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Jean Dinning
Birth: Mar. 29, 1924
Braman
Kay County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Feb. 22, 2011
Garden Grove
Orange County
California, USA

Singer, Songwriter. She is best remembered for penning the 1959 Number One hit "Teen Angel". Born Eugenia Denning, she was raised in an itinerant family and learned to sing in church at as a child. From the late 1930s through the mid-1950s she joined her sisters Lou and Ginger to form The Denning Sisters, a popular vocal group that had several hits and one million-seller, 1948's "Buttons and Bows". Jean wrote the words and music of "Teen Angel" for her brother, singer Mark Dinning, and his original recording was released in October 1959. The lyrics told the story of a girl who dies when she returns to a car stalled on train tracks to retrieve her boyfriend's class ring. Despite objections from some broadcasters over its gloominess, the ballad went to #1 on the pop charts, sold 2.5 million records, and became Mark Dinning's only hit (he died in 1986). "Teen Angel" also sparked a trend, being the first of the "teenage tragedy" songs ("Tell Laura I Love Her", "Last Kiss", etc.) that were popular for a number of years. Jean initially had to share credit for the work with the first of her ex-husbands Red Surrey (who had little or no part in its creation) but received full rights in the divorce and, indeed, lived out her days on the royalties. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Boyd Dinning (1887 - 1962)
  Bertha Ethel Riggs Dinning (1891 - 1965)
 
 Spouses:
  Howard Earl Clayton Mack (1918 - 1971)*
  Joel Otis Beasley (1924 - 1997)*
 
 Siblings:
  Donald Boyd Dinning (1909 - 1978)*
  Vernon Kermit Dinning (1911 - 1989)*
  Myron Wade Dinning (1914 - 2007)*
  Marvis Geraldine Dinning Smith (1917 - 2000)*
  Ella Lucille Dinning Robertson (1920 - 2000)*
  Ginger Dinning (1924 - 2013)*
  Jean Dinning (1924 - 2011)
  Dolores May Dinning Edgin (1929 - 2015)*
  Mark Dinning (1933 - 1986)*
  Max Edward Dinning (1933 - 1986)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Dry Fork Cemetery
Guthrie
Callaway County
Missouri, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Mar 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66800581
Jean Dinning
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
Jean Dinning
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
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