DiMucci performing in New York
|Birth name||Dion Francis DiMucci|
July 18, 1939 |
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known mononymously as Dion, is an American singer, songwriter whose work has incorporated elements of doo-wop, rock and R&B styles—and, most recently, straight blues. He was one of the most popular American rock and roll performers of the pre-British Invasion era. He had 39 Top 40 hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s as a solo performer, with the Belmonts or with the Del Satins. He is best remembered for the singles "Runaround Sue", "The Wanderer", "Ruby Baby" and "Lovers Who Wander", among his other hits.
Dion's popularity waned in the mid-1960s. Toward the end of the decade, he shifted his style and produced songs with a more mature, contemplative feeling, such as "Abraham, Martin and John." He became popular again in the late 1960s and into the mid-1970s, and he has continued making music ever since. Critics who had dismissed his early work, pegging him as merely a teen idol, praised his later work, and noted the influence he has had on other musicians.
Dion was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Dion was born to an Italian-American family in the Bronx, New York. As a child, he accompanied his father, Pasquale DiMucci, a vaudeville entertainer, on tour, and developed a love of country music – particularly the work of Hank Williams. He also developed a fondness for the blues and doo-wop musicians he heard performing in local bars and on the radio. His singing was honed on the street corners and local clubs of the Bronx, where he and other neighborhood singers created a cappella riffs.
In early 1957, he auditioned for Bob and Gene Schwartz, who had just formed Mohawk Records. They recorded Dion singing lead on a song which had been arranged by Hugo Montenegro and pre-recorded with everything but the lead vocals. The backing vocals were by a group called "The Timberlanes", whom Dion had never met. The resulting single, "The Chosen Few," was released under the name Dion and the Timberlanes, and became a minor regional hit. Writing about this experience later, in his autobiography, The Wanderer, Dion said that he had never met the Timberlanes and didn't even know who they were. "The vocal group was so white bread, I went back to my neighborhood and I recruited a bunch of guys – three guys – and we called ourselves Dion and the Belmonts."
Bob and Gene Schwartz also signed Dion's friends, the Belmonts, (Carlo Mastrangelo, Fred Milano, and Angelo D'Aleo), a vocal group named for nearby Belmont Avenue, and teamed them, with Dion singing lead. The new group's breakthrough came in early 1958, when "I Wonder Why" (on their newly formed Laurie Records) made No. 22 on the U.S. charts. Dion said of the Belmonts; "I'd give 'em sounds. I'd give 'em parts and stuff. That's what 'I Wonder Why' was about. We kind of invented this percussive rhythmic sound. If you listen to that song, everybody was doing something different. There's four guys, one guy was doing bass, I was singing lead, one guy's going 'ooh wah ooh,' and another guy's doing tenor. It was totally amazing. When I listen to it today, oftentimes I think, 'man, those kids are talented.'"
Their initial hit was followed by "No One Knows" and "Don't Pity Me," which also charted the Billboard Top 100. This success won a place for Dion and the Belmonts on the ill-fated "The Winter Dance Party" tour with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson), Frankie Sardo, and other performers. On February 3, 1959, after a concert stop in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly and others decided to charter a flight to the next venue rather than travel on the tour bus. Dion was invited to accompany the group but decided that he did not want to spend $36 for the flight, as it was the same monthly rent his parents paid for his childhood apartment and he couldn't justify the indulgence. The plane crashed, killing all on board; Holly, Valens, Richardson, and the pilot Roger Peterson. Dion and the Belmonts continued on the tour, along with Frankie Sardo, while Bobby Vee, then an unknown artist, performed in Holly's place at the very next concert. Later, Jimmy Clanton, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian were added to replace the other now-deceased headliners.
Dion and the Belmonts' next single, "A Teenager in Love," was released in March 1959, eventually hitting No. 5 on the U.S. pop charts and No. 28 in the UK. The group's biggest hit, "Where or When," was released in November of that year, and reached No. 3 on the U.S. charts. However, in early 1960, Dion checked into hospital for heroin addiction, a problem he had had since his mid-teens. Further single releases for the group that year were less successful. There were musical, personal and financial differences between Dion and members of the Belmonts, and in October 1960, Dion decided to quit for a solo career. By the time of their breakup, all eight Laurie releases had charted on the Hot 100.
