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b. 26 August 1942, Buffalo, New York, USA. As a young boy, Dana trained as a dancer, and at the age of 11 was spotted, performing in Buffalo, by Sammy Davis Jnr. Influenced by Davis, the Dana family moved to California, where young Dana worked on his dancing and also studied singing. In 1960, he toured as a solo act, appearing on the same bill as the Fleetwoods, and then signed for the same record company, Dolton. In the early 60s he had some success with ‘Little Altar Boy’, ‘I Will’ and ‘More’, before making the US Top 30 with ‘Shangri-La’ in 1964. The Top 10 hit ‘Red Roses For A Blue Lady’ followed in 1965, and ‘I Love You Drops’ in 1966. He also had a Top 20 album with Red Roses For A Blue Lady. In 1970 he switched to Liberty Records for ‘If I Never Knew Your Name’ and ‘Red Red Wine’.