Vic Dana in 1966
August 26, 1942 |
Buffalo, New York
Vic Dana (born August 26, 1942, Buffalo, New York) is an American dancer and singer.
Discovered by Sammy Davis, Jr., Dana was an excellent dancer (Tap), and was encouraged by Davis to move to Los Angeles to further his career. With the decline of dancing as a form of entertainment Dana initiated a singing career. He is best known for his 1965 recording of the Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett song "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" that was a Billboard Top Ten hit single. His album of the same title made it into the Top Twenty. Preceding this success as a solo artist, Dana was the lead singer of The Fleetwoods (for live performances only), replacing original vocalist Gary Troxel when Troxel went into the U.S. Navy.
Other hit recordings on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the 1960s: "Little Altar Boy", "I Will", "More", "Shangri-La", "I Love You Drops" and "If I Never Knew Your Name." "I Love You Drops" was written and recorded by country singer Bill Anderson, and was popular enough to be recorded by others including Don Cherry and Teresa Brewer. He also scored a chart record in 1970 with Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine," years before it was turned into a number one hit by UB40. His last nationally charted record was Larry Weiss' "Lay Me Down (Roll Me Out To Sea)" on the Casino label, which hit the top 20 on Billboard's "Easy Listening" survey.
Six Dana songs reached the Music Vendor (later Record World) charts without appearing in the Billboard charts.
|1961||"Little Altar Boy"||45||-||-||-|
|"Love Is All We Need"||53||7||-||-|
|"Garden in the Rain"||97||13||-||-|
|1965||"Red Roses for a Blue Lady"||10||2||-||-|
|"Bring a Little Sunshine (To My Heart)"||66||20||-||-|
|"Moonlight and Roses (Bring Memories of You)"||51||5||-||-|
|1966||"I Love You Drops"||30||20||28||-|
|"A Million and One"||71||24||-||-|
|1970||"If I Never Knew Your Name"||47||14||47||5|
|"Red Red Wine"||72||30||-||-|
|1976||"Lay Me Down (Roll Me Out To Sea)"||-||14||-||-|
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