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."