By the end of 1960, Dion had released his first solo album on Laurie, Alone with Dion, and the single "Lonely Teenager," which rose to No. 12 in the US charts. The name on his solo releases was simply "Dion." Follow-ups "Havin' Fun" and "Kissin' Game" had less success, and the signs were that Dion would drift onto the cabaret circuit. However, he then recorded, with a new vocal group, the Del-Satins, an up-tempo number co-written with Ernie Maresca. The record, "Runaround Sue," stormed up the U.S. charts, reaching No. 1 in October 1961, and No. 11 in the UK, where he also toured. "Runaround Sue" sold over a million copies, achieving gold disc status.
For the next single, Laurie promoted the A-side, "The Majestic," but it was the B-side, Maresca's "The Wanderer," which received more radio play and climbed swiftly up the charts to reach No. 2 in the U.S. in February 1962 and No. 10 in the UK (the 1976 re-release made the UK Top 20). "The Wanderer" has been used in the post-apocalyptic role-playing game Fallout 4, both in-game and in a trailer of the same name released in 2015.
By the end of 1961, Dion had become a major star, touring worldwide and making an appearance in the Columbia Pictures musical film Twist Around the Clock. He followed with a string of singles – "Lovers Who Wander" (No. 3), "Little Diane" (No. 8), "Love Came to Me" (No. 10) – in 1962, several of which he wrote or co-wrote. He also had successful albums with Runaround Sue and Lovers Who Wander.
At the end of 1962, Dion moved from Laurie to Columbia Records; he was the first rock and roll artist signed to the label, which was an anomaly considering that its then-A&R director, Mitch Miller, passionately loathed that particular genre of music. The first Columbia single, Leiber and Stoller's "Ruby Baby" (originally a hit for the Drifters) reached No. 2, while "Donna the Prima Donna" and "Drip Drop" (another remake of a Drifters hit) both reached No. 6 in late 1963. (Dion also recorded an Italian version of "Donna the Prima Donna" using the identical backup vocals.) His other Columbia releases were less successful, and problems with his addiction and changing public tastes, especially The British Invasion, saw a period of commercial decline.
Following a European tour, Dion returned to the U.S. and was introduced to classic blues by Columbia’s John Hammond. To the consternation of his management, he began recording more blues-oriented material, including Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Spoonful," but these releases – some produced by Tom Wilson, with Al Kooper on keyboards – were not commercially successful. In 1965, still with Columbia, Dion formed a new group to back him, The Wanderers, composed of John Falbo on guitar, Pete Baron (Pete Falciglia) on bass, and Carlo Mastrangelo of The Belmonts on drums. They made national appearances on Dick Clark's, Where The Action Is, and The Lloyd Thaxton Show. A number of self-penned tracks were recorded and released unsuccessfully as singles, and did not appear in album format until years later. In June 1965 he recorded fellow Columbia Records's contemporary Bob Dylan's composition "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" a half-year before Them (featuring Van Morrison)'s hit version.
In 1966–67, Dion briefly reunited with The Belmonts, recording the LP Together Again for ABC Records. The album was unsuccessful, despite one classic self-penned song, "My Girl the Month of May." Two singles were released from the LP. While neither charted in the United States, they fared better in the UK. "My Girl The Month of May" entered the "Radio London Fab 40" top ten at No. 9 the week of December 25, 1966. One reviewer stated, "some British radio DJs gave it a lot of airplay at the time." The follow up, "Movin' Man," reached No. 17 on the "Radio London" charts on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1967. "My Girl The Month of May" was later covered by English artists Alan Bown in 1967, and The Bunch (featuring Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention) in April 1972. During their brief mid 60's reunion, Dion and the Belmonts appeared on the popular "Clay Cole Show" performing "Berimbau" and "My Girl The Month of May," and occasionally performed at local New York City clubs such as "The Mardi Gras" on Staten Island (April 29, 1967) before disbanding. While Dion's career appeared to be nearing an end, he still retained enough credibility to be, along with Bob Dylan, one of only two rock artists featured on the album cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967.
