World Over - Dion DiMucci, his life and music - Raymond Arroyo with Dion DiMucci - 08-11-2011
World Over - Dion DiMucci, his life and music - Raymond Arroyo with Dion DiMucci - 08-11-2011
Published: 2011/08/12
Channel: EWTN
1961 Dion-Runaround Sue
1961 Dion-Runaround Sue
Published: 2015/02/20
Channel: Giorgi Shonia
Published: 2018/01/04
Channel: Vintage JukeBox - Don't Stop The Music
Dion DiMucci "Sweet Surrender" (1980)
Dion DiMucci "Sweet Surrender" (1980)
Published: 2014/08/31
Channel: Gospel Galaxy
Jimmy Vivino
Jimmy Vivino's NYC Blues Review ft Dion DiMucci - King Of New York Streets - 9-6-17 BB King, NYC
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: sgibson818
Dion - I Put Away My idols
Dion - I Put Away My idols
Published: 2012/05/30
Channel: TopekaRoy
The Wanderer (Live) by Dion DiMucci
The Wanderer (Live) by Dion DiMucci
Published: 2011/05/11
Channel: Mofromusic
American Bandstand 1975- Interview Dion DiMucci
American Bandstand 1975- Interview Dion DiMucci
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: AwardsShowNetwork
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: carlascucina
Runaround Sue and The Wanderer - Dion July 31, 2016
Runaround Sue and The Wanderer - Dion July 31, 2016
Published: 2016/08/01
Channel: Sean Roche
Dion - The Wanderer - HD - Video - Stereo Sound .
Dion - The Wanderer - HD - Video - Stereo Sound .
Published: 2012/09/06
Channel: kevinlunn01
Dion & The Belmonts : I Wonder Why
Dion & The Belmonts : I Wonder Why
Published: 2008/01/19
Channel: Mark Dale
Dion - I Wonder Why
Dion - I Wonder Why
Published: 2007/01/31
Channel: DoowopRick
Dion and Susan DiMucci
Dion and Susan DiMucci
Published: 2014/05/08
Channel: MomAndDad SixtiethAnniversary
Dion - Havin
Dion - Havin' Fun (STEREO)
Published: 2009/02/18
Channel: SirBasildeBrush
*Dion DiMucci* -  Somebody Nobody Wants
*Dion DiMucci* - Somebody Nobody Wants
Published: 2014/11/21
Channel: House Rockin Channel 50's
Dion Dimucci - Bronx Poem (from the Tank Full of Blues LP - 2012)
Dion Dimucci - Bronx Poem (from the Tank Full of Blues LP - 2012)
Published: 2014/10/20
Channel: John1948FourA
Dion & The Belmonts I Wonder Why 1958
Dion & The Belmonts I Wonder Why 1958
Published: 2009/08/14
Channel: DoowopRick
Paul Simon and Dion Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary shows
Paul Simon and Dion Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary shows
Published: 2010/12/14
Channel: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Dion - Now 1969
Dion - Now 1969
Published: 2013/12/04
Channel: יהודה גוטמורגן
Dion Live at the Tropicana in Atlantic City (2004) (Plus Bonus Clips)
Dion Live at the Tropicana in Atlantic City (2004) (Plus Bonus Clips)
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: DooWopDave
Dion Dimucci- Written On A Subway Wall
Dion Dimucci- Written On A Subway Wall
Published: 2009/01/18
Channel: bronxnroll
Dion - Tonight, Tonight
Dion - Tonight, Tonight
Published: 2009/02/04
Channel: robin haugsnes
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: The Music Channel
Dion - Love Came To Me
Dion - Love Came To Me
Published: 2009/08/13
Channel: renshaw8
Dion DiMucci - Donna The Prima Donna (HQ Stereo)
Dion DiMucci - Donna The Prima Donna (HQ Stereo)
Published: 2013/04/19
Channel: gimpus1956
Dion Dimucci - I
Dion Dimucci - I'm Your Gangster of Love
Published: 2016/03/12
Channel: Eyes Open
Dion DiMucci - Abraham, Martin & John (Live Nashville Now)
Dion DiMucci - Abraham, Martin & John (Live Nashville Now)
Published: 2011/08/22
Channel: Jason Sambataro
Dion-Yo Frankie
Dion-Yo Frankie
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: The Music Channel
Dion DiMucci  "Sandy"
Dion DiMucci "Sandy"
Published: 2016/01/16
Channel: catman916
Dion, 'I Wonder Why', Viva Las Vegas, 5th April 2015
Published: 2015/04/08
Channel: Roomatesgirl
Dion - Seasons (Full Album) 1984
Dion - Seasons (Full Album) 1984
Published: 2014/05/19
Channel: MC Online EN
Abraham, Martin and John by Dion w /Lyrics (HD)
Abraham, Martin and John by Dion w /Lyrics (HD)
Published: 2014/09/18
Channel: beachlover34698 (Leslie)
Dion - Runaround Sue (HD)
Dion - Runaround Sue (HD)
Published: 2015/03/26
Channel: Pan's Music
Dion Dimucci Train For Glory
Dion Dimucci Train For Glory
Published: 2012/07/03
Channel: PowderPuffbunny
"Early Career and Married Life" Dion DiMucci
"Early Career and Married Life" Dion DiMucci
Published: 2012/06/28
Channel: Franciscan University of Steubenville
I Wonder Why - Dion Dimucci 7/31/16  Bethel Woods,NY
I Wonder Why - Dion Dimucci 7/31/16 Bethel Woods,NY
Published: 2016/08/01
Channel: George Rittenhouse
Dion -  Dream Lover
Dion - Dream Lover
Published: 2011/08/09
Channel: Dions Doll
DION - Drip Drop
DION - Drip Drop
Published: 2014/03/12
Channel: DomoArigatoRobot
Dion DiMucci - The Wanderer
Dion DiMucci - The Wanderer
Published: 2016/11/20
Channel: Phil B
Dion DiMucci- Sunshine Lady.wmv
Dion DiMucci- Sunshine Lady.wmv
Published: 2011/05/18
Channel: Puddingsosse
Dion DiMucci ,Abraham Martin and John
Dion DiMucci ,Abraham Martin and John
Published: 2009/01/05
Channel: Davehenry55
Dion DiMucci on Oprah
Dion DiMucci on Oprah
Published: 2011/01/24
Channel: G W
DION DiMucci LRBC January 2010 "Ruby Baby"
DION DiMucci LRBC January 2010 "Ruby Baby"
Published: 2010/11/05
Channel: barbns2
Dion - Somebody Nobody Wants
Dion - Somebody Nobody Wants
Published: 2011/08/09
Channel: Dions Doll
Published: 2015/02/02
Channel: Dion
Dion DiMucci Turn Me Loose
Dion DiMucci Turn Me Loose
Published: 2013/06/30
Channel: ajack2boys
Dion - Donna The Prima Donna (2003)
Dion - Donna The Prima Donna (2003)
Published: 2016/07/26
Channel: DooWopDave
My Prayer for You - Dion DiMucci.flv
My Prayer for You - Dion DiMucci.flv
Published: 2008/11/01
Channel: Phillip Skiles
Lou Reed inducts Dion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - 1989
Lou Reed inducts Dion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - 1989
Published: 2014/05/14
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Dion DiMucci
DiMucci performing in New York
Background information
Birth name Dion Francis DiMucci
Born (1939-07-18) July 18, 1939 (age 78)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1957–present
Associated acts

