Dean Milano
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Dean Milano


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"Assorted reviews"

Dean Milanos musical sensibilities, humor and craftsmanship are a breath of life to the singer-songwriter world. For years, his chops have been the backbone of some of Chicago's premier bands. Songs About Stuff is his turn to show us his insightful writing, quirky humor, and tasty arranging that have made him the "go to" guy for decades.
Just listen to Dean's killer songs from "Time Machine" to "Beer Cans and Beanie Babies," and you know you're in the presence of a solid song maker in control of his art.
Songs About Stuff is ear candy. Bet you can't listen to it just once!
Greg Trafidlo- President- Kira Records and song scribe

"Songs About Stuff is full of delightful surprises"
Eddie O'Strange- Town & Country Radio Show, New Zealand

"Thanks so much for the EXCELLENT music.......really enjoyed it!!!!!..
I will be airing it on my shows."
Gerd Stassen - Hillbilly Rockhouse radio show- Berlin, Germany

Dean Milano represents an entire cross-section of the independent singer/songwriter community, whether he knows it or not. It's a profile shared by thousands, as Milano writes musical songs, with musical arrangements, about topics that used to be important to music. The lyric's the thing. Milano weaves tales in a melodic but conversational folk style that penetrates and creates friends just through his clear and relative content. I thoroughly enjoyed listening.……..
Don Kimenker - Founder of

Elmhurst singer-songwriter Dean Milano has been part of The New Seekers and opened for Cab Calloway, but it seems his biggest achievement is his latest CD, Songs About Stuff, which manages to be tuneful, intelligent, sometimes humorous, and well-executed from beginning to end. Milano’s songs are streetwise and smart, a welcome addition to anyone’s collection of troubadours. “Flashes Of Brilliance” is a great song, but any choice here is a winner.
Mike O’Cull - Illinois Entertainer

Dean is not only a fine entertainer, but the music in this CD contains insights into all of the aspects and oddities we see about us in our daily lives. It truly is an album of songs about stuff!

Norman Whitman- Detours Radio Show, WYSO
- Varied


Songs About Stuff- Kira Records #2906
Released December, 2006

Vestiges: More Songs About More Stuff- Kira 3210
Released January 2008



Dean Milano Bass guitar/lead and harmony vocals

Studied music at Southern Illinois University 1970-74

Studied bass with Rufus Reed 1974- 75

• Rock, country, big band, pop, jazz, folk, Cajun, and bluegrass round out my background in music. I’ve performed at corporate events, festivals, including Taste of Chicago and Milwaukee Summerfest, dinner theatres, concerts, and hundreds of nightclubs and hotels all over the country.

• In the late 1970s, I was a founding member of the 14 piece big band, Airflow Deluxe and I also performed on tour with the New Seekers (Georgy Girl, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing) for four years.

• I studied at the Players Workshop of Second City during 1986-87 and wrote and arranged the opening musical number of the Graduation Show which was performed by the entire cast. I also performed in the Second City Children’s Show in 1987.

• I did time with the US 99 radio crowd and played in Big John Howell’s Born to Boogie band for several years during the 1990s.

• Since 2001, I’ve been a regular Summer performer on the stages of Chicago’s Navy Pier and summer of 2007, I'll be performing on the Blues Cruise events aboard the Star of Chicago.

• As Music Director, I worked at the Dry Gulch dinner theatre directing a cast of 13 men and women for seven years and also arranged the music for the original show at Tommy Guns dinner theatre in Chicago
• Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to have opened the show for such greats as Paul Butterfield, Jan & Dean, Cab Calloway, the Spencer Davis Group, Bo Diddley and many more, but probably one of my most memorable moments was singing the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium in front of 40,00 crazed baseball fans.

Dean Milano
362 Highland Ave.
Elmhurst, IL. 60126

630-832-9024 home
630-732-9024 cell

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Influences would be Dylan, The Band, The Beatles, Merle Haggard, The Doors, Judy Collins, '60s Rock n Roll radio....