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Dion

Bridging the era between late-'50s rock and the British Invasion, Dion DiMucci (born July 18, 1939) was one of the top white rock singers of his time, blending the best elements of doo wop, teen idol, and R&B styles. Some revisionists have tried to cast him as a sort of early blue-eyed soul figure, although he was probably more aligned with pop/rock, at first as the lead singer of the Belmonts, and then as a solo star. Drug problems slowed him down in the mid-'60s, yet he made some surprisingly interesting progressions into blues-rock and folk-rock as the decade wore on, culminating in a successful comeback in the late '60s, although he was unable to sustain its commercial and artistic momentum for long.

When Dion began recording in the late '50s, it was as the lead singer of a group of friends who sang on Bronx street corners. Billing themselves as Dion & the Belmonts (Dion had released a previous single with the Timberlanes), their first few records were prime Italian-American doo wop; "I Wonder Why" was their biggest hit in this style. His biggest single with the Belmonts was "A Teenager in Love," which pointed the way for the slightly self-pitying, pained odes to adolescence and early adulthood that would characterize much of his solo work.

Dion went solo in 1960 (the Belmonts did some more doo wop recordings on their own), moving from doo wop to more R&B/pop-oriented tunes with great success. He handled himself with a suave, cocky ease on hits like "The Wanderer," "Runaround Sue," "Lovers Who Wander," "Ruby Baby," and "Donna the Prima Donna," which cast him as either the jilted, misunderstood youngster or the macho lover, capable of handling anything that came his way (especially on "The Wanderer").

In 1963, Dion moved from Laurie to the larger Columbia label, an association that started promisingly with a couple of big hits right off the bat, "Ruby Baby" and "Donna the Prima Donna." By the mid-'60s, his heroin habit (which he'd developed as a teenager) was getting the best of him, and he did little recording and performing for about five years. When he did make it into the studio, he was moving in some surprisingly bluesy directions; although much of it was overlooked or unissued at the time, it can be heard on the Bronx Blues reissue CD.

In 1968, he kicked heroin and re-emerged as a gentle folk-rocker with a number four hit single, "Abraham, Martin and John." Dion would focus upon mature, contemporary material on his late-'60s and early-'70s albums, which were released to positive critical feedback, if only moderate sales. The folk phase didn't last long; in 1972 he reunited with the Belmonts and in the mid-'70s cut a disappointing record with Phil Spector as producer. He recorded and performed fairly often in the years that followed (sometimes singing Christian music), to indifferent commercial results. But his critical rep has risen steadily since the early '60s, with many noted contemporary musicians showering him with praise and citing his influence, such as Dave Edmunds (who produced one of his periodic comeback albums) and Lou Reed (who guested on that record). Dion continued to be active as the 21st century opened, releasing Déjà Nu in 2000, Under the Influence in 2005, and Bronx in Blue in 2006. His first major-label album since 1989's Yo Frankie, titled Son of Skip James, was released by Verve in 2007, while 2008's Heroes: Giants of Early Guitar Rock saw him tackling 15 songs from the classic rock & roll era. Influenced by a conversation with rock critic Dave Marsh about his long and still relevant career, and a dare from his wife Susan to prove it, Dion cut Tank Full of Blues, producing and playing the guitars himself on the recording and writing or co-writing all but one track on the set. Issued on Blue Horizon, it is the final recording in the trilogy that began with Bronx in Blue.

Dion signed to Instant Records in 2015 and immediately set to recording a new studio album. Entitled New York Is My Home, its first single and title track a duet with Paul Simon was pre-released in November digitally and as a striking video. The album was issued in the winter of 2016. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Born To Be With You / Streetheart

1. Born To Be With You

2. Make The Woman Love Me

3. Your Own Back Yard

4. (He's Got) The Whole World In His Hands

5. Only You Know

6. New York City Song

7. In And Out Of The Shadows

8. Good Lovin' Man

9. Baby Let's Stick Together

10. The Way You Do The Things You Do

11. Runaway Man

12. Queen Of 1959

13. If I Can Just Get Through Tonight

14. More To You (Than Meets The Eye)

15. You Showed Me What Love Is

16. Hey My Love

17. Oh The Night

18. I'll Give You All I've Got

19. Lover Boy Supreme

20. Streetheart

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Track List: Live At The Bitter End: August 1971

