Dana Key and Eddie DeGarmo became best friends in first grade in Memphis, TN. Their friendship would last a lifetime and resulted in the founding of one Christian music’s pioneering bands, DeGarmo & Key. The band was founded in 1978. They disbanded after the release of the 1994 album “To Extremes.” During that time they were nominated for 7 Grammy Awards, 17 Dove Awards and were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Dana was a direct descendant of the author of “The Star Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key. Eddie’s niece, Diana DeGarmo, was a finalist on “American Idol” season three. Dana passed away on June 6, 2010 due to a ruptured blood clot.
DeGarmo & Key were the first contemporary Christian artists to have a music video played on MTV, back when that network still played music. The video for the song “Six, Six, Six” was originally rejected by MTV because of a scene that depicted the character of Satan catching fire. The record label edited the video and re-submitted it and MTV added it to their rotation.
Here’s the song “Destined To Win” from DeGarmo & Key’s 1985 “Commander Sozo and the Charge of the Light Brigade” album.
This is the original version of the video “Six, Six, Six” from the 1984 album “Communication.”
Also from the 1985 “Commander Sozo,” here’s “Casual Christian.”
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