Vic Dana

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Vic Dana
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Vic Dana in 1966
Background information
Born (1940-08-26) August 26, 1940 (age 74)
Buffalo, New York

Vic Dana (born August 26, 1940, 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.[1]

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.

Dana has three children, Steven, Jason and Justin. Dana retired from the entertainment industry and now resides in Paducah, Kentucky.

Singles[edit]

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart positions Album
US CB US
AC
CA CA
AC
AU
1961 "The Girl of My Dreams"
b/w "Someone New" (from This Is Vic Dana)
- - - - - - Non-album tracks
"Golden Boy"
b/w "The Story Behind My Tears"
- - - - - -
"Little Altar Boy" / 45 42 - - - - This Is Vic Dana
"Hello, Roommate" - - - - - 48 Non-album track
1962 "I Will"
b/w "Proud" (Non-album track)
47 42 12 - - 31 More
"(A Girl Needs) to Love and Be Loved"
b/w "Time Can Change"
- 102 - - - - Non-album tracks
"A Very Good Year for Girls"
b/w "Looking for Me"
- - - - - 40
1963 "Danger"
b/w "Heart, Hand and Teardrop"
96 76 - - - 39
"More"
b/w "That's Why I'm Sorry"
42 18 10 - - - More
"The Prisoner's Song"
b/w "A Voice in the Wind"
- 143 - - - - Non-album tracks
"Close Your Eyes"
b/w "So Wide the Wind"
- - - - - -
1964 "Shangri-la"
b/w "Warm and Tender" (Non-album track)
27 9 8 - - 18 Shangri-La
"Love Is All We Need"
b/w "I Need You Now" (Non-album track)
53 63 7 - - - Golden Greats
"Garden in the Rain"
b/w "Stairway to the Stars" (from Shangri-La)
97 90 13 - - -
"Frenchy"
b/w "It Was Night (Foi A Noite)"
- 129 - - - - Vic Dana Now!
1965 "Red Roses for a Blue Lady"
b/w "Blue Ribbons (For Her Curls)" (Non-album track)
10 11 2 - - 8 Red Roses for a Blue Lady
"Bring a Little Sunshine (To My Heart)"
b/w "That's All" (from Warm & Wonderful)
66 64 20 - - 91 Golden Greats
"Moonlight and Roses (Bring Memories of You)"
b/w "What'll I Do"
51 54 5 - - - Moonlight and Roses
"Crystal Chandelier"
b/w "What Now My Love (Et Maintenant)" (from Viva)
51 53 14 19 14 34 Crystal Chandelier
1966 "Lovey Kravezit"
b/w "Hello Roommate" (from On The Country Side)
- - - - - - Non-album tracks
"I Love You Drops"
b/w "Sunny Skies"
30 42 20 28 - 40 Town & Country
"A Million and One"
b/w "My Baby Wouldn't Leave Me" (from Town & Country)
71 69 24 - - 88 Non-album tracks
"Distant Drums"
b/w "Love Me With All Your Heart" (from Viva)
114 92 33 - - - On The Country Side
"Grown Up Games"
b/w "So What's New?"
- 127 - - - - Non-album tracks
1967 "A Lifetime Lovin' You"
b/w "Guess Who, You"
- - - - - -
"Fraulein"
b/w "A Little Bit Later On Down the Line"
- 138 - - - - On The Country Side
1969 "You Are My Destiny"
b/w "Where Has All The Love Gone"
- 133 - - - - Non-album tracks
"Look Of Leavin'"
b/w "Loneliness (Is Messin' Up My Mind)"
- - - - - -
1970 "If I Never Knew Your Name"
b/w "Sad Day Song"
47 39 14 47 5 - If I Never Knew Your Name
"Red Red Wine"
b/w "Another Dream Shot Down"
72 94 30 - - -
"You Gave Me A Reason (To Believe)"
b/w "It Won't Hurt To Try It"
- - - - - - Non-album tracks
1971 "Angel She Was Love"
b/w "If You Think I Love You Now (I've Just Started)"
- - - - - -
"The Love In Your Eyes"
b/w "Child Of Mine"
- - - - - -
1975 "Memories Can't Make Love to Me"
b/w "Best I Ever Had"
- - - - - -
1976 "Lay Me Down (Roll Me Out to Sea)"
b/w "You Never Really Know"
- - 14 - - -

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