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Dennis Volk (solo)
Norfolk, Nebraska
Volk, Dennis - Piano
No look at 50's rock 'n roll in Nebraska is complete without adding Dennis Volk. Dennis was raised in a musical family, on the farm near McLean, Nebraska. His father Louie, was an accomplished saxophone player, and his mother, Evelyn, is still considered one of the finest jazz pianists in the Midwest. His brother, Roger, is a drummer and was a member of The Smoke Ring. As rock 'n roll dawned, Dennis found his talents suited for this new music. His pounding piano, and heartbreak singing style were just the ticket for rock, and most audiences found his playing just as hot as that of Jerry Lee Lewis. Upon joining Ron Thompson and Don Sohl, Dennis found himself with a celebrity status that he was never quite comfortable with. As a performer he was explosive, but his personality was still that of a shy farm boy. Upon leaving "The Roadrunners" in the early sixties, he moved to Omaha, where he played keys with the legendary Berry Brothers, including a small stint with Carl Perkins. His only recordings, Dennis' Boogie and You Are The One, are considered two of the finest sides to come out of the midwest during the fifties. They have been re-released in Europe and the states on several 50's rock compilation albums. Though Denny continued to perform throughout his life, he never regained the status and comfort he found with 50's rock 'n roll. After being plagued with continued bad health, he passed away in September of 1991. As his brother and Smoke Ring drummer, Roger Volk said, "Dennis loved the Lord, the farm, and the simple things in life that we so often take for granted."