1. Mama, You've Been On My Mind (Live)

2. Brand New Morning (Live)

3. Too Much Monkey Business (Live)

4. Abraham, Martin And John (Live)

5. One Too Many Mornings (Live)

6. Blackbird (Live)

7. Sisters Of Mercy (Live)

8. Your Own Backyard (Live)

9. You Better Watch Yourself Aka Drinkin' That Wine (Live)

10. Don't Start Me Talkin' (Live)

11. Sunshine Lady (Live)

12. Sunniland (Live)

13. Sanctuary (Live)

14. Willigo (Live)

15. The Wanderer (Live)

16. Ruby Baby (Live)

17. Harmony Sound (Live)

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Track List: Ruby Baby

1. Ruby Baby

2. The End Of The World

3. Go Away Little Girl

4. Gonna Make It Alone

5. Fever

6. My Mammy

7. Will Love Ever Come My Way

8. The Loneliest Man In The World

9. You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)

10. He'll Only Hurt You

11. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

12. Unloved, Unwanted Me

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Track List: Donna The Prima Donna

1. Donna The Prima Donna

2. Can't We Be Sweethearts

3. Sweet, Sweet Baby

4. This Little Girl Of Mine

5. Flim Flam

6. Troubled Mind

7. This Little Girl

8. Oh Happy Day

9. You're Mine

10. Donna

11. I Can't Believe (That You Don't Love Me Anymore)

12. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw

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Track List: Complete 1960-1962 Laurie Sides

1. Lonely Teenager

2. Little Miss Blue

3. Havin' Fun

7. Somebody Nobody Wants

9. Runaround Sue

10. Runaway Girl

11. The Majestic

12. The Wanderer

13. Lovers Who Wander

14. (I Was) Born To Cry

15. Little Diane

16. Lost For Sure

17. Love Came To Me

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Track List: The Complete Laurie Singles

Disc 1

1. Lonely Teenager

2. Little Miss Blue

3. Havin' Fun

7. Somebody Nobody Wants

9. Runaround Sue

10. Runaway Girl

11. The Majestic

12. The Wanderer

13. Lovers Who Wander

14. (I Was) Born To Cry

15. Little Diane

16. Lost For Sure

17. Love Came To Me

Disc 2

1. Sandy

3. Come Go With Me

4. King Without A Queen

5. Lonely World

7. After The Dance

9. Shout

11. Abraham, Martin And John

12. Daddy Rollin' (In Your Arms)

13. Purple Haze

14. The Dolphins

15. From Both Sides Now

16. Sun Fun Song

17. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

18. He Looks A Lot Like Me

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Track List: Runaround Sue (Expanded Edition)

1. Runaround Sue

2. Somebody Nobody Wants

3. Dream Lover

4. Life Is But A Dream

5. The Wanderer

6. Runaway Girl

7. The Majestic

8. Little Star

9. Lonely World

10. In The Still Of The Night

11. Kansas City

12. Take Good Care Of My Baby

13. Where Or When

14. A Teenager In Love

17. I Wonder Why

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Track List: Tank Full Of Blues

1. Tank Full Of Blues

2. I Read It (In The Rolling Stone)

3. Holly Brown

4. Ride's Blues (For Robert Johnson)

5. Two Train

6. Do You Love Me Baby

7. You Keep Me Cryin'

8. My Michelle

9. My Baby's Cryin'

10. I'm Ready To Go

11. Bronx Poem

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Track List: Wonder Where I'm Bound

2. It'S All Over Now, Baby Blue

3. A Sunday Kind Of Love

5. 900 Miles

7. Southern Train

8. The Seventh Son

11. Baby, Please Don't Go

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Track List: Don't Start Me Talkin'