In April 1968, Dion experienced what he identified as a powerful religious experience. After getting clean once again from heroin addiction, an experience he documented in his 1970 song "Your Own Backyard," he approached Laurie Records for a new contract. They agreed on condition that he record the song "Abraham, Martin & John," written by Dick Holler (also the writer of the Royal Guardsmen's "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron") in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 and those of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy during the spring of 1968. The success of this song – released by Dion in August 1968 and later recorded by many others including Marvin Gaye – which reached No. 4 in the US charts and No. 1 in Canada, resuscitated Dion's career. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
For the next few years, Dion's music became radically different, moving to more contemplative and mature material. He released several albums essentially as a singer-songwriter, to moderate sales, moving to the Warner Brothers label in 1969.
There followed a live reunion show with the Belmonts at Madison Square Garden on June 2, 1972, which was recorded and released as a live album by Warner. A year later, in 1973, Dion and the original Belmonts performed once more, doing a sold out concert at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York. However, no recording of the 1973 reunion was ever released. This was followed in 1975 by the album Born to Be with You produced by Phil Spector. The album was a commercial failure, but has been subsequently praised by such artists as Jason Pierce of Spiritualized and Pete Townshend of The Who and the track 'Only You Know' was sampled by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker for his single "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" from his 2006 solo album Jarvis.
In 1978, Dion released an album drawing on many of his teenage influences, Return of the Wanderer, another commercial failure.
In December 1979, there was a radical spiritual change in Dion, who had become a born-again Christian. Thereafter, his recordings for several years were in a contemporary Christian vein, in which he released five albums on the DaySpring Records label, a division of Word Records in Waco, Texas. These albums reflecting his evangelical Christian convictions were Inside Job (1980), Only Jesus (1981), I Put Away My Idols (1983) which charted at No. 37, Seasons (1984), Kingdom in the Streets (1985) and Velvet & Steel (1986). Several singles were successfully released to Christian radio, notably "Still in the Spirit" from Kingdom in the Streets.
In 1984, Dion won the GMA Dove Award (Christian Music Award) for the album I Put Away My Idols. He was also nominated for Grammy Award for Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Male for the same album.
On September 24, 1985, Dion was a guest on 100 Huntley Street.
In 1987, Dion agreed to do a concert of his old hits at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The two disc CD of this concert was released in 2005, featuring concert photos by Dion's friend, Michael J. Friedman. This concert helped free him to celebrate both his past and his future, and led to a series of special appearances, including a fundraiser for homeless medical relief. There he shared the stage with fans such as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Lou Reed, all of whom cited Dion as one of their prime influences.
In 1988, Dion's autobiography (co-authored by Davin Seay) titled The Wanderer: Dion's Story was published.
In 1989, DiMucci returned to rock music with the contemporary album Yo Frankie, which included appearances by Paul Simon, Lou Reed, k.d. lang, Patty Smyth and Bryan Adams. Produced by Dave Edmunds (who also played guitar on the album), "Yo Frankie has a sharp sound while never losing sight of Dion's soulful, doo-wop voice." Overall, "the relevant and nostalgic statement from an artist who helped forge rock & roll's first wave" found his way back on radio and in music videos during this period (both on VH1 and MTV), as well as touring.
|World Over - Dion DiMucci, his life and music - Raymond Arroyo with Dion DiMucci - 08-11-2011, 56:30, EWTN|
Dion was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 (with a moving introduction by Lou Reed). Controversially, when Dion's solo induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame occurred, the other original members of the Belmonts, (Carlo Mastrangelo, Fred Milano, and Angelo D'Aleo) were not inducted, and as of 2014, have yet to be. In a Billboard Magazine article, dated January 3, 2012, it was stated: "There was strife between DiMucci and Belmonts members, who were not pleased when DiMucci was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without them in 1989." 
In the late 1990s, Dion visited his old Bronx parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and returned to Catholicism. Sparking Dion's reversion to Catholicism was "a chance viewing of the Journey Home program on EWTN." On May 1, 2006, Dion appeared on The Journey Home program and discussed his wanderings from Catholicism to Protestantism and back again.
DiMucci joined Scott Kempner and Frank Funaro of the Del-Lords and Mike Mesaros of the Smithereens in a short-lived band called Little Kings. A live album was later released, but not widely circulated or promoted.
Dion has released several albums with contemporary rock artists. His Déjà Nu album in 2000 found him covering Bruce Springsteen, a major follower over the years. He joined Bruce Springsteen onstage in Miami in 2002 for a performance of "If I Should Fall Behind" from Dream on Fire.
