Wallace Van Riper Deane
A Dedication to Dad
Yup! Dad sang his last tune on may 5, 1986. He will be missed! This site is being built and maintained by his 4 sons, Monty, Wally Jr., Don, and John. We have very little info on our fathers music and personal life. What we do have, we would love to share with you and those interested in the molding of Rock and Roll music in the 50’s and 60’s. If you can help us with any information, even the smallest detail will help.
Born: May 15, 1936
Wally was born in Washington D.C to John Wallace Deane and Grace Talmedge Deane, May 15, 1936, contrary to internet falsehoods, claiming he was born in Bivins Texes. John Wallace Deane was a reporter for the Washington Post, and Grace Deane was a church organ player, and pianist. Her father George Van Riper was well to do in real estate and his inventions. More….
Wally Moves to Miami
Due to health reasons, and a search for more suitable environment, John Wallace Deane and family move to Miami, where Wally attends Coral Gables High School. Wally dropped out at an early age, to pursue a career in music. Wally was frequently seen trying to sneak in the back door of local black blues joints, as he was only 16 and he yearned to see live performances. Ocassionally, someone would open the back door for him and let him sneak in. More……
Elvis of Miami Beach
“What a buzz from the past!!! It was 1955 at the Shoremede Hotel and Wally Deane was on fire!! “Wally was the Elvis of Miami Beach”. We danced and partied every night, it was great!! Awesome memories!”
Murf The Surf
Music of the 50’s was dominated by the birth of Rock & Roll. A powerful new form of music that combines elements of rhythm and blues (R&B), pop, blues, and hillbilly music to form a sound that truly shook America. More….