In 1964 he tried his luck in the Los Angeles music scene.
In 1966 he moved to Nashville: he toured with The Statesiders, did session work and wrote songs. Johnny Cash had a hit with Feller’s "Any Old Wind That Blows" in 1972; Jerry Reed recorded "The Lady is a Woman" and "One Sweet Reason". "Lord, Mr. Ford" – the last was a number-one hit in 1973. Feller’s first album came out some months later.
He spent time at the Chelsea Hotel in New York in the mid-1970s.
Feller and Jerry Reed did the music for the film Smokey and the Bandit, 1977. John Denver had a hit with Feller’s "Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)".
Feller has 400 published songs, received 10 BMI Music Awards for most performed songs of various years including two “Million-air” awards for songs that have played over a million times in broadcast play in North America alone, and has lectured at several universities.
In the 2010s, Feller relocated to Las Vegas, transitioned at the age of 70 and became Deena Kaye Rose, and published her autobiography.
*not Deena Rose the preacher
Albums (under the name Dick Feller)
Dick Feller Wrote, 1973
No Word on me, 1974
Some Days Are Diamonds, 1975
Audiograph Alive, 1982
Centaur of Attention, 2001.
- Deena Kaye Rose. Some Days Are Diamonds: The Transgender Journey of Nashville Songwriter Dick Feller. CreateSpace, 2014.
- “Deena Kaye Rose’s Book “Some Days are Diamonds” Will Take You Back to the Chelsea Hotel in the mid-70s”. Hotel Chelsea Blog, April 18, 2016. http://www.chelseahotelblog.com/living_with_legends_the_h/2016/04/deena-kaye-roses-book-some-days-are-diamonds-will-take-you-back-to-the-chelsea-hotel-in-the-mid-70s.html.
- Rob Schlegel. “Singer/songwriter Deena Kaye Rose performs And discusses being trans in the music industry”. RobLasVegasBlog, May 23, 2016. https://roblasvegas.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/singersongwriter-deena-kaye-rose-performs-and-discusses-being-trans-in-the-music-industry.
- Charlotte Robinson. “Deena Kaye Rose Talks Transgender Memoir Some Days Are Diamonds”. Huffington Post, 05/12/2016. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/charlotte-robinson/deena-kaye-rose-talks-tra_b_9902330.html.
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