17 August 1933, Grant County, Oklahoma, USA, d. 22 March 1986. Mark Dinning was the younger brother of Lou, Ginger and Jean, the well-known 40s vocal trio the Dinning Sisters. He learnt to play the electric guitar when he was aged 17, and in 1957 auditioned for publisher Wesley Rose in Nashville, who helped him get a recording contract with MGM Records. Two years later his sister Jean wrote Teen Angel and Marks tragic storyline vocal, took the ballad to number 1 in the US charts in early 1960. It also reached number 37 in the UK, despite being banned and classified as a death disc by the radio stations, because of its morbid lyrics. He died of a heart attack aged 52.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.