Dee Jay and the Runaways came from Milford, Iowa, and enjoyed a national US hit with the novelty rocker Peter Rabbit in 1966.
The group was formed in 1964 by Denny Storey and John Senn, who were soon joined by Bob Godfredsen, Denny Kintzi and Gary Lind, who all defected from other local groups.
The band recorded eight records on labels such as Coulee and IGL (Iowa Great Lakes) before Peter Rabbit won them recognition and the honour of appearing on the Dick Clark show Where The Action Is in 1966.
Dee Jay and The Runaways travelled extensively throughout the US and undertook two tours of Canada. They also appeared with big names like Del Shannon and The Young Rascals.
1968 saw some of the group depart to serve in Vietnam and the group split up.
Storey and Senn played in The Fortunes, with Storey eventually branching out for a solo career. Godfredsen moved to Oregon while Lind moved to Minneapolis and got married.
Storey and Seen re-formed the group in June 1981 (this time with a new country direction) with new members Dave Hoffstead, Brian Wheeler and Bob York.
The original line-up reunited briefly in 1982 and again in 1996.
John “Jay” Senn
Denny “Dee” Storey