Dennis Diken

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Diken in 2009

Dennis Diken (born February 25, 1957) co-founded the N.J. band The Smithereens. Besides playing with The Smithereens, Dennis is a fill-in DJ on WFMU.

Diken was born on February 25, 1957, in Belleville, New Jersey.[1]

As a musician and record producer, Diken has worked with The Smithereens, Ben E. King, Mary Weiss of 1960s girl group The Shangri-Las, Dave Amels, and R. Stevie Moore.

In 1996, he guest starred in a Cartoon Network show Space Ghost: Coast to Coast episode, "Anniversary".

In 2002 Diken collaborated with Dave Amels to form the band Husky Team. They released the album "Christmas In Memphis" on the Confidential Recording label. [2] [3]

In 2009 Dennis Diken's first solo album, credited to "Dennis Diken with Bell Sound," entitled "Late Music" was released on Cryptovision Records.

In 2012 Dennis Diken with Bell Sound recorded a version of "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" for a fund raising cd titled "Super Hits Of The Seventies" for radio station WFMU.

Diken was also a judge for the 9th, 10th,[4] and 11th[5] annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

He has recently been playing drums for former Kinks guitarist Dave Davies' solo band.[6]


  1. ^ Staff. "You Say It’s Your Birthday: The Smithereens’ Dennis Diken", MTV News, February 25, 1997. Accessed December 22, 2014. "Today is the birthday of Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken,who was born in 1957 in Belleville, New Jersey."
  2. ^ Confidential Recordings web site
  3. ^ Husky Team page on
  4. ^ Independent Music Awards - Past Judges
  5. ^ "11th Annual IMA Judges. Independent Music Awards. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 2013.
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