Dean Dillon

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

26 March 1955, Lake City, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Dillon, a self-confessed victim of alcohol and substance abuse, started writing songs in the early 70s, when he appeared on a local television show. He subsequently moved to Nashville and eventually worked at Opryland Theme Park for four years as a member of the Mac Magaha quartet (Magaha had previously worked as Porter Wagoner’s fiddle player for many years), with Barry Moore (bass) and Mark Barnett (banjo). This group made an obscure independent label album, Rise And Shine, primarily for sale at gigs. By the mid-70s, Dillon had been signed to a songwriting contract. His first big hit as a writer came in 1979 with ‘Lying In Love With You’, which he co-wrote with Gary Harrison and which was a Top 3 US country hit for Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius. He enjoyed eight minor US country hits between 1979 and 1983, and continued to write hits for others such as ‘Tennessee Whisky’ for George...

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