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the beginning musician/songwriter/performer
Dennis was born July 30, 1952. He was raised on a farm in Tracy, Minnesota. At the age of eleven, after seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, he got a guitar. Dennis started playing in bands and writing songs. He received a solo recording offer out of Chicago. He quit school and hit the road...turning 17 in the summer of ’69 in old town and the windy city. The record company took him to Nashville for the first time to do some demos, and Dennis fell in love with the place. After returning to Chicago and touring the U.S., from New York City to Los Angeles over the next nine months, the record deal fell thru.
Shortly thereafter, Dennis once again lit out for Music City...this time hitchhiking and stopping in a dozen honky tonks and bars along the way to play and pass the hat. Then, he landed backstage at the Grand Ole Opry his very first night back in town. For the next five years, he worked in the bars and passed the hat...until five years later, almost to the day, Dennis finally started getting songs recorded, as well as doing session work as a background singer and guitarist. During this period, he also wrote and played on, as well as produced, dozens of national jingles for companies like Coke, Opryland, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Rubbermaid, etc. It was also during this period that Dennis signed with Charlie Pride and Tom Collins’ publishing company...and the hits began.
After meeting fellow "Pride" songwriter, Kye Fleming, one afternoon, the two proceeded to write, in twenty minutes time, a song that would change their lives...along with a then unknown Barbara Mandrell. The song was "Sleeping Single In A Double Bed", and it stayed #1 on all of the national charts for a month. It won a dozen major awards, and was Dennis’ first nomination for a Grammy. So, the flood gates opened and the hits began to roll in...
HITS WRITTEN BY DENNIS INCLUDE:
"LET ME LET GO"- Faith Hill & Vince Gill
"I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME)"- Aretha Franklin/George Michael
"SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAIN"- Ronnie Milsap
"LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING)" - Climie Fisher
"LIKE NOTHING EVER HAPPENED"- Sylvia
"MY HEART CAN'T TELL YOU NO"- Rod Stewart
"SENSIBLE SHOES"- David Lee Roth
"SLEEPING SINGLE IN A DOUBLE BED" - Barbara Mandrell
"I WAS COUNTRY WHEN COUNTRY WASN'T COOL" - Barbara Mandrell
"WITH JUST ONE LOOK IN YOUR EYES"- Charly McClain/Wayne Massey
"MISSING YOU" - Charlie Pride
"IN TIMES LIKE THESE"- Barbara Mandrell
"ALL ROADS LEAD TO YOU"- Steve Wariner
"JUST A LITTLE LOVE"- Reba McEntire
"SHE TAKES MY BREATH AWAY"- Eddie Money
"ROOM TO MOVE"- Animotion
"ROLL ON MISSISSIPPI"- Charlie Pride
"KANSAS CITY LIGHTS"- Steve Wariner
"RISE TO THE OCCASION"- Climie Fisher
"I WOULDN'T HAVE MISSED IT FOR THE WORLD"- Ronnie Milsap
"YEARS" -Barbara Mandrell
"SHE KEEPS THE HOME FIRES BURNING"- Ronnie Milsap
"FOOLED BY A FEELING"- Barbara Mandrell
"OPERATOR, LONG DISTANCE PLEASE"- Barbara Mandrell
"THERE'S NO LOVE IN TENNESSEE"- Barbara Mandrell
"SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT"- David Allan Coe
"WISH YOU WERE HERE" - Barbara Mandrell
"ONLY A LONELY HEART KNOWS"- Barbara Mandrell
"DON'T BOTHER TO KNOCK"- Jim Ed Brown/Helen Cornelius
"RADIO HEART" - Charly McClain
"AND SO I WILL WAIT FOR YOU"- Freddie McGregor
OTHER HITS WRITTEN AND/OR PUBLISHED BY DENNIS INCLUDE:
