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Jenny Dee

Medford, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE | AFM

Medford, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Pop Rock




"Peter Wolf, Amanda Palmer lead BMA winners"

Female Vocalist of the Year:

Jen D’Angora - The Boston Herald

"Diversity rules at 2010 Boston Music Awards"

"New Artist of the Year went to Kingsley Flood while Live Artist of the Year went to the Dropkick Murphys. Male and Female Vocalist of the Year went to a pair of Boston soul favorites in Eli “Paperboy” Reed and Jen D’Angora of Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents. A complete list of the 2010 Boston Music Award winners is available below.

The actual awards ceremony was a quick 30-minute affair as the rest of the night served as mini-festival of sorts with performances taking place in ballrooms located across the Liberty Hotel. Among the highlights were sets from Girlfriends, Dom, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents, and M-Dot with Moe Pope." - Boston Music Spotlight

"Rock 'n' roll Deelinquents"

Jen D'Angora, right, lead singer with Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents and Boston Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year, rocks the house in the Liberty Ballroom at the Liberty Hotel Sunday night. - The Boston Globe


"The Boston Music Awards were held on Sunday at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. This is rock Boston’s annual excuse to take over a posh downtown hotel, get dressed up, get drunk and check out some of the best local acts around...Others performing included Jenny D. and her Delinquents with Jen D'Angora who won for Best Female Vocalist" - The Weekly Dig

"A wild night for Billy Ruane"

"...But it was the final hour at the Middle East that those who stayed will remember. It began with Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents provoking the tired and weary to dance with an energized blast of '60s pop..."
Read more: - Boston Phoenix

"La La, Deelinquents join girl-group forces"

Earlier this year, local band Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents - which opened for Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band last month at Fenway Park - got a MySpace message from one of their heroes: former Crystals singer La La Brooks. As the lead voice on “Da Doo Ron Ron” and a favorite of producer Phil Spector, Brooks helped create the early-’60s girl group sound that the Deelinquents draw from. Now she was complimenting their music on MySpace.

“I was so excited I could have thrown up,” Jenny - Jennifer D’Angora - said during a set break at Johnny D’s Thursday night.

Brooks turned up at a Deelinquents show in New York, and they’ve since become her part-time backup band. They first played together at the Lizard Lounge last spring, and they’ll appear later this month at the vinyl junkies extravaganza in New Orleans, the Ponderosa Stomp.

They prepped for that gig with the show in Somerville, playing a set that Stomp fans will undoubtedly love. Along with Brooks’ two Crystals’ hits (“Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me”), they delivered some more modern surprises (Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days”) and dug deep into the Crystals catalog for such gems as“Little Boy” and the notorious “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss),” a Gerry Goffin/Carole King tune whose subject matter caused the single to be yanked from stores in 1964.

With a voice still recognizable from the records, the 63-year-old Brooks looked sharp in a slinky black dress, and far better in a high Afro hairdo than Spector did at his trial.

Her offhand stage patter revealed mixed feelings about Spector, especially when she quoted him saying that he could’ve gotten anyone off the street to sing on the hits.

“If it weren’t for us - the singers - there wouldn’t be no Phil Spector,” she said.

With a lineup including two guitars, three singers, keyboards and horns, D’Angora and her band (which includes familiar local faces from the Rudds, the Gravel Pit,Papas Fritas and Buffalo Tom) provided the necessary wall of sound as well as some nifty synchronized dance moves. Playing two sets on their own, the Deelinquents also connected with the spirit of girl-group music, halfway between grownup sophistication and wide-eyed romance. - Boston Herald

"June 2010 Issue of Spin Magazine"

Featured on Page 48 as one of the Songs You Must Hear Now - Spin Magazine

"Amazon Top 5 Downloaded Songs"

Amazon Top 20 Downloaded Songs April 2010

"Mama Told Me" charted #5 on's Top 20 Downloads! -

"Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents return to New Haven with new record"

By Patrick Ferrucci, Register Entertainment Editor

There’s always been a heavy girl-group influence in the music of Jen D’Angora. The Boston resident’s former bands — including The Downbeat 5 and The Dents — all owed a heavy debt to producer Phil Spector, the man partly responsible for helming the career of such star girl groups as The Ronettes and The Crystals.

