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“Denise”  is a 1963 song by the American doo-wop group Randy & the Rainbows.  “Denis”  (pronounced De-nee) was a 1977 gender-swapping cover of the song by the American new wave band Blondie.  The cover of the song helped the band break into the international market.  It featured on the band’s second studio album, Plastic Letters (1978), and was the second UK single release by Blondie on Chrysalis records.  (More from Wikipedia)

Ritchie Valens follow-up single, “Donna” was completely different and became a bonafide hit, peaking at #2 on the charts at the end of 1958.  “Donna” inspired a host of other songs addressed to female loves, most directly Dion’s “Donna the Prima Donna” (Dion and the Belmonts were also along on the Winter Dance Party), but also Neil Sedaka’s “Oh, Carol!” and “Denise” by Randy and the Rainbows (later covered by Blondie as “Denis”). 

(June 2013/1)
Last edited: March 22, 2021