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|Birth name||Dean Esposito|
|Also known as||Dean Esposito, Dino Esposito|
July 20, 1963 |
Los Angeles, California, US
|Labels||4th & B'way/Island/PolyGram
Dean Esposito was born to Frank and Francis Esposito in the Encino district of Los Angeles, California. The family later moved to Hawaii and Connecticut before settling in Las Vegas, Nevada, where his father became a restaurant owner. It was here that Dino pursued his musical interests. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Broadcasting and Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Shortly after, he accepted a job as a program director/radio DJ at his college radio station, with his own morning show called "Urban Sunrise." Soon, he moved on to become a Top-40 DJ at Nevada radio station Power 97. Subsequently, he was offered a job at KCEP, Las Vegas's largest black music station, where he eventually became program director. During this time he also moonlighted as a local club DJ.
Dino then became a singer, first as part of the group Esquire, and later as a solo artist. He signed with 4th & B'way/Island/PolyGram Records, and in 1988 released his debut single "Summergirls". He then released his debut album 24/7, from which were released the singles "24/7," "I Like It," "Sunshine," and "Never 2 Much of U." "In the City" was also released, but only as a 12-inch single for club play.
During this initial up-swing of his career, Dino performed at theme parks, sharing the bill with such artists as Sweet Sensation and Linear. Dino developed an even wider fanbase when he became the opening act for New Kids on the Block in the summer of 1989.
His touring band was made up of power house musicians. Jeff Lams (Piano), Keith Nelson (Bass), Gary Olds (Drums), Paul Taylor (Sax) and Bryan Bywaters (Keys). Two dancers were added. This original lineup was his only touring band. Dino and his band appeared on several TV shows although some were with different musicians such as Paul Pesco (guitar), Basil Fung (guitar), Rich Young (drums), and Melvin Davis (bass). TV performances included the Pat Sajak show, Arsenio Hall Show (with Paul Pesco on guitar and Rich Young on drums), Friday Night Videos (with Basil Fung on guitar, Melvin Davis on Bass and Rich Young on drums), and many others.
1990 saw the release of his sophomore LP, titled "Swingin,'" from which were released the singles "Romeo" and "Gentle." During this time, he formed his own production company and record label, ONID Productions (his name spelled backward).
He released his third album, titled "The Way I Am," in 1993 for East West Records, on which he scored his last Top-40 hit, "Ooh Child." A final single was also released, the non-charting ballad "Endlessly."
After his singing career faded, he began producing and writing songs with such artists as Tonya Mitchell, Paul Taylor, Jordan Knight, Walter Beasley, Sheena Easton, and Joanna Pacitti, the latter of whose collaborative song "Watch Me Shine" was included on the Legally Blonde motion picture soundtrack.
|Date||Album||Label||Positions United States||Music recording sales certification|
|1989||24/7||4th & B'way/Island/PolyGram Records||34||Gold|
|13 August 1990||Swingin'||Polydor/PolyGram Records||82|
|3 August 1993||The Way I Am||East West Records||-|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"I Like It"||7||25||9||3||—||—|
|"Never 2 Much of U"||61||69||—||—||—||—|
|1993||"Ooh Child"||27||—||—||—||30||4||The Way I Am|