“I’m a pop music lover at heart,” explains D’Angora. “In the Downbeat 5, there was that kind of girl-group melody with a rock edge. In The Dents, there was that kind of melody with a punk edge. I figured, ‘Why not take the edge off and see what happens?’”

And with that idea in mind, the singer/songwriter formed Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, a Boston-based band made up of a group of all-star musicians from that area that includes her husband, former New Havener Ed Valauskas (Gravity Pit, The Gentleman) and Tony Goddess (Papas Fritas). Unlike her previous groups, the Deeliquents aim for a more straight-ahead girl-group sound. Listening to “Keeping Time.” the group’s debut album, you get the feeling that Spector himself could have produced ... if he weren’t rotting in jail, of course.

“There was so many things that were scary about (using a traditional sound),” laughs D’Angora. “I don’t have a guitar when we play and I have to dance. We were all a little stiff when we first started playing together, but then you get used to it. The second thing is that I didn’t want people to say that I was only doing this because of Amy Winehouse and Duffy.

“But I can’t bother myself with what people are going to think. You can’t think about critics. The last scary thing about this music is the vocals. I can’t hide behind screaming. Moving to this style, there’s no screaming and that’s what I always did. It’s all a real challenge. I really studied this stuff, though.”

Saturday’s show, which also features Valauskas’ sister’s band, local favorites The Shellye Valauskas Experience, is a CD-release party for “Keeping Time,” which officially comes out on Q-Dee Records Tuesday. It’s an 11-song, 36-minute groove fest. Every tune is tight and danceable, filled with stellar harmony vocals and a cool retro vibe. It’s less modern-sounding than anything Winehouse or Duffy’s been doing. This is more of a classic recording, a record that really could have hit stores in the mid-’60s. D’Angora gives a lot of the credit to her musicians.

“The band is so pro,” she says. “They have no ego. They come in and they actually listen to my direction. I thought going in that I’d have to fight musically for what I want. Not at all, though. But, at the same time, they weren’t afraid to say things and to suggest really cool chords or something.”

In the end, she’s really excited to get on the road and show people the final product. A homecoming of sorts for Valauskas at Cafe Nine is just one of a decent amount of shows scheduled. The Deelinquents plan to head to Austin for a handful of gigs at South By Southwest in March.

“Going in,” says D’Angora, “you have this vision of the songs. They’re your babies, you have this vision of girls on the beach and these far-away voices. I think we all really got that feeling with the album.” - New Haven Register

"Metro - Boston and New York"

Cyril Jordan, frontman and songwriter for the Flamin’ Groovies, reports via e-mail that the Deelinquents’ version of their 1976 classic, “Shake Some Action,” is “fantastic.” He continues: “And what an insight for me. Mainly, because I never realized the Four Tops’ influence when I wrote it. But it’s obvious, [hearing] their version."

Read the full article... - The Metro

"Front Page of Diario - Top Spanish Newspaper"

Big picture on the front cover of this top periodical in Spain on 5/15, after our performance at The Azkena festival. - Diario

"El Pais - Photos and Festival Spread in Spanish Newspaper"

5/15/09 - Two photos and inclusion in spread about Azkena festival in this top periodical in Spain, after our performance at The Azkena festival. - El Pais

"Boston Globe"

Boston Globe 3/5/10

Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents plug directly into Motown’s mainline with “Keeping Time,’’ a full-length debut that indulges singer-songwriter Jen D’Angora’s love of vintage soul and girl-group confections...( for full article)

Boston Globe 1/11/09

For one snowy night, at least, it really was Paradise at the Paradise.
From the moment the ninth annual Hot Stove Cool Music benefit got
underway Saturday evening, with Downbeat 5 singer-guitarist Jen D’Angora sporting a new '60s-style soul outfit and nom de plume as Jenny Dee and the Delinquents, to the evening’s finale that found Letters to Cleo tearing deliciously through Cheap Trick’s “Surrender,” wall-to-wall good cheer and even better music reigned supreme. - Boston Globe

"Aerosmith, J. Geils hit an inside-the-park homer at Fenway"

The local group Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents opened the show with a few songs of retro-soul, filled with girl-group harmonies, horns, stomping beats, go-go boots and, tuneful and on the money. Worth watching out for. - Providence Journal

"Twin bill of homegrown rock heroes thrills Fenway Park crowd"

Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents warmed up the stage with a brisk but lively set indebted to the 1960s, from the Brill Building to Motown. And because they opened the show, they had the distinction of being the first Boston band to play at Fenway. Jenny Dee’s greeting couldn’t have come from anywhere else, either: “We’re wicked happy to be he’ah!’’ - Boston Globe

"Boston Phoenix"

Music Feature 3/3/10

Although the Deelinquents' pastiches don't stray far from their sources, their faithful '60s-style productions (via Eli "Paperboy" Reed producer Matt Beaudoin) are not without originality. Album opener "Big Ol' Heart" cranks an adventurous melody against an Ike & Tina workout; "Love in Ruins" borrows the atmosphere of the Ronettes' "Walking in the Rain" and throws in a fugue-like vocal tag; even the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" (the album's sole cover) is dressed up as the Four Tops' "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch"...

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It turns out we're not the only people who wished, at some point during a show by the Dents or the Downbeat 5, that Jen D'Angora would someday get a shot at a solo career outside of garage-punk. Her new band/moniker, under the flag of JENNY DEE AND THE DEELINQUENTS, is a stroke of genius: if you didn't know her other bands you'd likely make comparisons to the wave of British female singers (Adele, Winehouse) who've taken up the mantle of '60s soul. If you did know her other bands you might bring up the Detroit Cobras. But there isn't a music on earth that better suits D'Angora's voice than girl-group-era R&B, straight-up, and that's what she's singing here -- with bonus points for writing songs that hold their own next to the classics. (There's a Daptone-like quality to her recordings that makes you do audio double-takes: are you sure this shit wasn't recorded in 1964?) The fact that her new hubby (and bandmate) Ed V has been working with Eli "Paperboy" Reed for a couple of years won't hurt her commercial chances -- even though the only real comparison is that both Jenny and Eli stay true to their own particular talents as effortlessly as they stay true to the roots of rock and roll. We can't wait to hear more. Check out the track below, and absolutely do not miss them live: say, May 30 at T.T. the Bear's Place, for starters.

DOWNLOAD: Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, "Keeping Time" [mp3]

New England Product: WFNX's top FIVE local songs of the week


New York’s got Daptone, England has Duffy — and right now, Boston is dusting off a soul revival that’s every bit their equal. Phoenix Best Music Poll nominee Eli “Paperboy” Reed is taking a break from recording his Virgin Records debut to play a home-town gig, his only show of the summer. The opener’s no slouch either: recent Phoenix MP3 of the Week recipients Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, whose free track “Keeping Time” is tearing up the MP3 download charts at #13 (that’s one slot behind Miley Cyrus), are sure to get you all het up, at the Middle East downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 9 pm | $10 | 617.864.EAST or
- Phoenix Newspapers

"Pick Six - Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota"

Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, Boston. On the surface, Jenny and her beehive-wearing buddies seem like a throwback girl group, but this bass-driven band swings on such classics as "Lookin' for a Love" and "All the Way to Memphis." Dee-lightful.


"Blurt Magazine May 2010"

Feature Interview in Blurt Magazine Online! - Blurt Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.



Most Boston music fans will recognize 2010 Boston Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Jen DAngora (aka Jenny Dee) as the singer/guitarist in The Downbeat 5 and The Dents. When her schedule slowed a bit, DAngora started working on a new batch of songs and indulge in her love of the girl group sounds of the 60's. The Deelinquents formed soon thereafter, with members of Papas Fritas, The Rudds, The Gravel Pit, The Gentlemen and other local bands.

The band's full-length Keeping Time, was released March 2010 on Q-Dee Records. The title track charted in the Top 20 Downloads on The record features 10 DAngora penned originals and a cover of The Flamin' Groovies "Shake Some Action" which was originally released as a 7 on the Spanish Label Lovemonk, which lead to a headlining club tour in Spain and an appearance at the Azkena Rock Festival opening for The Breeders.

The band caught the attention of Girl Group/Phil Spector legend, La La Brooks former lead singer for The Crystals. Im fascinated by the fact that these girls & guys are doing material thats inspired by the things we did with Phil Spector in the 60s. I think it pays tribute to a classic sound which will always be fresh and which will never become dated over time. says Brooks.

Notable Shows:
Fenway Park with Aerosmith and J Geils Band
Ponderosa Stomp with La La Brooks
BB King's NYC with La La Brooks
SXSW Music Festival
Boston Symphony Hall with Bettye LaVette
Tour of Spain with Eli Paperboy Reed
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