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``Elvis of Miami Beach``
Hey Cats, thanks for checking out Wally’s site! So glad you could stop by. Well, dad sang his last tune April 05, 1986. We sure do miss him around here. You know, up until the introduction of the internet, computers, and cellphones, the resources found on this site were simply not easily available, making it difficult to understand Wallys journey as a musician. Thanks to all of you, who have contributed to this site. You are appreciated. If you personally, have anything to share, we would love to hear from you!
Officially Inducted Oct, of 2006
Wally was born in Washington D.C to John Wallace Deane and Grace Talmedge Van Riper – Deane, May 15, 1936, contrary to internet falsehoods, claiming he was born in Bivins Texes. John Wallace Deane was a reporter for the New York Times, and Washington Post. Grace Deane was a church organ player, medical stenographer, and pianist. Her father George Van Riper was well to do in real estate and his inventions.
The Hard Road
The road to stardom was not an easy one. Artists were responsible for paying for their recording time, promoting their own records, playing nightly venues to gain exposure, with very little pay (sometimes pennies) for each record sale.
No Radio Play, No Listeners
Payola & The Unfair Advantage
Pay-o-la – The practice of bribing someone to use their influence or position to promote a particular product or interest. If a record company spends enough money on payola, it can make any record a hit.
HAVE A QUESTION? COMMENT?
We love to hear from Wally’s Fans. Because information is so hard to find, back in the 50’s, we would like to ask a favor. If you have any information you can share about Wally, we would greatly appreciate your help. Perhaps you saw him play, maybe you like a particular song, maybe you have his records, maybe he hung out and played at your house, which he loved to do.
We would love to party with his fans. He was all about his fans. Please share your experiences, no matter how small. Thank you from the Deane Boys.