"SAVED BY LOVE"- Amy Grant, "BAYOU BOYS"- Eddy Raven, "SAME OLD STORY"- Garth Brooks, "LOVE IN THE RIGHT HANDS"- Rod Stewart, "TENNESSEE MOON"- Neil Diamond, "HEALING LOVE"- Cliff Richard, "RISE TO THE OCCASION"- Jermaine Jackson, "HEY Y'ALL"- Mel McDaniel, "WHOSE HEART IS IT ANYWAY"- Roch Voisine, "I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU FOR LIFE"- Glen Yarbrough, "HOLD ON THROUGH THE NIGHT"- Hot Chocolate, "I SWEAR"- Kenny Rogers, "CEILINGS AND WALLS"- Mitch Malloy, "I HEAR A CALL"- Michael James, "THE HOUSE WON'T ROCK"- Sawyer Brown, "SECRET WEAPON"- Jellybean, "HARDLINE"- Waylon Jennings, "THE DANCE"- Garth Brooks, "SHE TAKES MY BREATH AWAY"- Eddie Money, "HARD LIFE"- Man X, "LET ME LOVE YOU THIS WAY"- James Ingram, "CHAIN GANG"- Jeff Stevens and the Bullets, "NO MERCY"- Ty Herndon, "YOUR LOVE IS SAFE WITH ME"- Don Johnson, "I SWEAR"- John Michael Montgomery, "INSEPERABLE"- Mel McDaniel, "SOMEDAY I WILL LEAD THE PARADE"- Jo-El Sonnier, "KICKIN' AND SCREAMIN'"- Garth Brooks, "HERE I AM"- Patty Loveless, "I'VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU"- Feargal Sharkey, "WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH M-E"- Western Flyer, "TANGLED UP IN TEXAS"- Billy Burnette, "YOU KNOW AND I KNOW"- BeBe & CeCe Winans, "SUDDENLY BLUE"- Roger McGuinn, "EARLY IN THE MORNING AND LATE AT NIGHT"- Hank Williams Jr., "ROCKIN' AT THE MARDI GRAS"- Jo-El Sonnier, "AN ANGEL CRIES"- Aretha Franklin, "THIS LOVE WE SHARE"- Kenny Rogers, "YOU'RE NOT ALONE IN THIS WORLD"- Amy Grant, "MORE THAN MY HEART CAN STAND"- Alexander O'Neal, "IN THE WINK OF AN EYE"- The Barra MacNeils, "YOU'RE IN MY HEART TO STAY"- Robin Beck, "HAVE A LITTLE FAITH"- Mickey Gilley, "ALL FIRED UP"- Dan Seals, "I HEAR A CALL"- Emmylou Harris, "I SWEAR"- All-4-One, "SAME OLD STORY"- Tanya Tucker, "LOVE IS BURNIN'"- Ricky Van Shelton, "DON'T LET MY HEART BE THE LAST TO KNOW"- Tanya Tucker, "WE GOT THE SHOES"- Lynn Anderson, "UNCONDITIONAL LOVE"- Donna McElroy, "DIFFERENT LIFESTYLES"- BeBe & CeCe Winans, "CLEAN UP YOUR ACT"- Jermaine Jackson, "RISE TO THE OCCASION"- Shirley Kwan, "SOMEDAY I WILL LEAD THE PARADE"- Patty Loveless, "LOVE IN THE RIGHT HANDS"- Clay Crosse, "A HANDFUL OF DUST"- Patty Loveless, "FACTS OF LOVE"- Climie Fisher, "TANGLED UP IN TEXAS"- Frazier River, "HARDLINE"- Richie Havens, "MISS YOU FEVER"- Delbert McClinton, "MISSING YOUR LOVE"- Jonny Lang, "I WANT TO COME HOME WITH YOU TONIGHT"- Tia Carrere, "BIGFOOT"- Chet Atkins, "WHEN I COME TO YOU"- Jonny Lang, "PLAY SOMETHING WE CAN DANCE TO"- Billy Dean, "YOU COULD'VE FOOLED ME"- George Ducas, "TAKE IT AS IT COMES- Milli Vanilli, "A REAL GO GETTER"- Jeff Foxworthy, "FACTS OF LOVE"- Kim Boyce, "ONCE IN A LIFETIME"- Kansas, "A MILLION YEARS 'TIL THEN"- Ronnie Milsap, "I AIN'T GOT NO HOME"- Willie Dixon, "ENGINE NO. 97"- Boxcar Willie, "GODSEND"- 5 Starr, "ANY OLE STRETCH OF BLACKTOP"- Shenandoah, "I CAN'T BEGIN TO STOP"- Feargal Sharkey, "TODAY IS ELVIS' BIRTHDAY"- Billy Burnette, D.J. Fontana, Scotty Moore and The Jordanaires, "LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING"- Melba Moore, "I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME)"- The Shadows, "CAN'T GIVE YOU UP NOW"- The Dynatones, "MEET ME UNDER THE MISTLETOE"- Randy Travis, "RAILROAD BLUES"- Sam & Kirk McGee, "LIFE IS GOOD LOVE IS BETTER"- Kenny Rogers, "SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN"- Jeffrey Osborne, "LIVE IT"- Doro Pesch, "I WON'T BLEED FOR YOU"- Climie Fisher, "NOW I KNOW I'VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE"- John McVie, "FACE TO FACE"- Garth Brooks, "I USED TO WORRY"- Delbert McClinton, "PART OF ME"- Suzy Bogguss, "ANY OLE STRETCH OF BLACKTOP"- Collin Raye, "WHEN IT COMES TO LOVE"- Fleetwood Mac, "SAME OLD STORY"- Ronna Reeves, "YOU'RE GONNA MISS A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE"- Crystal Bernard, "JESUS IS LORD ABOVE ALL"- Charles Walhof, "ANONYMOUS"- Garth Brooks, "STANDIN' BY THE RIVER"- The Oak Ridge Boys, "WHO'S SHE TO YOU"- Amie Comeaux, "BEAUTIFUL HEARTACHE"- Michael Ball, "WITH JUST ONE LOOK IN YOUR EYES"- Reba McEntire, as well as other cuts by Charly McClain, Wayne Massey, B.J. Thomas, Paul Anka, George Jones, George Strait, Barbara Mandrell, Charlie Pride, Sylvia, James Galway, Steve Wariner, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles and Tina Turner.
