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The Music of Dion

This American singer and songwriter’s music includes the doo-wop sound mixed in with rock and R&B styles. He became a popular singer just before the British Invasion came on the scene and had around a dozen Top 40 hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His full name is Dion Francis DiMucci but he is known to his fans simply as Dion. Two of his most popular and well-known songs are “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer”. Dion was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Dion began his career as Dion and the Belmonts and they rose to stardom with “I Wonder Why”. One of their most popular and memorable singles was “A Teenager in Love” which rose up on the U.S. pop charts and U.K. charts. Their next hit was “Where or When”. It was in the early 1960s that Dion had to be hospitalized for his addiction to heroin. Afterward, the Belmonts scored no more hits and Dion decided to embark on a solo career. At the time of the break-up of Dion and the Belmonts, eight of their singles were charted on the Hot 100.

Finally, at the end of the 1960s, Dion had his first solo album released and a runaway hit single “Lonely Teenager” which hit number 12 on the U.S. charts. During this time Dion released a song which is still popular today and hit number 2 in the U.S. and number 10 in the U.K. the song was “The Wanderer”. In 1966-67 Dion had a short reunion with the Belmonts and together they recorded the album Together Again however it wasn’t very successful. In 1972 the Belmonts had a reunion show at Madison Square Garden in New York City which was followed by another concert in 1973 at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island in New York.

Dion continues to sing and perform and he released a new album in 2012 called Tank Full of Blues.


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