Initially breaking into the music business with surf bands in the 60’s (The Sentinels and The Cornels) and as a solo artist on Holiday Records, Denny Diante developed his production skills at Goldstar Recording Studios in Los Angeles. In 1968, he then became West Coast Director of Peer-Southern Music, one of the largest music publishing companies in the world. Peer Music was the original publisher of Buddy Holly's music and still today, controls some of his most important compositions.
In l972, Denny was recruited by Mike Stewart, the President of United Artists Records to join their A&R Department and produce their biggest artists. He produced a string of hits by Paul Anka, Maxine Nightingale, Bobby Goldsboro, Ike and Tina Turner, The Grateful Dead and produced the Bob Weir group Kingfish. After a successful run at UA, he then joined RCA/Windsong Records (the John Denver/Jerry Weintraub owned label) where he was VP of A&R and produced such artists as Maxine Nightingale, Starland Vocal Band and Kocky. In 1980, Mr. Stewart once again reached out to Denny with the opportunity to join him as VP at CBS Songs. After helping Mike successfully change April/Blackwood Music (CBS Music Publishing division) into CBS Songs, Denny was promoted to Vice President of A&R of Columbia Records Division, where he went on to produce such legendary artists as Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, Bill Withers, Deneice Williams, Julio Iglesias, and the list goes on.
In l989, Denny moved to MCA Records as Vice President of A&R and Executive Producer where he achieved numerous successes as the only staff executive and producer. While at MCA, he produced and worked with such artists as B.B.King, Glenn Frey, Boston, Jodeci, Sheena Easton and Bobby Brown. He was also instrumental in bringing to MCA, the Comptown record label headed by NWA founding member Easy-E. After leaving MCA and the corporate environs, in l997 he co-founded Outwest Entertainment, a record and film production company focusing on country music and releasing historical recordings. In 1999 he started Pipeline Music Inc., controlling the largest classical music archive in the world. In 2005, Denny decided to renew his first love of studio work and has begun producing again many new and established artists. He has now started DD Productions, Inc. and his own label The Original Holiday Records. Denny is also the Music Executive Consultant to Peter Hoffman’s Seven Arts Pictures.
He is well-known and respected throughout the recording industry. During his career, Mr. Diante has produced such distinguished artists. In addition, he has amassed many production credits in television and film. Overall, he has produced 22 Gold Albums and 9 Multi-Platinum Albums, has received 3 Grammy’s, a Cable Ace Award, an Academy Award nomination, and a Golden Globe Award and numerous awards for production and arranging in such festivals as the Japan Music Awards, the Festival of Music of France and received the prestigious award from the Russian Federation as an Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Music. He is the recipient of many ASCAP and BMI awards for producer on some of the most played records on U.S. radio.