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Dennis DeYoung

Background information
Birth name Dennis DeYoung
Born February 18, 1947 (1947-02-18) (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Instrument(s) Vocals
Keyboards
Accordion
Years active 1962-present
Associated
acts
Styx
Website http://www.dennisdeyoung.com/

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Early life

Growing up in the Roseland neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, DeYoung's career as a vocalist started in 1963 at the age of 16 when he teamed up with his 15 year old neighbors, Chuck and John Panozzo, in a three-piece combo. The trio later added guitarist James Young and John Curulewski to form the band Tradewinds in the late 1960s. The band renamed itself TW4 in 1968 before becoming Styx in 1970. Roseland, located on the far south side of the city, is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Chuck Panozzo is a bass player. ... John Anthony Panozzo (September 20, 1947 - July 16, 1996) was the drummer for the American rock band Styx. ... James J.Y. Young (born 14 November 1949, on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois) is a guitarist and member of the rock band, Styx. ... John Curulewski was a former guitarist of Styx, working with the band for their first five albums. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


On January 18, 1970, DeYoung married his longtime sweetheart, Suzanne Feusi, to whom he is still married. The couple have two children, Carrie Ann and Matthew. Unlike many musical families, the growing family toured together throughout DeYoung's career in order to provide stability for the couple's young children.[1] January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


Before the band met with success, DeYoung spent time as an elementary school teacher in the southern suburbs of Chicago, where he taught music at Springfield School in Midlothian, Illinois. During this period, the band played a number of small venues and school auditoriums refining their craft before the song "Lady" propelled them to national then international stardom. Incorporated Village in 1927. ...


Tenure with Styx

Within Styx, DeYoung acted as lead vocalist, keyboardist, accordion player, producer, and writer of many of the band's songs and almost all of the band's hits. A self-taught keyboardist, who had to work to learn to play the bass notes on a keyboard with his left hand because accordion players use their left hand only to press buttons, DeYoung quickly became one of the most notable keyboardists in rock. Featured on the cover of the January 1981 issue of Contemporary Keyboard magazine (a story that was reprinted in Contemporary Keyboard's book on the greatest rock keyboardists), DeYoung described how he'd never played an acoustic piano until the recording session for 1972's "Lady", recording the track for 1979's "Babe" in a friend's basement on a Rhodes electric piano he'd never touched before, and the odd feeling of switching back to playing accordion for the song "Boat On The River" and discovering how small the keys felt to his fingers after years of playing electric organs and pianos.[2] 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ...


As a keyboardist in Styx, DeYoung was best remembered for his prominent lead synthesizer solos performed on the Oberheim synthesizer that dominated the mix with a unique tone, a key element of the Styx sound. DeYoung was an early user and pioneer of the use of synthesizers in rock and roll. Influenced by the recent release of Emerson Lake & Palmer's first album, DeYoung — a novice synthesizer player at the time — used a modular Moog to record the keyboard tracks for the first Styx album. This album featured a rock version of "Fanfare for the Common Man", more than 5 years before ELP came up with a similar idea of recording this classical composition as a rock band featuring the synthesizer that would later become one of ELP's best known recordings. Oberheim Electronics is a company, founded in 1973 by Tom Oberheim (a former design engineer at Maestro), which manufactured audio synthesizers and a variety of other electronic musical instruments. ... ELP can also stand for Extra Long Play, a format for the VCR tape. ...


DeYoung's songs often had a grandiose style to them in the tradition of 1970s theatrical rock, which heavily influenced the group's direction in the late 1970s, culminating in the concept albums Paradise Theatre (1981) and Kilroy Was Here (1983). The dissent of some members in the band during Kilroy brought tensions between the group's members over the future direction of the band, leading to lead guitarist Tommy Shaw's departure in 1984. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Paradise Theatre is a concept album released by the rock band Styx in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kilroy Was Here is a rock opera/concept album by the rock band Styx. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tommy Shaw Tommy Roland Shaw (born September 11, 1953) is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the classic rock band Styx. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1990, Styx (minus Tommy Shaw, who was replaced by guitarist Glen Burtnik) returned to the studio for the album Edge Of The Century. "Show Me the Way," a track written by DeYoung for his son Matthew, received extensive radio play, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (Styx's 8th top 10 single, and 7th written and sung by DeYoung) particularly after a number of radio stations mixed it with voice tracks of parents headed off to fight in the first Persian Gulf War. The group toured North America extensively before A&M Records (which had just merged with PolyGram Records) dropped the group from its roster in 1992; the group broke up again shortly afterwards. MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Born Glenn Burtnick on April 8, 1955, the youngest of three brothers, he was forced at an early age by his brothers into singing harmonies with them. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... See also: 2003 invasion of Iraq and Gulf War (disambiguation) C Company, 1st Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment, 1st UK Armoured Division The Persian Gulf War was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of 34 nations led by the United States. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Styx reunited once more in 1995, this time including Shaw but minus a terminally ill John Panozzo (who died a short time later in July 1996), and recorded a new version of the DeYoung-penned "Lady" for their 1995 Styx Greatest Hits album. The group toured in 1996 and 1997, and returned to the recording studio in 1998 to begin work on Brave New World, their first studio album in nearly a decade. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The first Greatest Hits album by Styx released in 1995. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ...


