Desert Moon

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For the song, see Desert Moon (song).
Desert Moon
Studio album by Dennis DeYoung
Released August 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Rock/Pop
Length 38:57
Label A&M
Producer Dennis DeYoung
Dennis DeYoung chronology
Desert Moon
Back to the World
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! (favorable)[2]

Desert Moon is the debut solo album from former Styx keyboard player/singer/songwriter Dennis DeYoung. It was released in 1984 by A&M Records.

The album reached No. 24 on the Billboard 200 album charts in the fall of 1984[3] and was certified Gold in Canada.[4] The album's biggest hit was its title cut which hit No. 10 on the Billboard singles chart.[5] The album's second single "Don't Wait for Heroes" reached No. 83 and got MTV play.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Dennis DeYoung, except where noted:

  1. "Don't Wait for Heroes" – 4:46
  2. "Please" – 4:20 (a duet with Rosemary Butler)
  3. "Boys Will Be Boys" – 5:41
  4. "Fire" (Jimi Hendrix) – 3:46
  5. "Desert Moon" – 6:09
  6. "Suspicious" – 4:57
  7. "Gravity" – 4:51
  8. "Dear Darling (I'll Be There)" – 4:27


  • Dennis DeYoung: percussion, piano, arranger, keyboards, lead and background vocals, producer, mixing
  • Tom Dziallo: acoustic guitar, bass guitar, percussion, arranger, electric guitar, drum programming, mixing
  • Dennis Johnson: bass guitar
  • Tom Radtke: drums, percussion
  • Steve Eisen: conductor, conga, saxophone
  • Rosemary Butler: duet vocal on "Please"
  • Sandy Caulfield: background vocals
  • Suzanne DeYoung, Tom Dziallo, Dawn Feusi, Pat Hurley: additional backing vocals
  • Vince Guttman: drum programming
  • Maurice Lynn Simmons: drum programming
  • Gary Loizzo: background vocals, engineer, drum programming, mixing
  • Rob Kingsland: engineer, mixing
  • Ted Jensen: mastering
  • Jim Popko: engineer, mixing
  • Bill Rascati: engineer, mixing
  • Chuck Beeson: art direction, design


  1. ^ Carter, Evan. "Dennis DeYoung Desert Moon review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ Wall, Mick (6 September 1984). "Dennis De Young 'Desert Moon'". Kerrang!. 76. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. p. 12. 
  3. ^ "Desert Moon Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Gold Platinum Database - Desert Moon". Music Canada. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Desert Moon Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-03-12.