1947 – Dennis DeYoung of Styx is born in Chicago on This Day in Rock Music History!
Dennis DeYoung was the lead vocalist, keyboardist, accordion player, producer, writer and creative force for the band Styx, and many of their hits. In fact, DeYoung was the band’s primary hit writer and singer, writing and singing 7 out of the band’s 8 top 10 singles.
Specifically DeYoung wrote and sang the following top 10 Styx singles:
Show Me The Way (#3),
Mr. Roboto (#3),
Best of Times (#3),
Don’t Let It End (#6),
Come Sail Away (#8).
A self-taught keyboardist, DeYoung quickly became one of the most notable players of that instrument in rock. Featured on the cover of the January 1981 issue of Contemporary Keyboard magazine (a story that was reprinted in Contemporary Keyboard’s book on the greatest rock keyboardists), DeYoung described many of his steps along the way through his keyboard-playing career: He’d never played an acoustic piano until the recording session for 1972’s “Lady”; he recorded the track for 1979’s “Babe” in a friend’s basement on a Rhodes electric piano he’d never touched before; the odd feeling of switching back to playing accordion for the song “Boat On The River” and discovering how small the keys felt to his fingers after years of playing electric organs and pianos
His biggest solo hit is the top 10 song “Desert Moon” in 1984.
Paraphrashed excerpt from Wikipedia.