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RIP Dean Parrish,forever part of the NS scene it's really good that he came to know of his popularity in Britain & had the opportunity to appear live here but it's a shame that I'm On My Way sold

I have a Dean Parrish story.  Back in 1979 while I was working at Atlantic Records as a staff writer in the publicity department, I was assigned to write a bio for that month's release book for an alb

Another one, sadly it's only the songs that are timeless. 




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Back in 79 named my first boy Dean after him

78 in junk shops in South London picked up a Stateside copy of Determination for 10p

when I met him while touring here I got him to sign my end of an era final night Wigan ticket - very humble man - I truly don’t believe he knew how big he was on the NS scene - RIP and thanks for you’re music 😢

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RIP, I was lucky enough to have met Dean in Madrid, he appeared at the S.M.A.R.T weekend... 

I think he performed "im on my way" 3 times, then joined the crowd after, he was stood by the bar and I couldn't resist to ask are you still here? 

He laughed it off then we chatted for about 30 mins... 

True gent and such a powerful voice... 

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1 hour ago, Paul Junior Walker said:

RIP, I was lucky enough to have met Dean in Madrid, he appeared at the S.M.A.R.T weekend... 

I think he performed "im on my way" 3 times, then joined the crowd after, he was stood by the bar and I couldn't resist to ask are you still here? 

He laughed it off then we chatted for about 30 mins... 

True gent and such a powerful voice... 

Also met him for the first time in Spain too - he was an absolute gentleman as you say and what a voice on him. He sang ‘It’ll Never Be Over For Me’ too for Timi Yuro and there were a few tears.

Rest well Deano! Xxx

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I have a Dean Parrish story.  Back in 1979 while I was working at Atlantic Records as a staff writer in the publicity department, I was assigned to write a bio for that month's release book for an album called "Stairway To Love" by a disco/rock project called The Wonder Band (disco versions of a few Led Zep songs, including "Stairway To Heaven") which was put together by a couple of the label's producers.  Dean (r/n Phil Anastasia) had been drafted in to provide lead vocals.  So I was talking with him in my office and mentioned that I liked "Determination" and "I'm On My Way".  I'll never forget his response: "You like that old stuff?"  The WB album didn't go too far; apparently Zep's management had some issues with it so the project was pretty much squashed.   

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Very sad news. So glad I saw him perform at Cleethorpes and The 100 Club. Great that he lived long enough to experience the affection the scene had for him and his music.  An absolute legend with several top sounds to his name. Dean, you will never be forgotten.

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Thank you Dean . Rest in piece sir. Such sad news.

That nighter up there is  getting to be a real packer and the headline acts are amazing. Let's hope that's true and we all get to do it all again forever.

Hugh x Yvonne

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RIP Dean Parrish,forever part of the NS scene it's really good that he came to know of his popularity in Britain & had the opportunity to appear live here but it's a shame that I'm On My Way sold a million copies in the years after its release on U.K. Records & Dean never received a penny in royalties

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Lovely tributes from all the above-and Dean deserves them;a fine singer and artist whose great records really have meant something special to all of us  and given us much joy over the years

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What very sad news to learn of the passing of dean Parrish 

what an amazing legacy of music 

and closing the casino nighter at 8.am

each week  as we all went on our way to the train station back to Lancaster with

the crowd 

cherished times were enjoyed 

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Just heard the news, Many happy times spent on the dance floor to Dean's Soul Sounds and future dancing to them too.

R.I.P. Dean. Jacque & Fred Ward.

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On 10/06/2021 at 20:54, David Moore said:

RIP Dean Parrish,forever part of the NS scene it's really good that he came to know of his popularity in Britain & had the opportunity to appear live here but it's a shame that I'm On My Way sold a million copies in the years after its release on U.K. Records & Dean never received a penny in royalties

How come?

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Not sure why Dean did'nt make any money from the UK reissue,but  UK Records was owned by Jonathan King; the label's top act, 10 cc, were very unhappy with the paltry royalties they received (which was the reason they left him,apparently)-and they were having Top Ten hits inc. a No. 1!

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Sad news indeed met Dean a genuine nice guy non pretentious it’s a crying shame but we are all coming to that age when anything might happen health wise so look after yourselves and enjoy each and everyday like it might be your last, don’t keep waiting for tomorrow.

R I P Dean Parrish

Mick L

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18 hours ago, Michael V said:

Not sure why Dean did'nt make any money from the UK reissue,but  UK Records was owned by Jonathan King; the label's top act, 10 cc, were very unhappy with the paltry royalties they received (which was the reason they left him,apparently)-and they were having Top Ten hits inc. a No. 1!

The record company that licensed it would not have known where to send the royalties as he was not registered anywhere by then 

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On 10/06/2021 at 16:25, DANIEL NOOGER said:

I have a Dean Parrish story.  Back in 1979 while I was working at Atlantic Records as a staff writer in the publicity department, I was assigned to write a bio for that month's release book for an album called "Stairway To Love" by a disco/rock project called The Wonder Band (disco versions of a few Led Zep songs, including "Stairway To Heaven") which was put together by a couple of the label's producers.  Dean (r/n Phil Anastasia) had been drafted in to provide lead vocals.  So I was talking with him in my office and mentioned that I liked "Determination" and "I'm On My Way".  I'll never forget his response: "You like that old stuff?"  The WB album didn't go too far; apparently Zep's management had some issues with it so the project was pretty much squashed.   

Did it actually come out? 

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16 minutes ago, Ady Croasdell said:

Did it actually come out? 

The album did come out, as well as a 12-inch single; Discogs lists several different versions available and mostly rather inexpensive 

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