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Dion Francis DiMucci (b July 18, 1939), better known as Dion, is an Italian-American now widely recognized as one of the top vocalists of his era, blending the best elements of , traditional , and styles, as well as a forerunner in the development of .

Early years

Dion was born to an Italian-American family in the Bronx borough of New York City. As a child, he used to accompany his father, a vaudeville entertainer, on tour, and developed a love of country music – particularly Hank Williams – and the blues and doo-wop stars he heard in local bars and on the radio. His singing abilities were honed on the street corners of Crotona Avenue, where he rounded up other local singers inventing acapella licks, and in local clubs.

In early 1957 he auditioned for Bob and Gene Schwartz, who had just formed Mohawk Records. They recorded him with a vocal group, The Timberlanes, and released a single “The Chosen Few”, arranged by Hugo Montenegro, which became a minor regional hit.

With the Belmonts, 1957-1960

Schwartz also signed up Dion’s friends, The Belmonts, named after nearby Belmont Avenue. Their breakthrough together came in early 1958, when “I Wonder Why” made # 22 on the national US charts, followed up with “No One Knows” and “Don’t Pity Me” which were also chart hits.

This success won Dion and the Belmonts a place on the “Winter Dance Party” tour with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. On 2 February 1959, after playing at Clear Lake, Iowa, Dion decided that he could not afford the $36 cost of a flight to the next venue [1]. The plane crashed, and Holly and the other stars were killed.


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  • Dingbat1991

    Quite surprised how many songs I recognized from this guy.

    8 Apr 4:47pm Reply
  • evanisreallyok

    You sir are a lying piece of crap. First you say that you flipped the coin with Valens and now you are saying you flipped it with The Big Bopper. Bob Hale the DJ that night is able to back up Tommy Allsups story that he flipped the coin yet nobody is able to back up yours.

    4 Feb 2:37am Reply
  • Isaaa_cx

    ♡ Dion. Bob Dylan once said: "If you want to hear a great singer, listen to Dion. His voice takes its color from all palettes - he's never lost it - his genius has never deserted him" [2]

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Enigmatic_Smile

    ♡ Dion. Bob Dylan once said: "If you want to hear a great singer, listen to Dion. His voice takes its color from all palettes - he's never lost it - his genius has never deserted him"

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • wilburfan48

    Amazing career! Almost 60 years and still making great music. If you don't think that he can rock & roll, check out Dion 'N' Little Kings "Live In New York"

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    один из множества тин-айдолов, почему именно вокруг него такой культ - непонятно.

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Donk_pi_fly

    man... normally i listen like death or thrash metal.. but i found runaround sue and i love it :C this guy has/had a very nice voice, a bit harsh (i think) and its great :D

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • AreYouKillingMe

    Вертихвостка Сью прям так и тянет на танцпол!

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • murmler3

    Join this group and keep it alive with discussions, praises or whatsoever. Dion rules. Permanent.

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • bort_

    we have to preserve doo wop

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
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    22 Jul 2012 Reply
  • monika720

    Love The Wanderer <3 [2] ;))

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • Matrioshka1

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
  • sgoldcoast

    Two artists named Dion? Come on guys, there is only one Dion and this guy started on the Bronx street corners way back in 1957 and is still producing great music in 2012 - listen to Tank Full Of Blues. The other Dion should not be associated with the real original Dion.

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • pipe_indierockk

    porque?? Dion (la banda chilena) no esta en last -.-

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • NotSoVelvet

    The guy covered "Purple Haze" back in the late 60's, it's, well. different.

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Ceashe

    Lamentablemente no es el que asistirá a Lollapalooza.

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Paanchi

    el es el que va al lollapalooza :D

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • skeleandmole

    attack of the 8 inch donkey. lol

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    everytime I think of him, I think of Rocky in Chicken run on his tricycle..lmao

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
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