Best known for his 1965 Top Ten country hit "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," Duane Dee remains active as owner/operator of Dee's Barn Recording Studio in Bradenton, FL, where he's resided since the early-'80s. "I get a lot of satisfaction helping newcomers," Dee said by telephone.
Dee has not forsaken his own musical career. Reunited with Herby Wallace, who played pedal steel on "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," he released an album-length tribute to his musical hero, "A Tribute to Ray Price," in 2002. He occasionally performs in the west Florida region.
Born in Milwaukee, Dee had his greatest success after moving to Nashville in the early '60s. Signed by Capitol in 1965, he worked with producer Larry Butler, who later had success with Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie. His Top Ten debut single was followed by minor hit versions of "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road" and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart."
Making his first appearance in 1964, Dee went on to appear on the Grand Ole Opry 44 times.