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Paul Dean (born February 19, 1946 in Vancouvermarker, British Columbiamarker) is the lead guitarist for the Canadianmarker rock band Loverboy which reached huge fame in the early 1980s.


Growing up in Calgarymarker, Albertamarker, Dean's first bands included Cannonball, the Great Canadian Rat Race, Canada and Scrubbaloe Caine. Scrubbaloe Caine released one album, Round One in 1973 before dissolving by 1975.

Dean then joined a later version of the Toronto-based Brutus, followed by the commencement of his association with Streetheart in Reginamarker, Saskatchewanmarker in 1977. Dean, along with singer Kenny Sheilds, keyboard player Daryl Gutheil, bassist Ken Sinnaeve and drummer Matt Frenette released their debut album Meanwhile Back in Paris in 1978.

In 1979, Dean and Frenette left Streetheart and returned to Calgary where they formed Loverboy with singer Mike Reno. Loverboy has since produced seven studio albums plus compilations and live albums, and a number of hit singles in Canada and the United States.

In 1982, Dean won the "Composer of the Year" Juno Award along with Reno for writing "Turn Me Loose" from Loverboy's self-titled 1980 debut album.

In 1989, Dean released his first solo album called Hard Core. The album is comprised of nine tracks with songs co-written by other 80's artists such as Bryan Adams and Paul Stanley (of Kiss fame). His second solo album, 1995's Machine, featured a blues sound with guest appearance from Reno. Dean released a third solo album in 1997 titled Blackstone.

Dean continues to tour and play live shows with Loverboy. The band's latest album, Just Getting Started, was initially released exclusively through Wal-Martmarker on October 30, 2007 and is now available on iTunes. Loverboy had a headlining spot at the 2007 Grey Cup party in Toronto.

At the 2009 Juno Awards Dean was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of Loverboy.

Solo discography

  • Hard Core - 1989
  • Machine - 1995
  • Blackstone - 1997

See also


  1. Biography of Loverboy;

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