1. Spoonful

2. Sweet Papa Di

3. The Seventh Son

4. Two Ton Feather

5. You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover

6. Fever

7. Baby, Please Don't Go

8. Too Much Monkey Business

9. Chicago Blues

10. Kickin' Child

11. Work Song

12. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

13. Drop Down Baby

14. Don't Start Me Talkin'

15. Troubled Mind

16. Johnny B. Goode

17. All I Want to Do Is Live My Life

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Track List: Velvet & Steel

1. New Breed of Man

2. You Need a Love

3. Treasure of Love / You're My Child

4. Another Saturday Night In Heaven

5. Prayers

6. Simple Ironies

7. Just Talk to Him

8. I Love Jesus Now

9. Hymn to Him

10. There In Your Heart

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Track List: I Put Away My Idols

1. Here Is My Servant

2. Trust In the Lord

3. Day of the Lord

4. I Put Away My Idols

5. Daddy

6. Very Soon

7. They Won't Tell You

8. Healing

9. Give It Up and Surrender

10. My Prayer for You

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Track List: Heroes: Giants Of Early Guitar Rock

Disc 1

1. Summertime Blues

2. Come On, Let's Go

3. Rave On

4. Believe What You Say

5. Bye Bye Love

6. Be-Bop-A-Lula

7. Runaway

8. Jailhouse Rock

9. I Walk The Line

10. Blue Suede Shoes

11. Who Do You Love

12. Sweet Little Rock And Roller

13. Dream Baby

14. Shake, Rattle And Roll

15. The Wanderer

Disc 2
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Track List: The Essential Dion

4. Ruby Baby

5. Can't We Be Sweethearts

6. This Little Girl of Mine

7. Donna the Prima Donna

8. No One's Waiting For Me

9. Drip Drop

10. This Little Girl

11. Sweet, Sweet Baby

12. Kickin' Child

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Track List: Super Hits

1. Ruby Baby

2. Drip Drop

3. This Little Girl

4. Donna the Prima Donna

5. Johnny B. Goode

6. Be Careful of Stones That You Throw

7. Will Love Ever Come My Way

8. A Sunday Kind Of Love

9. Unloved, Unwanted Me

10. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

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Track List: The Road I'm On - A Retrospective

Disc 1

1. Can't We Be Sweethearts

2. Ruby Baby

3. Will Love Ever Come My Way

4. This Little Girl Of Mine

5. Sunday Kind Of Love

6. Gonna Make It Alone

7. This Little Girl

8. Fever

9. Donna The Prima Donna

10. Drip Drop

11. Baby Please Don't Go

12. 900 Miles

13. Work Song

14. Chicago Blues

15. The Road I'm On (Gloria)

Disc 2

2. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

3. Katie Mae

4. You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover

5. Johnny B. Goode

6. Spoonful

7. Kickin' Child

8. Drop Down Baby

9. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

10. Knowing I Won't Go Back There

11. My Love

12. Tomorrow Won't Bring The Rain

13. Time In My Heart For You

14. All I Want To Do Is Live My Life

16. Two Ton Feather

17. Born To Cry

18. You Move Me

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Track List: Lovers Who Wander

1. Lovers Who Wander

2. Come Go With Me

3. King Without A Queen

4. The Twist

5. Little Diane

6. Stagger Lee

7. Shout

8. Tonight, Tonight

9. (I Was) Born To Cry

10. Queen Of The Hop

11. Sandy

12. Lost For Sure

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Track List: Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965)

1. Can't We Be Sweethearts

2. Little Girl Of Mine

3. Oh Happy Day

4. A Sunday Kind Of Love

5. Will Love Ever Come My Way

6. Gonna Make It Alone

7. Ruby Baby

8. This Little Girl

9. Flim Flam

10. Donna The Prima Donna

11. Drip Drop

12. Troubled Mind

13. Sweet, Sweet Baby

14. Sweet Papa Di

15. Don't Start Me Talkin'

16. Spoonful

17. The Seventh Son

18. Kickin' Child

19. Two Ton Feather

20. Baby, I'm In The Mood For You

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Track List: Yo Frankie

1. King Of The New York Streets

2. And The Night Stood Still

3. Yo Frankie (She's All Right With Me)

4. I've Got To Get To You

5. Written On The Subway Wall/ Little Star

6. Drive All Night

7. Always In The Rain

8. Loving You Is Killing Me

9. Tower Of Love

10. Serenade

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Track List: Kingdom In the Street

