Dennis de Young

Biography

Dennis DeYoung was born February 18, 1947 and is an American singer, songwriter, musician and producer best known for being a founding member of the rock band Styx as lead vocalist, keyboardist and primary songwriter, a tenure that lasted from 1961 until June 1999.

Growing up in the Roseland neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, DeYoung's career as a vocalist started in 1961 at the age of 14 when he teamed up with his 13-year-old neighbors, Chuck and John Panozzo, in a three-piece combo. The trio later added guitarist James Young and John Curulewski to form the band which is later known Styx.

After leaving Styx, DeYoung began a solo career of modest success. His first solo album, Desert Moon, generated a top 10 hit, "Desert Moon", and the follow-up single, "Don't Wait for Heroes", cracked the Billboard Top 100 as well. Desert Moon was certified gold in Canada in 1984.

During the last ten years, DeYoung wrote a musical and reformed a new band which look about the style of Styx.