Dennis Diken

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Diken in 2009

Dennis Diken (born February 25, 1957) co-founded the New Jersey 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] 11th,[5] 12th, 13th and 14th Annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

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

On December 18, 2015 during Dave Davies’ concert at Islington Assembly Hall in London, Dennis Diken was drumming while Ray Davies joined his brother Dave Davies on stage for "You Really Got Me". It was the first time the two Kinks had performed together in nearly 2 decades.


  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 Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "11th Annual IMA Judges. Independent Music Awards. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 2013.
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