Say It’s Your Birthday: Joey Dee

The song was “Peppermint Twist-Part 1,” and it was all Joey Dee & His
Starliters needed to score a #1 hit in the winter of 1961, instantly
transforming them from house band at New York’s Peppermint Lounge into
a piece of rock history. The song, written after Dee observed how much
the crowd at the Peppermint dug dancing to the Chubby Checker hit,
“The Twist.” Joey Dee was born Joseph DiNicola in Passaic, New Jersey
on June 11, 1940. The group’s brush with fame lasted three years. They
managed another Top 10 hit with “Shout-Part 1,” then began the fast
slide to obscurity, last seen on the charts in June 1963 with “Hot
Pastrami With Mashed Potatoes-Part 1.”