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.[1]

Dion was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Early years[edit]

Dion was born to an Italian-American family in the Bronx, New York.[2] 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.[3] 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."[4]


With the Belmonts: 1957–1960[edit]

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" label) 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.'"[4]

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.[5][6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.

Solo stardom: 1960–1964[edit]

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,[7] where he also toured. "Runaround Sue" sold over a million copies, achieving gold disc status.[9]

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).[7] "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.

Changing fortunes: 1965–1968[edit]

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.[10]

Mature and Christian period: 1969–1986[edit]

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.[11] 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.

Return to secular music and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction and controversy: 1987–1999[edit]

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.[12] 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."[13] 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.[14][15][16][17]

External video
1987 Gibson Wanderer Custom - Dion DiMucci's Electric Guitar - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2014-12-30 12.21.15 by Sam Howzit).jpg
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).[18] 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.[19] 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." [20]

In the late 1990s, Dion visited his old Bronx parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and returned to Catholicism.[21] Sparking Dion's reversion to Catholicism was "a chance viewing of the Journey Home program on EWTN."[22] On May 1, 2006, Dion appeared on The Journey Home program and discussed his wanderings from Catholicism to Protestantism and back again.[23]

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.[24]

Most recent work: 2000s–2010s[edit]

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 2002, Dion was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "Runaround Sue." He continues to perform songs from his albums live; one concert in 2004 was recorded for release on DVD.[25]

In January 2006, Dion released Bronx in Blue, an album of blues and country standards, which was nominated for a Grammy. In November 2007 he issued a follow-up in similar vein, Son of Skip James.

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.[26] The album includes versions of songs originally recorded by Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Cash and many other early rock guitarists.[27]

In October 2009, Dion performed "The Wanderer" with Paul Simon at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert.[28]

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.[29] He currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida, and New York City.

On January 24, 2012, Dion released a new album, Tank Full of Blues.