International Film, TV & Commercial Credits:
JAG (CBS), Arista 25th Anniversary Celebration (NBC), My Stepmother Is An Alien (motion picture), Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man (motion picture), Navy Seals (motion picture), Message In A Bottle (motion picture), Neil Diamond Under A Tennessee Moon (television special), Saturday Night Special (motion picture), Undressed (MTV), Jeopardy (television game show), I'm Gonna Get You Sucka (motion picture), John Bradshaw On Creating Love (television special), Homer & Eddie (motion picture), Radio's Top Videos- New Years Eve 1987 (FOX), Miss America 1999 Pageant (ABC), Faith Hill Live (CMT), Barbara Walters: Faith Hill (ABC), 1999 ACM Awards (television special), Faith Hill: Behind The Music (VH1), Donny & Marie (syndicated television), 1999 WNBA Playoffs (ESPN), Baywatch (syndicated television), It's Showtime At The Apollo (BET), Kids, Inc. (television), Kuffs (motion picture), Making The Video: Blink 182 (MTV), The Young & The Restless (CBS), Star Search (syndicated television), Luck's Beans (television commercial), How I Got Into College (motion picture), What Rats Won't Do (motion picture), Murder In Music City (motion picture), Crook And Chase (TNN), Eyes On The Prize (television special), Entertainment This Week (syndicated television), Be A Star (TNN), Nashville Now (TNN), The Tommy Hunter Show (Canadian television), Grand Ole Opry Live (TNN), Jim Byrnes Show (Canadian television), Patricia Conroy: Wild As The Wind (CMT Canada), XXX's And OOO's (television movie), Austin City Limits (PBS), Music City Tonight (TNN), 1998 Nobel Peace Prize Concert (television special), Stand And Be Counted (television documentary), Crossman Cologne (worldwide television commercial), Daewoo Electronics (Asian television commercial), Quatro Por Quatro (Brazilian television), Canu Gwlad (Welsh television), America's Promise Presidential Summit on Volunteerism (television special), Making The Band (ABC), Uncensored: Grammys (MTV), Culture Clash (FOX), The Road (syndicated television), Live From Hollywood: The World Cup 1994 (television special), Circus Of The Stars (television special), Billboard Music Awards (television special), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), Jonny Lang: Blues The Hard Way (Disney Channel), Earth Day At Walt Disney (Disney Channel), Baby Blues (WB Network), 1992 Dove Awards (television special), Jamboree In The Hills (TNN), Regis & Kathie Lee (ABC), Wynonna (television special), Hee Haw (television), Evening Shade (CBS), A Current Affair (syndicated television), Empty Nest (NBC), Seaworld Star Spangled Summer (television special), The Meaning Of Life (CBS Primetime Special), CMA Awards (television special), Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous (syndicated television), Storytellers: Garth Brooks (VH1), Garth Brooks: Town Hall Live (MTV), Garth Live In Central Park (HBO), The Oprah Winfrey Show (NBC), The Howie Mandel Show (syndicated television), The Life And Times Of The All Star Class of '89 (TNN), The Rosie O'Donnell Show (ABC), General Hospital (ABC), 1999 Sports Illustrated Awards Show (ESPN), The Maury Povich Show (syndicated television), Popworld (UK television), Night Fever (UK television), For The Love Of Rock (television documentary), Beyond The Glory: Dale Earnhardt (Fox Sports Net), Live From The Bluebird Cafe (TurnerSouth), Forever Mine (motion picture), Regis & Kelly (ABC), Top Ten: Duets (UK television), All Back To Mine (UK television), Top Ten: 1987 (UK television), 48 Hours (CBS).
SONGWRITER AWARDS INCLUDE:
30 #1 Records; Grammy award for I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME)- Best R&B Performance by Duo or Group, 1988; 8 Grammy Nominations; 47 BMI Writer Pop and Country Awards (400,000 airplays per song to receive these awards); BMI Songwriter of the Year- 4 times Country/2 times Pop; Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song, 1988 (London) for LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING)- Climie Fisher; Country Music Association's Song of the Year- nominated twice; Robert Burton Award (BMI) for NOBODY - Sylvia; Songwriter of the Year (N.S.A.I.)- 1981, 1982, nominated again in 1983; President's Excellence Award (N.S.A.I.)- 1990; Over 300 million records sold & hundreds of Gold, Platinum and Multi Platinum Albums.
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