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Dennis Day

Dennis Day’s performances span four decades. His formative musical years afforded performance opportunities in teen dance halls, high school “sock hops,” skating rinks, popular youth haunts and local clubs like Barbara’s Playhouse, in Gary, Indiana and Guys and Gals in nearby Chicago. From local talent shows in Northwest Indiana and Chicago, solos in church, and school choral ensembles in his native East Chicago, Indiana, Day eventually organized and became lead singer in a string of popular R&B and Doo-wop groups.

A racially integrated male vocal group portrayed in a 1960’s high school “sock hop” scene from late filmmaker Steve Teisech’s movie “Four Friends,”shot in Day’s high school, is in fact modeled on Day’s early group, the Valiants. The Valiants were featured on the Gary Crusader newspaper’s popular weekly radio show on WWCA A.M. During this period they were mentored by male vocal group the Dells, who much later were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The groups shared the same manager, who owned the lumber yard where both groups rehearsed.

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