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Dion DiMucci

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Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known as Dion, is an American singer-songwriter who blended elements of doo-wop, pop, and R&B styles.

By the end of 1960, Dion had recorded and released his first solo album, Alone with Dion, and the single “Lonely Teenager”, which rose to #12 in the US charts. The performer name on his solo releases was denoted simply as “Dion” without the last name. 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 new vocal group the Del-Satins, an up-tempo number co-written with Ernie Maresca. The record, “Runaround Sue”, stormed up the charts, reaching #1 in the US charts in September 1961, and #11 in the UK, where he also toured.

For the next single, the record company promoted the A-side, “The Majestic”, but it was the B-side, Maresca’s song “The Wanderer”, which received the radio plays and again rose swiftly up the charts, reaching #2 in the US charts in December 1961 and #10 in the UK. As a classic oldie, it made the UK top 20 again in 1976.

By the end of 1961, Dion was a major star, with a worldwide touring schedule, and an appearance in the Columbia Pictures musical film Twist Around the Clock. He followed up with a string of hit singles – “Lovers Who Wander” (#3), “Little Diane” (#8), “Love Came To Me” (#10) - all making the top 10 in 1962. Several of these were written or co-written by Dion. He also had successful albums with Runaround Sue and Lovers Who Wander.

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