In October 2008, DiMucci released Heroes: Giants of Early Guitar Rock, an album of his covers of early rock and roll songs he considers seminal to the genre. The album includes versions of songs originally recorded by Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Cash and many other early rock guitarists.
Now a practicing Roman Catholic, Dion pursues prison ministry and reaches out to men going through addiction recovery. He was a member of the American board of directors of Renewal Ministries in 2004. He currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida, and New York City.
On January 24, 2012, Dion released a new album, Tank Full of Blues.
In 2015, he released a single, New York Is My Home, with Paul Simon. Dion had previously worked with Simon on his 1989 hit Written on the Subway Wall. The single was followed by the album New York Is My Home, released February 12, 2016.
Dion is planning four concerts in the U.S. during spring 2016. Dion was invited as a keynote speaker for the 2016 SXSW in Texas. He spoke on the topic A Conversation with Dion: Rock's Enduring Voice on March 17, 2016.
In May 2017, Dion released Kickin' Child: The Lost Album 1965, songs recorded in 1965 when he was with Columbia, who did not release them; the current is album is from Norton Records.
Also released in May 2017 was Richard Barone's Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s on which Dion performs a duet of his 1964 song "The Road I'm On (Gloria)" with Barone. The album is a celebration of the New York City scene that Dion was part of during that pivotal era.
In a December 9, 2011 article in The New York Times, Dion and his collaborator, writer/director Charles Messina, discussed details about the project, titled The Wanderer: The Life and Music of Dion, revealing that it will focus on the years between 1957 until the late 60s and will feature more than 20 songs from that era as well as new, original music. In the article, Dion gave his perspective on the story: "You know, I always saw my story as a young Sopranos with great music and a Rocky Graziano Somebody Up There Likes Me ending. It's a story of redemption. A rock and roll redemption story!"
|Year||Album||Billboard 200||Record label|
|1958||Presenting Dion and the Belmonts||–||Laurie Records|
|1961||Wish Upon a Star with Dion and the Belmonts||–||Laurie Records|
|1967||Together Again||–||ABC Records|
|1973||Live at Madison Square Garden 1972||144||Warner Bros. Records|
|Year||Album||Billboard 200||Top Christian||Top Blues Albums||Independent Albums||Record label|
|1961||Runaround Sue||11||–||–||–||Laurie Records|
|Alone with Dion||–||–||–||–|
|1962||Lovers Who Wander||12||–||–||–|
|1963||Dion Sings to Sandy||115||–||–||–|
|Ruby Baby||20||–||–||–||Columbia Records|
|Donna the Prima Donna||–||–||–||–|
|Love Come to Me||–||–||–||–||Laurie Records|
|1969||Wonder Where I'm Bound||–||–||–||–||Columbia Records|
|1970||Sit Down Old Friend||–||–||–||–||Warner Bros. Records|
|1971||You're Not Alone||–||–||–||–|
|1972||Suite For Late Summer||197||–||–||–|
|1975||Born to Be with You||–||–||–||–||Phil Spector International Records|
|1976||Streetheart||–||–||–||–||Warner Bros. Records|
|1978||Return of the Wanderer||–||–||–||–||Lifesong Records|
|1979||Fire in the Night||–||–||–||–||Ace Records|
|1980||Inside Job||–||–||–||–||DaySpring Records|
|1983||I Put Away My Idols||–||37||–||–|
|1985||Kingdom in the Streets||–||–||–||–||Myrrh Records|
|1986||Velvet and Steel||–||–||–||–||DaySpring Records|
|1989||Yo Frankie||130||–||–||–||Arista Records|
|1993||Rock N' Roll Christmas||–||–||–||–||The Right Stuff Records|
