Dick St. John, half of the Dick & Dee Dee duo, whose 1961 hit "The Mountain's High" made No. 2 on the Billboard pop singles chart, has died. He was 63.
St. John died Saturday morning at UCLA Medical Center, according to Judith Capps, a family friend.
Capps said St. John died from injuries he sustained after falling from a ladder outside his Pacific Palisades home on Friday.
St. John, born Richard Gosting in Santa Monica, began performing with his friend Mary Sperling in junior high. With St. John as the chief songwriter, the two soon attracted the attention of Liberty Records in Los Angeles, then one of the hottest independent record labels in the country.
St. John and Sperling, who was quickly renamed "Dee Dee" by the label, joined an eclectic roster that ranged from early rock 'n' roll to country music and included such stars as Willie Nelson, June Carter, Bobby Vee, Johnny Burnette, The Rivingtons and Jan and Dean.