Dismissal from Styx

Just as Styx was starting to regain the momentum stalled by their 1984 breakup, DeYoung was diagnosed in mid-1998 with a chronic fatigue syndrome-type illness that affected his trigeminal nerve. As the condition was aggravated by bright lights, DeYoung did not feel able to commit to a tour to support the Brave New World album. Tommy Shaw and James Young, already frustrated by a desire to focus on harder rock music instead of the art-rock/pop style DeYoung favored, used the illness to force DeYoung out of the group in mid-1999. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS), and various other names, is a syndrome (or group of syndromes) of unknown and possibly multiple etiologies, affecting the central nervous system (CNS) and possibly the immune system as well as other organs. ... The trigeminal nerve is the fifth (V) cranial nerve, and carries sensory information from most of the face, as well as motor supply to the muscles of mastication (the muscles enabling chewing), tensor tympani (in the middle ear), and other muscles in the floor of the mouth, such as the... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


A lawsuit between DeYoung and his former bandmates was settled in 2001, with the group being allowed to keep the name "Styx" and DeYoung being allowed to use the name in descriptive phrases such as "the music of Styx" or "formerly of Styx" (but not "the voice of Styx").[3] 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Life after Styx

In February 2000, DeYoung was approached to put on a concert featuring his many songs from Styx, as well as his solo works and his 1997 stage musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with an orchestra. The show, performed at the Rosemont Theatre in DeYoung's hometown of Chicago, was a family affair for DeYoung; his wife, Suzanne, and sister-in-law, Dawn Marie Feusi, sang backup, his daughter, Carrie Ann, was in charge of publicity, while his son, Matthew, designed the stage lighting. The concert was well-received and formed the basis for a touring version of the show, and eventually a 2004 album, The Music of Styx - Live with Symphony Orchestra. 2000 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December This is a timeline for events in February, 2000. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rosemont Theatre is a concert hall in Rosemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Healthy once again, DeYoung returned to touring North America with a 50-piece orchestra augmented by a five-piece rock band which included Tommy Dziallo on guitar, Hank Horton on bass, and Kyle Woodring (from John Mellencamp and Deana Carter) on drums, all of whom also played shows with DeYoung with or without the orchestra. World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American rock/roots rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including Jack and Diane, Pink Houses and others, and by his role in the... Deana Kay Carter (born January 4, 1966 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA) is an American singer-songwriter who records country music. ...


DeYoung made his major motion-picture debut in 2005's The Perfect Man, in which he played the lead vocalist in a Styx tribute band. This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... The Perfect Man is a 2005 romantic comedy drama film directed by Mark Rosman and written by Gina Wendkos. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


On April 20, 2006, at the Community Theatre in Morristown, New Jersey, DeYoung took to the stage once again with former Styx member Glen Burtnik as part of his Lost Treasures concert series. It marked the first time in nearly seven years the two had appeared together; on his website, DeYoung jokingly dubbed the performances "The Denny and Glenny Show." While on stage, the duo opened with the beatles classic "We can work it out" and also performed "Watching The World Go By" and "All For Love," songs that were originally written for the unreleased Edge of the Century 2 album. April 20 is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (111th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Nickname: Military Capital of the Revolution Location of Morristown in Morris County (L); Location of Morris County in New Jersey (R) Coordinates: Country United States State New Jersey County Morris Founded 1715 Incorporated 1865 Mayor Donald Cresitello (D; term ends December 31, 2009. ... Born Glenn Burtnick on April 8, 1955, the youngest of three brothers, he was forced at an early age by his brothers into singing harmonies with them. ...


On September 14 and 15, 2006, DeYoung appeared with Hal Sparks on Celebrity Duets, a show produced by Simon Cowell. They sang "Come Sail Away" and "Mr. Roboto." DeYoung was invited back to perform on Celebrity Duets on September 28, 2006 with finalist Hal Sparks. The pair performed the Styx breakthrough hit "Lady" written by DeYoung in 1972, with DeYoung serenading his wife Suzanne in the audience while Hal did the same for his longtime girlfriend. September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Hal Sparks (born Hal Harry Magee Sparks III, September 25, 1971[1] in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an actor, one-time game show host and comedian best known for his role of Michael Novotny on the American television series Queer as Folk. ... Celebrity Duets is a reality television show, in which eight celebrities, most of whom are not known for their singing, will perform alongside a different recording artist each week, provided they stay in the competition. ... Simon Philip Cowell (Born 7 October 1959) is an English artist and repertoire (A&R) executive for Sony BMG in the United Kingdom, but is best known as a judge on the television programs Pop Idol, The X Factor and American Idol. ... Come Sail Away is one of Styxs biggest hits, and is typical of the music the band played in the 1970s (pop music meets progressive rock). ... For other uses, see Mr. ... Celebrity Duets is a reality television show, in which eight celebrities, most of whom are not known for their singing, will perform alongside a different recording artist each week, provided they stay in the competition. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Hal Sparks (born Hal Harry Magee Sparks III, September 25, 1971[1] in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an actor, one-time game show host and comedian best known for his role of Michael Novotny on the American television series Queer as Folk. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A lady is a woman who is the counterpart of a lord; or, the counterpart of a gentleman. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


