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Mark Dinning

stage name Mark Dinning — was an American pop music singer. In February 1960, the song "Teen Angel", written by his sister Jean (Eugenia) (March 29, 1924 — February 22, 2011) and her husband (Mark's brother-in-law) Red Surrey, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. Additionally, Dinning is the uncle of Dean Dinning, bass guitarist for Alternative Rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Mark Dinning (August 17, 1933 - March 22, 1986) was an American, teen idol, pop music singer.

Dinning was born Max E. Dinning near Drury, Oklahoma but grew up on a farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee. From a musical family, three of his sisters formed The Dinning Sisters singing group that had a Top Ten hit in the late 1940s. Dinning pursued a career in country music and in 1957, record producer Wesley Rose got him a recording contract. His recording efforts met with limited success until 1960, when he recorded a 45rpm single called "Teen Angel" that was written by his sister Jean and her husband Red Surrey. The lyrics told of the death of a teenage love that radio stations in the United Kingdom deemed too morbid to be aired, but it went to No.1 on the Billboard Charts in the United States. Despite complete lack of airplay in the UK, the song reached #37 on the UK Singles Chart. Mark Dinning's voice had a range similar to Roy Orbison's. However, he had an addiction to alcohol that eventually ended his career. His repeated appearance at performances too intoxicated to perform caused promoters to stop booking him and he faded from public view. Although Dinning never duplicated the success of "Teen Angel", he had three minor hit records in the ensuing years. Dinning continued to perform in the music industry until his unexpected death at the age of fifty-two from a heart attack in Jefferson City, Missouri.

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