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Published on Jan 4, 2011
Mark Dinning (August 17, 1933 - March 22, 1986) was an American teen idol, and pop music singer. He is best remembered for recording the 1960 hit record "Teen Angel". His sisters Lou, Jean and Ginger comprised the The Dinning Sisters, a popular singing trio.
Max E. Dinning was born in Grant, Oklahoma, the youngest of nine children, but was raised on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee after his family relocated from Kansas. From a musical family, three of his sisters, Lucille, Eugenia and Virginia (Lou, Jean and Ginger) formed The Dinning Sisters, who had a Top Ten hit in the late 1940s. (Lou was replaced in 1946 by Jayne Bundesen, who was replaced by a fourth sister, Dolores "Tootsie" Dinning, in 1952.) Dinning pursued a career in country music and in 1957, record producer Wesley Rose got him a recording contract as Mark Dinning.
His recording efforts met with limited success until 1960, when he recorded a 45rpm single called "Teen Angel" that was written by his sister Jean and her husband, Red Surrey. The lyrics told of the death of a teenage love that radio stations in the United Kingdom deemed too morbid to be aired, but it went to No.1 on the Billboard Charts in the U.S. Despite lack of airplay in the UK, the song reached #37 on the UK Singles Chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
Dinning had an addiction to alcohol that eventually ended his career. His repeated appearance at performances too intoxicated to perform caused promoters to stop booking him and he faded from public view. Although Dinning never duplicated the success of "Teen Angel", he had three minor hit records in the ensuing years. Dinning continued performing until his unexpected death from a heart attack, aged 52, in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Discography Singles Year Title Label 1960 "Teen Angel" MGM 12845 1960 "A Star Is Born (A Love Has Died)" MGM 12888 1960 "The Lovin' Touch" MGM 12929 1961 "Top Forty, News, Weather And Sports" MGM 12980
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