updated bio 12/10/08
David's music history runs in the early sixties "SF Psychedelic Movement" to the multiplatinum fame with the Steve Miller Band. David has been part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in all ways. He's earned worldwide acclaim as a musician, songwriter and engineer, always staying close to his roots in the music community.
In 1967, David joined the music group, All Night Flight, which evolved into Frumious Bandersnatch. Frumious Bandersnatch was a seminal psychedelic band in the late '60s, recieving renewed notoriety in the '90s from re-releases in Europe and the US.
In 1970, David joined the Steve Miller Band, where he toured & recorded with one of the biggest names in Rock and Blues. At the time, the lineup was: Steve Miller (guitar, vocals), David Denny ( guitar), Bobby Winkleman (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), and Jack King (drums).
David left Miller in '71 to form the band "Joker" with Jack King (drums), Brian Hough (bass) and Byron Allred (keyboards). Joker then toured the Midwest with Rick McCamy replacing Jack King.
In '76 David rejoined the Steve Miller Band and toured in support of Miller’s multiplatinum album "Fly Like An Eagle". The following year the band recorded David’s song "The Stake" on the Miller Band album "Book Of Dreams."
"The Stake" turned out to be one of Steve Miller's hits. It appeared on his Greatest Hits album in 1979, which, to date, has sold over 8 million copies . This song of burning confidence, well known by its chorus, "Nobody Loves You Like The Way I Do..." portrays a classic bluesman's brag to his Luva. It was a perfect match for Steve Miller's "Gangster of Love" stage persona, and it still connects with each new generation that discover Miller's music today.
In 1979, David decided to leave the band to spend more time with his family. He built the first of his many recording studios. He then started recording demos and records for other artists: Tiggy Clay ( from Motown), Teresa Trull and Barbara Higbey, Ray Obiedo, Rosie Gains, Mark Russo (from the Yellow Jackets), the Mermen's first CD "Krill Slippin," . He also had a long list of other Bay Area session players, such as Pete Escovedo, Larry Batiste, Steph Burns, Carlos Reyes (Merlin), and the formidible Kathy Peck (Contractions). Kathy and David would later collaborate on an even bigger project, Marriage!
David continued to play and record his own projects, including Calamari Gold with Bobby Scott (aka Squid Vicious), Ross Valory, David Perper and Bobby Vega, also working on tracks for his up coming Solo CD "Let The Rain Go By."
In 1987, David and Bobby Scott helped form, record, and produce The Sy Klopps Blues Band. The Band was led by well known band manager Herbie Herbert (who managed Journey, Santana and Roxette and many others). The group consisted of Ross Valory, Prairie Prince, Greg Errico, Herman Eberitzsch, Tony Lufrano, Bobby Strickland, Tom Fugelstad, Michael Peloquin, Neal Schon and a string of awesome guest musicians including Steve Miller, Norton Buffalo and Roy Rogers. David and Herbie go waaay back all the way back to the same birthday in the same hospital in Berkeley... we won't say what year! Herbie got his start in the music business being the road manager of Frumious Bandersnatch.
"Diesel Harmonics" was David's concept of a five-guitar band (which came from the mechanical engineering term for 'fine-tuning diesel motors'). David used the idea to orchestrate each guitar part, blending to make one smooth sound.
In 1993, David recorded his first solo album titled "Diesel Harmonics", producing it along with Stephen Jarvis. David played all the guitar parts, Prairie Prince on drums and Anders Rundblad (Wire Train, Cheryl Crow) on bass.
The Live Diesel Harmonics band, a Fender guitar onslaught, was Dave Shul, Larry Trott, Gary Arrogo, Happy Sanchez (drums), Jim Gordon (bass) and David's son, Mason Denny, sitting in on guitar for a few gigs at that time.
During that time, David was also on the road for various Steve Miller tours, providing technical support and monitor mixing. In 1993, David recorded his song "Circle Of Fire" on Miller's album "Wide River." David also found the time to record the old Fleetwood Mac song, "Without You" for the CD "Bay Area Blues Volume One," released on the German record label Taxim in 1996.
In October, 1997, David released his long awaited second CD "Louisiana Melody." It produced by David and Stephen Jarvis, along with Tim Gorman and Nathaniel Kunkel and featured an all-star cast: Tim Gorman, Prairie Prince, Ross Valory, Myron Dove, Bobby Vega, Lyle Workman, Jerry Donahue, Jerry Miller, David Grisman, Steph Burns, Bobby Strickland, Kathy Peck, Michael Peloquin, Carlos Reyes, Annie Stocking, Genie Tracy and Larry Batiste. Their various credits include: The Who, Beck, The Rolling Stones, Santana, Mickey Hart, Jefferson Starship, Jerry Garcia, The Tubes, Journey, Todd Rundgren, KBC, Y&T, Dick Dale, Fairport Convention, Moby Grape, Zero, Harvey Mandel and the list goes on.
His third CD, "Remnant of Grace," is a live acoustic duo album with Carlos Reyes on violin. Two songs of it can now be heard on myspacehttp://www.myspace.com/marie21andflying.
Since 2000, David has continued recording several music projects in the studio and live. More info about them can be seen in David's recording projects under CLIENTS and his Discography.
In 2004, David began working on a one man rock opera titled "Marie 21 and Flying", collaborating with director David Ford at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco. He just received 5 STAR REVIEWS for his recent performance at the 2008 Fringe Festival. David is now performing his rock opera at theaters and clubs throughout the Bay Area.
David is currently writing and recording in his studio, along with other with Bay Area artists. David plays live with an acoustic version of the "All Night Flight" consisting of David, Jack King and Brian Hough. When he gets the chance, he also plays duo with his long time friend, Carlos Reyes.
[ Picture: David and his sister (Susan) in front yard at Lafayette home, 1956.]