Solo career

With Styx in limbo following Shaw's 1984 departure, DeYoung began a solo career of modest success. His first solo album, Desert Moon, generated a top 10 hit, "Desert Moon," and the follow-up single, "Don't Wait For Heroes," cracked the Billboard Top 40 as well. Desert Moon was followed by albums Back to the World (1986) and Boomchild (1988). 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Desert Moon is the debut solo album from one-time Styx keyboard player/singer/songwriter Dennis DeYoung. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Between stints with Styx in 1993, DeYoung, a devout Roman Catholic, joined a touring revival of the stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar. He appeared in about 200 performances across North America as Pontius Pilate. Most critics panned the performance as average.[citation needed] The experience inspired him to record his 1994 album of Broadway standards, 10 on Broadway, and to begin work on a musical of his own based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... The US album cover for the 1970 release of Jesus Christ Superstar. ... Ecce Homo (Behold the Man!), Antonio Ciseris depiction of Pontius Pilate presenting a scourged Jesus to the people of Jerusalem. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame, or Notre-Dame of Paris (in French, Notre-Dame de Paris) is a novel first published in 1831 by the prolific French author Victor Hugo. ...


Now DeYoung tours with former Styx guitarist Glen Burtnik under the name "Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of Styx."


DeYoung will be releasing a new solo record in the latter part of 2007 entitled '100 Years from now' returning to his rock roots. The first single, the title track, is a duet with French-Canadian singer Éric Lapointe. 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Éric Lapointe (born 28 September 1969 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a francophone rock singer. ...


Discography

Music written by DeYoung has featured in the films Kilroy Was Here (1983), The Virgin Suicides (1999), and Big Daddy (1999). His songs have also been featured in television shows, commercials and other motion pictures. Among the more notable: The Simpsons, That 70's Show, Freaks and Geeks, Dharma and Greg, ER, King of Queens, Sex and the City, Detroit Rock City, Family Guy, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Styx is the self-titled debut album by Styx, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Styx II is the second album by Styx, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... The Serpent Is Rising is the third album by Styx, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... Man of Miracles is the fourth album by Styx, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... Equinox is the fifth album by Styx, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Crystal Ball is the sixth album by Styx, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... The Grand Illusion is the seventh album by Styx, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... Pieces of Eight is the eighth album by Styx, released September 1, 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Cornerstone is the ninth album by Styx, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Paradise Theater is a concept album released by the rock band Styx in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Kilroy Was Here is a rock opera/concept album by the rock band Styx. ... Edge of the Century is an album by Styx, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Brave New World is an album by Styx, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Caught in the Act is a live album by Styx, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... Desert Moon is the debut solo album from one-time Styx keyboard player/singer/songwriter Dennis DeYoung. ... Kilroy Was Here was a mini-film made to coincide with the Styx album of the same name. ... The Virgin Suicides is a 1993 novel, the first by American writer Jeffrey Eugenides. ... Big Daddy is a comedy film starring Adam Sandler that was released in theaters on June 25, 1999. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... That 70s Show logo That 70s Show is a Fox Network television sitcom centered around the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional suburb of Point Place, near Green Bay, during the late 1970s. ... Freaks and Geeks was an American television series, created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 TV season. ... Dharma & Greg was an American television situation comedy broadcast between 1997 and 2002 on ABC. The premise of the show was a relationship between two characters regarded as cultural opposites. ... ER is a long-running, award winning American serial medical drama created by novelist Michael Crichton and set primarily in the emergency room of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. ... The King of Queens is an American situation comedy series that debuted in 1998 and is still running as of 2005. ... Sex and the City is a popular American cable television program. ... Detroit Rock City is a 1999 film about four teenagers in a KISS cover band who try to see their idols in Detroit in 1978. ... Family Guy is an American animated television series about a nuclear family in the suburb of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... Milo trying to convince scholars of Atlantis existence. ... Austin Powers in Goldmember, released in 2002, is the third film of the Austin Powers series starring Mike Myers in the title role. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Dennis DeYoung official site
  2. ^ Text from article in Contemporary Keyboard, January 1981
  3. ^ StyxNet information on lawsuit (unofficial site)

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Dennis DeYoung (born 18 February 1947) is a pop musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Styx.
Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, DeYoung's career as a vocalist started with the band Tradewinds in 1963.
In 1983 DeYoung embarked upon a solo career of modest success.
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