Jazz guitarist who performed with the likes of Chico Hamilton, Harry James, and Peggy Lee until being beckoned to the United States Army in 1961.
Upon the end of his tour of duty in 1963, a burgeoning session era awaited him in L.A. Although he released solo albums, including Alone Together and Sprung Free, in 1964 and 1969, respectively, Dennis would make his mark as a studio musician.
A complete list of accomplishments would be too long to list here, but here is just a taste of some of the artists and groups with whom he collaborated during an illustrious, five-decade career: Glen Campbell , The Carpenters, Keith Carradine, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Judy Collins, Perry Como, Michael Feinstein, 5th Dimension, Stan Getz, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Melissa Manchester, Barry Manilow, Dean Martin, Mike Melvoin, Sergio Mendes, Ethel Merman, Bette Midler, Ronnie Milsap, Joni Mitchell , The Monkees, Maria Muldaur, Walter Murphy, Rick Nelson, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, The Partridge Family, Linda Ronstadt, Arturo Sandoval, Ravi Shankar, Frank Sinatra, Ringo Starr , Rod Stewart, Tom Waits, Burt Ward (yes, the Burt Ward), Brian Wilson , Nancy Wilson, Frank Zappa, and Warren Zevon. His film credits include Bingo Long’s Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, Change of Habit, Enter the Dragon, Forget Paris, Grease, The Hard Way, In the Mood, One from the Heart, Rocky II, Rush Hour 3, Saturday Night Fever, and The Truth About Cats and Dogs.
He died in California in January 2023 when he was 84 years old.
Here he is performing “Sprung Free”…