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Dennis Peters - born Dennis John Peterson in Duluth, Minnesota.

Dennis Peters and Freddy Moore have been recording and performing together since 1971.
First in Minneapolis as Skogie & the Flaming Pachucos, then Skogie, then in Los Angeles as The Kats, Nu Kats, Boy, and currently, The Kat Club!

An excerpt from...
SKOGIE & the Flaming Pachucos cover story 'Insider Magazine', by Tom Murtha 1972

At Southwest High School, Denny and Al started their first 5-piece group, Mozart's Mafia . The two had gotten guitars in grade school, and convened their first band when one guy said he played piano. Denny: "The popular song he could play was "Green, Green" by the Christy Minstrels, so we thought we'd better hang it up for a while and learn to play before we played. We didn't know anything. We just thought you had to bang on it and music would come out. We never knew you had to practice."

They returned home to woodshed. "Al would call me on the phone, and I got really envious because clean chords were coming out and I was still struggling with C, F and G7." When Denny and Al got together after summer, Denny had discovered Al had been playing his guitar in an open tuning with a pencil. "I almost killed him when I found outů" Chastened Al switched to drums.

The Mafia was a step up from playing in garages with a wollensak tape recorder to the beat of a single snare drum. The original Mafia was an English Invasion group that faked accents on stage - a trick picked up from some of the "big time" local groups of the mid-sixties. Al met some horn players in the gym class when he was thinking of adding a horn section for a school assembly. After the appropriate amount of soul searching and overcoming parental opposition to their association with such unsavory characters as Denny and Al ("the black sheep of the school") they joined. The Mafia's version of "Harlem Shuffle" and "I Feel Good" went over with the student body, so the group became an 8-piece choreographed white punk-soul band playing the standard local bag of "Show Me" and "Midnight Hour."

After graduation the Mafia disbanded and went their own ways. Meanwhile Denny and Al played country rock and surrogate Buffalo Springfield with the basement band, Homestead....

Mark Goldstein, after a visit to the state fair, wandered into the Coffeehouse Extempore and heard Homestead, Brian Peterson's CSN & Springfield-derived group playing (of all things) Frank Zappa's "Mudshark." Goldstein invited singer-bassist Dennis Peterson and singer-drummer Allen J. Galles home for a midnight jam. Moore, Goldstein, Peterson and Galles jammed on some of Moore's tunes. There was no doubt in any of their minds, this was it. Moore and Goldstein hired them on the spot.

CHRONOLOGY OF BANDS ("Denny Peters", Dennis John Peterson)
The Nu Kat BoysMoore, Peters, Warnecke, Karp, Boone2012-Present
Acoustic DuetMoore & Peters2009-2012
The Kat Club!Moore, Peters, McRae, Nyman, Boone, Wingerd, Specter, Strickland, Kohan 1997-2009
The Kat Club TrioMoore, Peters, Galles1990-1997
BFMBobbyzio and Freddy Moore, PetersNyman, Boone, Lustgarten, Dogherty Jul 1983-Aug 1984
Boy (v2)Bobbyzio and Freddy Moore, Peters, McEwen, Nyman, (Boone, Cowan) Sep 1981-Jun 1983
Roach & The White Boys  Roach, Peters, Dogherty, Felix Mar 1981-Sep 1981
Nu KatsBobbyzio and Freddy MoorePetersGalles Mar 1980-Mar1981
The Kats (v3)Bobbyzio and Freddy Moore, PetersGalles, McRae Jun 1978-Mar 1980
The Kats (v2)Bobbyzio and Freddy Moore, PetersGallesDunn, Charles,  (BrennerFeb 1978-Jun 1978
The Kats (v1)Bobbyzio and Freddy MoorePetersGalles, Goldstein, (Brenner)  Jul 1977-Feb-1978
The Skogie BandBobbyzio and Freddy Moore, PetersonGalles, Goldstein, (Brenner) Aug 1976-Jul 1977
SkogieMoore, Peterson, GallesGoldstein, (Winger, Christianson, Brenner, Bobbyzio) Nov 1972-Aug 1976
Skogie & The Flaming Pachucos (v5)Moore, PetersonGalles, Goldstein, Greenberg, (Winger) Sep 1971-Nov 1972
HomesteadPeterson, Galles, B. Peterson, McGuire, Diedrich  1970-Sep 1971
Mozarts Mafia (v2)Peterson, Galles, Sutherland, Ryder, (Greenberg, Wright)  1967-1969
Mozarts Mafia (v1)Peterson, Galles, Sutherland, Brinquist   1964-1967

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