Conny Van Dyke is a singer and actress, born September 28, 1945 in Nassawadox, Virginia to Benjamin and Charlotte Elizabeth Van Dyke.
Van Dyke began as a songwriter and recording artist for Wheelsville Records in Detroit, Michigan. She entered and won Teen Magazine‘s “Miss Teen USA” (unrelated to the current Miss Teen USA pageant) in 1960 and signed with Motown Records in 1961, making her one of the first white recording artists for the label. Her only Motown release appeared in early 1963 and featured the songs “It Hurt Me Too” (previously issued by Marvin Gaye) which featured on its B-Side, “Oh Freddy” produced and written by Smokey Robinson.
She was cast in Hell’s Angels ’69 with Tom Stern, Jeremy Slate, and original members of the Oakland Chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club. Her only sibling, Benjamin Van Dyke III, was killed in an auto accident near Salinas, CA in 1969. Shortly after Hell’s Angels ’69 she married Robert Page and gave birth to her son, Bronson Page. She continued to pursue recording, and released a self-titled album in 1972. She co-starred in W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings in 1975 with Burt Reynolds. Another album, “Conny Van Dyke Sings For You,” followed the film.
Van Dyke supported United Cerebral Palsy‘s telethons for over 25 years.