Annual Glenn McClanan Memorial Concert - with Dean Dobbins
Benefiting JCOC - Judeo Christian Outreach Center in Virginia Beach
Helping to feed the homeless and assisting in helping them re-enter society
Saturday, November 2, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23452
ADDMISSION is by DONATION SUGGESTED @ $10.00 per person with all proceeds going to JCOC.
Dean Dobbins established himself as an LA-based writer who writes in a variety of styles, from ballads to Texas swing. Back in 1990, the Dean Dobbins Band was awarded California Country Music Association Band of the Year and Dean won CCMA awards for Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He has recorded 8 CDs of original songs, including "The Dean Dobbins Band Volumes I and II." His CD, "She's Hot" contains 24 songs, most recorded in Nashville, and features Nashville singers such as Craig Campbell, Kira Small, and Buddy Jewell. Dean no longer has a band but still performs as a solo singer/songwriter.
Carmen McRae recorded a jazz ballad that Dean co-wrote with his wife Charlotte called "I Need You In My Life." In 1982, Dennis Weaver of Gunsmoke and McCloud fame recorded another of his songs: "If I Had A Love Song."
He organized the Dean Dobbins Band around 1984. They were an active band in Los Angeles's country music circuit for about 10 years and performed at the Palomino, The Bandstand, The Crazy Horse Saloon, The Longhorn and The Cowboy Palace. They opened for Tammy Wynette in Newport Beach, Rick Nelson at Big Bear, Johnny Lee at The Palomino and The Kendall’s at The Mule Lip Saloon in Colton. They were voted 1990 California Country Music Association Band of the Year and Dean himself received several CCMA awards including Song of the Year ("One, Two, Three"), Songwriter of the Year ("Writers and Pickers") and Male Vocalist of the Year.
About 1990 The Dean Dobbins Band recorded about 2 dozen of Dean's original songs, which were sold as three cassettes. Later he transferred those songs to 2 CDs The Dean Dobbins Band, Volumes I and II. Several of the band's recordings received considerable airplay in Europe, particularly "Writers and Pickers" and "He Can Dance (The Way They Dance In Texas)," which reached #2 in "Indie Bullet Magazine" out of Tyler, Texas and landed Dean on the cover of the magazine. "He Can Dance" was played on about 50 radio stations across Texas. The band's recording of Dean's "Where There's A Will, There's A Way" was used in the Ivan Reitman film "Big Shots."
In recent years, he performed solo in songwriter venues in LA, particularly at Kulak's Woodshed, where he hosted monthly for quite a while and where the live performance videos at this new website were filmed.