|2000||Déjà Nu||–||–||–||–||Ace Records|
|2003||New Masters||–||–||–||–||Collectables Records|
|2006||Bronx in Blue||–||–||2||–||SPV Records|
|2007||Son of Skip James||–||–||4||–|
|2011||Tank Full of Blues||–||–||3||42||Blue Horizon Records|
|2016||New York Is My Home||–||–||3||–|
|Year||Album||Billboard 200||Record label|
|1962||Dion Sings His Greatest Hits||29||Laurie Records|
|1964||More of Dion's Greatest Hits||–|
|1973||Dion's Greatest Hits||194||Columbia Records|
|1976||Everything You Always Wanted to Hear by Dion and the Belmonts But Couldn't Get||-||Laurie Records|
|1991||Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965)||–||Columbia Records|
|1997||The Road I'm On: A Retrospective||–||Columbia/Legacy|
|Release date||Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
|US record label and number||Chart Positions||Album|
|US Hot 100||US AC||UK Singles Chart||US R&B|
b/w "Teenage Clementine"
|Mohawk 106||Non-album tracks|
b/w "We Went Away"
|1958||"I Wonder Why"
b/w "Teen Angel" (from Dion Sings His Greatest Hits)
|Laurie 3013||22||Presenting Dion and The Belmonts|
|"No One Knows"
b/w "I Can't Go On (Rosalie)" (from Together)
|"Don't Pity Me"
b/w "Just You"
|1959||"A Teenager in Love"
b/w "I've Cried Before"
|"A Lover's Prayer" /||Laurie 3035||73||Wish Upon A Star With Dion and The Belmonts|
|"Every Little Thing I Do"||48||Together|
|1960||"Where or When"
b/w "That's My Desire"
|Laurie 3044||3||19||Presenting Dion and The Belmonts|
|"When You Wish Upon a Star"
b/w "Wonderful Girl" (from Presenting Dion and The Belmonts)
|Laurie 3052||30||Wish Upon A Star With Dion and The Belmonts|
|"In the Still of the Night"
b/w "A Funny Feeling" (from Presenting Dion and The Belmonts)
b/w "My Girl The Month of May"
|ABC 10868||Together Again|
b/w "Movin' Man"
|Release date||Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
|US record label and number||Chart Positions||Album|
|US Hot 100||US AC||UK Singles Chart||US R&B|
b/w "Little Miss Blue"
|Laurie 3070||12||47||Alone With Dion|
b/w "North East End of the Corner"
b/w "Heaven Help Me"
|Laurie 3090||82||Love Came To Me|
|"Somebody Nobody Wants"
b/w "Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight" (from Love Came To Me)
|Laurie 3101||103||Runaround Sue|
b/w "Runaway Girl"
|"The Wanderer" /||Laurie 3115||2||10|
|1962||"Lovers Who Wander" /||Laurie 3123||3||16||Lovers Who Wander|
|"(I Was) Born To Cry"||42|
b/w "Lost For Sure"
|"Love Came to Me"
b/w "Little Girl"
|Laurie 3145||10||24||Love Came To Me|
b/w "He'll Only Hurt You"
|Columbia 42662||2||Ruby Baby|
b/w "Faith" (from Together)
|Laurie 3153||21||Dion Sings To Sandy|
|"This Little Girl"
b/w "The Loneliest Man in the World" (from Ruby Baby)
|Columbia 42776||21||Donna The Prima Donna|
|"Come Go With Me"
b/w "King Without A Queen"
|Laurie 3171||48||Lovers Who Wander|
|"Be Careful of Stones that You Throw"
b/w "I Can't Believe (That You Don't Love Me Anymore)"
|Columbia 42810||31||Donna The Prima Donna|
b/w "Tag Along" (Non-album track)
|Laurie 3187||101||More of Dion's Greatest Hits|
|"Donna the Prima Donna"
b/w "You're Mine"
|Columbia 42852||6||17||Donna The Prima Donna|
b/w "No One's Waiting For Me"
|Columbia 42917||6||Non-album tracks|
|1964||"Then I'll Be Tired of You"
b/w "After The Dance"
|Laurie 3225||Alone With Dion|
|"I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man"
b/w "The Road I'm On (Gloria)"
|Columbia 42977||113||Non-album tracks|
b/w "Little Girl" (from Love Came To Me)
|Laurie 3240||108||Lovers Who Wander|
|"Johnny B. Goode"
b/w "Chicago Blues"
|Columbia 43096||71||Non-album tracks|
|1965||"Unloved, Unwanted Me"
