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Swinging On a Star by Big Dee Irwin (Dimension Records, 1963)

DiFosco “Dee” T. Ervin Jr. was born in Harlem, New York. He joined the Air Force and while stationed at the Narsarssuak Air Base in Greenland, he formed a singing group, The Pastels. After being transferred to Washington, D.C., they won a contract to Hull Records. Around 1958 The Pastels began to get discharged, a second single, an album and a tour quickly followed, but the Pastels broke up in early 1959.

Ervin began a solo career with Hull Records as Dee Erwin. He ended up at Dimension Records in 1962 under the name Big Dee Irwin. In 1963, he covered the 1944 Bing Crosby song Swinging on a Star as a duet with singer Little Eva. It reached #38 in the U.S. and #7 in the UK. Follow up hits failed to make a bigger impact, but Ervin continued recording for various labels through the end of the 1970s. His final single release was in 1978. He also wrote for R&B greats Ray Charles, Bobby Womack and The Hollies.

In 1995, Ervin died of heart failure.

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