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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...