Performing Thursday, January 30, 2020
Joey Dee and the Starliters, formed by Dee, is best known for its million-selling recording, “Peppermint Twist,” in 1961. The group also was featured at the world-famous Peppermint Lounge in New York City.
With lead singer Rogers Freeman, Joey Dee & The Starliters’ first single was “Lorraine,” backed with “The Girl I Walk To School,” in 1958.
With two movies and countless hits to their credit, Dee continued to record and issue solo recordings from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, including a song he wrote with original Starliters, David Brigati and Larry Vernieri, entitled “How Can I Forget” in the late 1960s, which was released under the name Joey Dee and the New Starliters. All the while, he continued to travel and make personal appearances with various Starliters.
In 2001 the group was featured on a PBS special, “Rock, Rhythm and Doo-Wop”.
Joey’s son, Ronnie DiNicola, often plays saxophone and sings backup vocals for his father. Ronnie’s band Dee Force served as the Starlighters in the ‘90s.