As of 2015, Dion was still touring. On April 5, 2015, Dion performed "Donna the Prima Donna" live in Las Vegas.[30] On July 11, 2015, he held a concert in Westbury, New York.[31]

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.[32] The single was followed by the album New York Is My Home, released February 12, 2016.[33]

Dion is planning four concerts in the U.S. during spring 2016.[34] 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.[35]

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.[36]

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.

The Wanderer musical[edit]

On October 13, 2011, an industry-only reading of a new play about Dion's life was performed in New York City.[37]

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!"[38]

On December 16, 2017, DiMucci revealed that Michael Wartella would be starring in The Wanderer. There was a reading of the musical on November 2, 2017 and it continues to be worked on.[39][40]



Dion and the Belmonts[edit]

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
1968 Dion 128
1969 Wonder Where I'm Bound Columbia Records
1970 Sit Down Old Friend Warner Bros. Records
1971 You're Not Alone
Sanctuary 200
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
1981 Only Jesus
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

Compilation albums[edit]

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


Dion and the Belmonts

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[7] US R&B
1957 "Santa Margarita"
b/w "Teenage Clementine"
Mohawk 106 Non-album tracks
"Tag Along"
b/w "We Went Away"
Mohawk 107
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)
Laurie 3015 19 12
"Don't Pity Me"
b/w "Just You"
Laurie 3021 40
1959 "A Teenager in Love"
b/w "I've Cried Before"
Laurie 3027 5 28
"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)
Laurie 3059 38
1966 "Berimbau"
b/w "My Girl The Month of May"
ABC 10868 Together Again
1967 "For Bobbie"
b/w "Movin' Man"
ABC 10896


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[7] US R&B
1960 "Lonely Teenager"
b/w "Little Miss Blue"
Laurie 3070 12 47 Alone With Dion
1961 "Havin' Fun"
b/w "North East End of the Corner"
Laurie 3081 42
"Kissin' Game"
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
"Runaround Sue"
b/w "Runaway Girl"
Laurie 3110 1 11 4
"The Wanderer" / Laurie 3115 2 10
"The Majestic" 36
1962 "Lovers Who Wander" / Laurie 3123 3 16 Lovers Who Wander
"(I Was) Born To Cry" 42
"Little Diane"
b/w "Lost For Sure"
Laurie 3134 8
"Love Came to Me"
b/w "Little Girl"
Laurie 3145 10 24 Love Came To Me
"Ruby Baby"
b/w "He'll Only Hurt You"
Columbia 42662 2 Ruby Baby
1963 "Sandy"
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
"Lonely World"
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
"Drip Drop"
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
"Kickin' Child"
b/w "Spoonful"
Columbia 43293 Non-album tracks
"Tomorrow Won't Bring The Rain"
b/w "You Move Me Babe"
Columbia 43423
"I Got The Blues"
b/w "(I Was) Born To Cry" (from Lovers Who Wander)
Laurie 3303
1966 "Time in My Heart For You"
b/w "Wake Up Baby"
Columbia 43483
"Two Ton Feather"
b/w "So Much Younger"
Columbia 43692
1968 "Abraham, Martin and John"
b/w "Daddy Rollin' (In Your Arms)" (Non-album track)
Laurie 3464 4 Dion
"Purple Haze"
b/w "The Dolphins"
Laurie 3478 63
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"
Laurie 3495 91 Dion
"He Looks A Lot Like Me"
b/w "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"
Laurie 3504
"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
b/w "Josie"
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)
Warner/Spector 0403
1976 "Born To Be With You"
b/w "Good Lovin' Man"
Big Tree/Spector 16063
"The Wanderer"
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"
Lifesong 1770
"(I Used To Be A) Brooklyn Dodger"
b/w "Streetheart Theme"
Lifesong 1785
1980 "Fire in the Night"
b/w "Street Mama"
Lifesong 45082 Non-album tracks
"Sweet Surrender"
B-side unknown
Dayspring 618 Inside Job
1981 "The Best"
B-side unknown
Dayspring 622 Only Jesus
1983 "Day of the Lord"
B-side unknown
Dayspring 632 I Put Away My Idols
"I Put Away My Idols"
B-side unknown
Dayspring 633
1984 "Golden Sun, Silver Moon"
B-side unknown
Dayspring 9016294155 Seasons
1985 "Still in the Spirit"
B-side unknown
Myrrh 9016382151 Kingdom in the Streets
1986 "Simple Ironies"
B-side unknown
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)
Arista 662556 74
1989 "Written on the Subway Wall"/"Little Star" with Paul Simon[41]
"King of the New York Streets"
b/w "And The Night Stood Still"/"Tower of Love"
Arista 662910
1990 "Sea Cruise" (From "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane")
CD single
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[42][43]


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