1. Still In the Spirit

2. Crazy Too (Fallen In Love)

3. He Hears Them All

4. He's In You

5. Only God Can Make a Change

6. Daddy Says

7. Come to the Cross

8. You Can Do All Things (Through Christ)

9. I've Come Too Far

10. You Only Go 'Round Once

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Track List: Dion

1. Abraham, Martin And John

2. Purple Haze

3. Tomorrow Is A Long Time / Everybody's Talkin'

4. (You Better Watch Yourself) Sonny Boy

5. The Dolphins

6. He Looks A Lot Like Me

7. Sun Fun Song

8. From Both Sides Now

9. Sisters Of Mercy

10. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

11. Daddy Rollin' (In Your Arms)

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Track List: Runaround Sue

1. Runaround Sue

2. Somebody Nobody Wants

3. Dream Lover

4. Life Is But A Dream

5. The Wanderer

6. Runaway Girl

7. The Majestic

8. Little Star

9. Lonely World

10. In The Still Of The Night

11. Kansas City

12. Take Good Care Of My Baby

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The True Best song from Dion is the Wanderer
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I could see myself on a good day cruising in a bel air every time I hear this
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The wander is the best song ever written. Hands down
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gtredlt4
Dion is amazing - love this song.
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Do not read this.You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life.Now that you've started reading this don't stop.But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck .Put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes
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The best song is teenager in love
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Runaround sue
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The golden year of America
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Bristol stomp
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marcelloshar r a i
Taking me back
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You are so Right Alexa Estrada you love the king l love the king to
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I love Dion Dimucci and Elvis Presley the most! ������
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Love him❤️❤️❤️���
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keithwdragon
Yes exactly
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Here's my story its sad but true it's about a girl that I once new
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Yea he is
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Isn't he still alive?
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deroncoy
Tear open my shirt and I've got Rosie on my chest, DION ROCKS!!!
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Dion's best music was with the Belmonts. His first few singles he did very well, but like all groups, when a lead singer leaves it is very tough to go as a single. I still like him, but his later albums were tough to follow. I guess, I'll always be a Doo Wop fan.
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Dion no the belmonts are always on (so popular)
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Half these comments are about Fallout 4 LOL
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Fav signer ������������
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Love Fallout 4
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Ah, fallout 4 anyone
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Classic Rock n' Roll!!
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I like this song
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I agree but this is good
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I enjoy Dion's Blues Music only. I wish I could bring the Blues & separate the rock. There is A Dion & then a Dion & Belmont Station. They could be separated ?
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He did that SONG to honor those man
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His early music was great, but I was sick of Abraham, Martin & John by the second time I heard it.
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Love the man
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Keep away from run around Sue!
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Classic
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taramvanbusk i r k
SAY iPhone 5 times say a color and look under your pillow
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Dion, along with Bobby Darin, was one of the exceptions to the Teen Idol craze that almost killed rock and roll after Buddy Holly's death. Dion actually could sing R&B, blues and folk besides the Pop hits that put money in the bank account and - unfortunatel y - smack in the veins. He rebounded very well in 1968.
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He's kinda cute and I love dream lover sorry let me say that agin DREAM LOVER
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This reminds me of fallout 4, and he does drugs?
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Abraham, Martin and John, get chills every time I hear this tune!
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Just come and go lol
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LoL
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It pisses me off when such a talent turns to drugs and does not appreciate the God Given talent he has..
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Amazing music!
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Classic timeless!
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No matter what. Still getting it done
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Probably because of all the Heroin
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Look at that album cover and the title if he is sick over runaround Sue what what does he look like if something really bad happened !!!
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In the still of t
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