Fox formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1985
when founder "Dizzy" Dean Davidson hooked up with ex-Cinderella
guitarist Michael Kelly Smith. With the addition of bassist Billy
Childs and original drummer Tony "Stix" Destra, the
band was complete.
named themselves "Britny Fox" because Dean had a family
tree from Wales England and one of his relatives was named Brittney
Fox. "Dizzy" Dean got his name because he went totally
nuts in the shows when BF played clubs before they became famous.
Brian Kushner nicknamed him after a pro baseball player.
immediately hit the road, playing up and down the East Coast in
clubs and bars. As their following began to increase, and their
demo recording In America began to get noticed, they were signed
by Columbia Records.
Tony Destra was killed in a car accident, and was replaced by
Johnny Dee (formerly John DeTiodoro). Dee had been in a band called
"Waysted," the brainchild of UFO bassist Pete Way. The
band put out three albums before adding Johnny Dee for their fourth,
Save Your Prayers, which came out two years before Britny Fox's
Fox's self-titled debut was one of the most successful premieres
of the 1988-89 season, selling about one million copies and bringing
more than 625,000 fans to their 130+ shows. They also won Metal
Edge Magazine's 1988 Reader's Choice Award for Best New Band.
In Heat, the band's second album was released in 1989. "The
intent of this album was to keep the style and sound the same,
but slicken up the production and explore more emotional topics,"
explained Michael Kelly Smith. "We were able to do all that
with the help of [producer} Neil Kernon."
it was a great album, it sold roughly half as many as it's predecessor.
Soon after, singer and principal songwriter "Dizzy"
Dean Davidson left the band to form Blackeyed Susan, leaving the
rest of the band searching for a new lead singer.
listening to hundreds of demos, the band finally selected Tommy
Paris. With the help of famous names like Poison's Rikki Rockett
and Ozzy's Zakk Wylde, they released the hard rockin' Bite Down
Hard. Although it sold only about half as much as its predecessor,
it was an album of tremendous growth. Unfortunately, the band
broke up after the album ran its course.
1998, drummer Johnny Dee teamed up with singer Tommy Paris to
form a new band, Uncle Edna. They released a self-titled EP which
is currently up for sale on the band's web site.
Davidson, on the other hand, recorded his own solo demo album
under the name Jarod Dean. His album, A Weekend Soul Massage,
helped get him signed to a record deal; soon after he dropped
the stage name of Jarod Dean and started the band Love Saves the
Day. Look for a new album to be released in 2001.
mid 2000, Britny Fox reunited under lead singer Tommy Paris for
a mini-tour of some east coast clubs. They recorded these shows
for a live album, Long Way to LIVE, released in February of 2001.