The Dittilies began in the 1970's as a talent show skit at Bentley High School in Livonia, Michigan. From that humble beginning, the band grew through the decades, from bars around Detroit to international concerts in Canada and Bermuda and event stages in New York City and Nashville. Many fondly recall the Dittilies as a staple on Boblo Boat moonlight cruises and on Mackinac Island for the Port Huron to Mackinac boat races. In 2002, the legislature of the State of Michigan declared Steve King ("The Wayne Newton of Wayne County") and the Dittilies as "Michigan's Official Band".