MUSIC

1966

1966

1966- I began with the piano at my Grandparents home at about age 4, I was really enthralled with music and I got an organ for my Birthday at age 6 or 7, I played basic chords, triads, and got a feel for putting them together to form a song. My good friend’s sister was playing Jonie Mitchell songs on her guitar and it gave me a crazy drive  to own a guitar.  My  guitar lessons started at age 11 and quickly led to a change of teachers. I went from an older man teaching out of a lesson book to a National Rock and Roll Player from my hometown- Robbie Georgia, Robbie taught me Takin Care of Business, with lead solo, Pinball Wizard with cool intro, Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo, and others. This…

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1975

1975 – I was a guitar player and vocalist for Pegasus which performed for the 7th grade dance at Shelton Intermediate School where I was a 7th grader.

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1976

1976- I increased my musical horizons and began working on singing as a lead vocalist my basement with the help of my brother, Dwayne DeJoy on drums and a number of other young upstart musicians from the neighborhood and beyond.

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1978

1978

1978-I moved to Maine and fell in with 4  High School Seniors /musicians and became part of the band Emerald ,who performed at local High School dances and at the Brewer Civic Center (Big Gig)In Brewer Maine In 1978. The ticket price was $2.00. I also played with a band called Sea Smoke, the Sigmund Larney Quintet and The Breakwater Band. We played at many Barn Parties, The Blue Hill Town Hall, High School dances, etc. I played single gigs at restaurants as well -Georges in Bucksport, Maine and the Laughing Lion in Blue Hill.

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1979

1979 – At age 17-I was blessed with the opportunity to play in a band with Noel Paul Stookey ( Paul of Peter, Paul and Mary), David Mallet ( The Garden Song) and Allison Dibble while living in Blue Hill, Maine. We performed at my High School,  George Stevens Academy for our Arts Festival. The summer of 1979 – I was accepted…

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1980

1980 – I entered Berklee College of Music as a Full Time Student. With a major Music Production and Engineering I became enthralled with songwriting and the recording and production of those songs. I opened the Sound Loft In Brookline Village In 1983, my Junior year of College. The Sound Loft was a Professional 16 track recording studio. I recorded many great acts Including Peter Wolf of the J Giels Band, Reeves Gabrels, Stu Kimball, Greg Hawkes, Mark Sandman, Yola Tango, O Positive, Scruffy the Cat, The Lemon Heads, and many songs of my own with Reeves Gabrels now of David Bowie,The Cure and other notables. I wrote over 300 songs from 1980-1986

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1984

1984- I wrote a business plan (with help from my friends )to purchase and renovate a hotel in Antigua, WI where my grandparents had a home. The plan was to make a world class music/video production studio with 25 beachfront cabanas In Antigua. It was funded by a Group of Developers In New Hampshire whom I went to work for the latter half of 1986, (The Mill at Loon Mountain). I received a commitment letter for 14 million dollars, subsequently 3 of the 5 Board Members of the Caribbean Bank that gave me the commitment died In a plane crash off the coast of Venezuela. Of the 2 remaining BOD members. One was for, one against, and It never came to be. We sold the hotel 2 years later at great profit to 2 German brothers who were publishers, the Frey Brothers. Unfortunately, Carlo Frey died In a plane crash shortly thereafter.

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1986

1986- Recorded an EP called That New Guy- (Recording here), it was 4 songs which featured Stu Schiffer on Bass, Rick Iannuzzi on Drums, Liz Barnitz, on Vocals with me, Matt Davis on trumpet, Nick Laudani on piano, I sold the studio and the building, moved to New Hampshire where I played with the Chinese Chefs and Night Stand primarily with my dear friend Tom Yoder, a great talent who has written many wonderful songs and plays Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, and has a wonderful voice. We played numerous Restaurant/Bar gigs through 1986, 1987,1988.

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1990

1990- My music was expressed In church. I became a member of the Worship Team and later I led Worship for 9 years. This where I really learned to work on stage to allow myself to relax and concentrate at the same time, to be aware of the audience and respond. I also played at Christian Coffee House with a brilliant singer/ percussionist, Claudette Bouchard.We recorded a live album as well.

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1995

1995- I was performing every Wednesday at lunch in East Greenwich, RI for 90 minutes raising money for the local food pantry with a trio called Kuliana. We had the opportunity to open for a National Act at the Odeum Theater In East Greenwich. This trio continued to perform till 2005. I also worked on my original songs with my dear friend David Lydon. Dave is a huge talent, great vocalist, guitar player, writer. We played with a group doing Steely Dan, Michael Franks, Paul Simon, etc. We called it The Royal Scam. We performed with a local Comedian Charlie Hall who would introduce us as the Royal Scum.

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2000

2000

2000- David and I went on to record a 10 song CD called 3D Joy Container, it was recorded at Normandy Sound in Warren RI by Phil Greene, the crazy and brilliant Engineer Produce (35+ Gold and Platinum Records) there is a page link to the music above www.daledejoy.com/3D-Joy

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2001

2001- I produced a show at the Odeum called :Best of Berklee- I hired 3 of the best groups at Berklee that year and raised money for the George Angelo DeJoy Endowment which helps a Berklee Student to afford their studies annually and will in perpetuity. I raised over $25,000. and today the fund is over $50,000. The most important part…

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2009

2009- My wife Elaine encouraged me to get out and perform music out again. I got a gig every Thursday night at The Ocean Mist, a prominent music venue In Southern RI. It began as Kuliana with a drummer- Ajay Coletta. It continued for 3 years and became a 5 piece band named the Yewts. It was from this band that sprung the idea of Hey Nineteen. Ajay suggested, because I kept adding Steely Dan songs to our repetoire that we should do a Steely Dan tribute.

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2013

2013

In 2013 Hey Nineteen-  Tribute to Steely Dan was born , we practiced every week for 7 months before our first gig at a 410 seat theatre the Odeum  at $20. per ticket. It was written up in the newspapers and generally a great success. This led to 9 years of steady bookings with the band traveling quite a bit, having a lot of fun and pleasing alot of audiences. We have now performed for well over 50,000 people and have always been well received.

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2020

2020

2020 – I began writing again  in a serious fashion when my daughter and her husband to be asked me to write a wedding song for she and her now husband. I have never worked so hard on a song in my life, 8 months to completion. It was well received and I recorded it…

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2022

2022

In 2021 and 2022 I have written 7 new songs. These songs unlike the songs of old that I have written, take many hours of crafting prior to recording and then release. I think it is about time that I delighted at making each piece as perfect as I can. Saying what I am trying to say in the clearest voice possible.

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