Teen Angel

Max E. Dinning was born on August 17, 1933, near Drury, Oklahoma but grew up on a farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee. His recording efforts met with limited success until 1960, when he recorded a 45rpm single called "Teen Angel" that was written by his sister Jean and her husband Red Surrey. The lyrics told of the death of a teenage love that radio stations in the United Kingdom deemed too morbid to be aired, but it went to No.1 on the Billboard Charts in the United States. Despite complete lack of airplay in the UK, the song reached #37 on the UK Singles Chart. Although Dinning never duplicated the success of "Teen Angel", he had three minor hit records in the ensuing years. Dinning continued to perform in the music industry until his unexpected death at the age of fifty-two from a heart attack in Jefferson City, Missouri on March 22, 1986.
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