b/w "Sweet, Sweet, Baby" (from Donna The Prima Donna)
|Columbia 43213||Ruby Baby|
|Columbia 43293||Non-album tracks|
|"Tomorrow Won't Bring The Rain"
b/w "You Move Me Babe"
|"I Got The Blues"
b/w "(I Was) Born To Cry" (from Lovers Who Wander)
|1966||"Time in My Heart For You"
b/w "Wake Up Baby"
|"Two Ton Feather"
b/w "So Much Younger"
|1968||"Abraham, Martin and John"
b/w "Daddy Rollin' (In Your Arms)" (Non-album track)
b/w "The Dolphins"
|1969||"I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound"
b/w "Southern Train"
|Columbia 44719||Wonder Where I'm Bound|
|"From Both Sides Now"
b/w "Sun Fun Song"
|"He Looks A Lot Like Me"
b/w "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"
|"If We Only Have Love"
b/w "Natural Man"
|Warner Bros. 7356||Sit Down Old Friend|
|1970||"Your Own Back Yard"
b/w "Sit Down Old Friend" (from Sit Down Old Friend)
|Warner Bros. 7401||75||Born To Be With You|
|1971||"Close To It All"
b/w "Let It Be"
|Warner Bros. 7469||You're Not Alone|
|Warner Bros. 7491|
b/w "Brand New Morning"
|Warner Bros. 7537||103||Sanctuary|
|1972||"Running Close Behind You"
b/w "Sea Gull"
|Warner Bros. 7663||Suite For Late Summer|
|1973||"Doctor Rock and Roll"
b/w "Sunshine Lady" (from Sanctuary)
|Warner Bros. 7704||Non-album track|
|1974||"New York City Song"
b/w "Richer Than A Rich Man" (Non-album track)
|Warner Bros. 7793||Born To Be With You|
|1975||"Make The Woman Love Me"
b/w "Running Close Behind You" (from Suite For Late Summer)
|1976||"Born To Be With You"
b/w "Good Lovin' Man"
|Big Tree/Spector 16063|
b/w "Little Diane"
|Philips 6146 700 (UK)||16||Dion's Greatest Hits (UK)|
|"Hey My Love"
b/w "Lover Boy Supreme"
|Warner Bros. 8234||Streetheart|
|"The Way You Do The Things You Do"
b/w "Lover Boy Supreme"
|Warner Bros. 8258|
|"Queen Of '59"
b/w "Oh The Night"
|Warner Bros. 8293|
|1977||"Young Virgin Eyes (I'm All Wrapped Up)"
b/w "Oh The Night" (from Streetheart)
|Warner Bros. 8406||Non-album track|
|1978||"Heart of Saturday Night"
b/w "You've Awakened Something in Me"
|Lifesong 1765||Return of the Wanderer|
|"Midtown American Main Street Gang"
b/w "Guitar Queen"
|"(I Used To Be A) Brooklyn Dodger"
b/w "Streetheart Theme"
|1980||"Fire in the Night"
b/w "Street Mama"
|Lifesong 45082||Non-album tracks|
|Dayspring 618||Inside Job|
|Dayspring 622||Only Jesus|
|1983||"Day of the Lord"
|Dayspring 632||I Put Away My Idols|
|"I Put Away My Idols"
|1984||"Golden Sun, Silver Moon"
|1985||"Still in the Spirit"
|Myrrh 9016382151||Kingdom in the Streets|
|Dayspring 9016676155||Velvet and Steel|
|1989||"And the Night Stood Still"
b/w "Tower of Love"
|Arista 9797||75||16||Yo Frankie|
|1989||"King of the New York Streets"
b/w "The Wanderer" (Non-album track)
|1989||"Written on the Subway Wall"/"Little Star" with Paul Simon
"King of the New York Streets"
b/w "And The Night Stood Still"/"Tower of Love"
|1990||"Sea Cruise" (From "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane")
|Elektra 8191||28||The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (soundtrack)|
|1993||"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
b/w "Jingle Bell Rock"
|The Right Stuff 17651||Rock 'N Roll Christmas|
|1997||"Please Come Home For Christmas"
b/w "Wintertime" (Non-album track)
|The Right Stuff 19769|
|2015||"New York Is My Home" (with Paul Simon)||New York Is My Home|
Unterberger writes, "his critical rep has risen steadily since the early '60s, with many noted contemporary musicians showering him with praise and citing his influence."
Recorded live at the Tropicana, Atlantic City.
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