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Dino George Fekaris (January 24, 1945, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania[1]) is an American music producer and songwriter.[2][3][self-published source][4] Fekaris is best known as producer and co-writer (with Freddie Perren) of the song "I Will Survive" and other songs sung by Gloria Gaynor.[5] He has been nominated five times for the Grammy Award, winning once in 1979 for "I Will Survive".[6]

Dino attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity.

BiographyEdit

He joined Motown at the tail end of the 1960s as a producer and writer, initially linking with Nick Zesses and working with the likes of The Naturals. Their first major success came with Rare Earth, for whom they penned I Just Want to Celebrate and Hey Big Brother, with Nick and Dino also linking up with fellow writer and producer Tom Baird in the band Matrix. The trio also wrote together, penning Love Me for Diana Ross, a #38 UK hit in 1974.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0270840/
  2. ^ Mike Morsch (15 May 2014). The Vinyl Dialogues: Stories Behind Memorable Albums of the 1970s as Told by the Artists. The Educational Publisher / Biblio Publishing. pp. 168–9. ISBN 978-1-62249-207-7.
  3. ^ Robert “Boogie” Bowles with Kathleen G (1 August 2011). Behind the Boogie: How I Became Guitarist for a Motown Legend. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 79, 100, 146. ISBN 978-1-4653-3605-7.
  4. ^ Gilbert, Sophie. "The Library of Congress Celebrates Ten Legendary Songwriters". Washingtonian. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  5. ^ Jon Kutner (26 May 2010). 1000 UK Number One Hits. Omnibus Press. pp. 579–580. ISBN 978-0-85712-360-2.
  6. ^ https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/dino-fekaris
  7. ^ Graham Betts (2 June 2014). Motown Encyclopedia. AC Publishing. pp. 157–158. ISBN 978-1-311-44154-6.
  8. ^ Steve Sullivan (4 October 2013). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings. Scarecrow Press. pp. 712–3. ISBN 978-0-8108-8296-6.