“Denise”  is a 1963 song by the American doo-wop group Randy & the Rainbows.  Randy & the Rainbows worked with the producers of The Tokens, releasing the single “Denise” in 1963.  The song spent seventeen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching no. 10, while reaching no. 18 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles, and no. 5 on Canada’s CHUM Hit Parade.  “Denise” was written by Neil Levenson, and was inspired by his childhood friend, Denise Lefrak.  (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”). 

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