of gave me the idea," she said.

Added Dick: "She had had the idea (for a book), but we needed a cause. Just writing a rock 'n' roll cookbook wouldn't mean much."

Indeed, all proceeds from the book will benefit the National Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to build a National Music Center on a donated 63-acre estate in Lenox, Mass.

The foundation was begun by singer Joey Dee after his pal, soul singer Jackie Wilson, died penniless after suffering a stroke a few years ago. Dick said Wilson's song "catalogue was generating millions of dollars and he wasn't being paid any of the money."

Dick Clark, who paid for Wilson's hospital and funeral costs, is chairman of the foundation's board of directors and wrote the introduction to the cookbook.

As the St. Johns explained, the National Music Center will include a performing arts center, museum, music library and mentor programs, in addition to a residence where professionals from music, radio and recording can retire and share their musical knowledge with students. Ground-breaking is expected sometime next year.

"We're in the process of having a (retirement) home, the same as the motion picture industry has," Dick said. "They've always taken care of the people in the motion picture industry. The music industry has never done anything like this."

And, Sandy said, "so many people in '50s and '60s were never paid properly. A lot of people were ripped off, never (adequately) paid for the songs they wrote or the hit records they had."

But back to the book. Sandy said it is not just a cookbook: "It's really a history of rock 'n' roll," with profiles of the singers--ranging from Fabian to Cher to Michael Jackson--and accompanied by more than 200 photos.

So, did the St. Johns taste test all the recipes?

"We didn't test the ones that had meat because we're vegetarians," admitted Dick, adding that a "chef-connoisseur" who has worked with many Los Angeles restaurants did taste all the recipes.

But, the St. Johns said, they did try many of them.

"Jimmie Rodgers' 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine Cake,' that's \o7 very \f7 good," said Sandy, acknowledging that some of the titles "are ridiculous."

"We tried to name them after their hit songs like Brian Hyland's 'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenies With Yellow Peppers and Zucchinis.' And we have the Angels' 'My Boyfriend's Back 'Cause He Loves My Mocha Cheesecake.' "

And did they get around to trying Alice Cooper's "Tuna Fish Malt," which Cooper swears is the best thing to drink after an all-night drinking binge?

Responded Dick & Dee Dee in perfect harmony: "NO!"

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