b. 12 July 1939, Astoria, New York, USA. Dino placed one single in the US pop Top 30 in 1961, ‘Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night’ (covered in the UK by Doug Sheldon). He grew up in Hicksville, New York, and enlisted in the navy in 1957. Stationed in Iceland, he entered a music contest, which inspired him to pursue a career in music upon his discharge. Moving first to the state of Maine, and then to Texas, Dino joined a band that played Tex-Mex and R&B music. He recorded his first single, ‘On My Mind’, in Texas for Arrow Records in 1958 but nothing happened. Moving back to New York, he signed with Dot Records and then with Musicor Records, for which he recorded his only hit. Subsequent singles for Musicor and several other labels failed, before he turned to acting, appearing in the film The Valley Of The Dolls. He started recording again in 1980 but did not have any commercial success. Dino’s name made some news in 1990 when Robert Plant covered ‘Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night’ on Manic Nirvana.
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