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Dion DiMucci & The Belmonts Singles & Albums Collection 1957-62 (2CD)

Dion DiMucci & The Belmonts Singles & Albums Collection 1957-62 (2CD)

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Dion DiMucci was one of many significant names of the rock ‘n’ roll era to emerge from the Italian diaspora of the USA’s north-western states, his career encompassing doowop-influenced early hits with Dion & The Belmonts followed by landmark solo successes, all within the space of a few intense years of chart action. Born in the Bronx in 1939, he was the son of a vaudeville entertainer and came to music early, singing on street corners and in bars, auditioning for producers for whom he made records as Dion & The Timberlanes for the Mohawk label, before assembling the Belmonts to get a deal with the New York label Laurie, making the charts with “I Wonder Why”. The Top 5 “Teenager In Love” and No.3 “Where or When” followed and they had nine hits before Dion left to go solo in 1960, and over the next three years he had a dozen hits including the classics “Runaround Sue”, a No. 1, and “The Wanderer” a No. 2.

This set comprises the A & B sides of his early Mohawk releases, plus the A & B sides of the Dion & The Belmonts singles and Dion solo singles during this era, along with selected titles from the Dion & The Belmonts LPs “Presenting Dion & The Belmonts” and “When You Wish Upon A Star”, and from Dion’s solo albums “Alone With Dion”, “Runaround Sue” and “Lovers Who Wander”. It naturally includes the 21 chart entries he had across the two phases of his career during these years, and provides a fine showcase for his highly distinctive style as a vocalist both in the group format and solo, and underlines why his contribution to rock ‘n’ roll was so significant.


“This very welcome release gathers together Dion’s wonderful work with The Belmonts, his work on Laurie, and his first single with Columbia at the end of 1962. The collection very neatly shows the large range and scope of the recordings, both group and solo, and illustrates well the artistic differences that led to them leaving them... Dion is a great artist, be it with the superb Belmonts in a rock n roll-type harmony setting, as a teen idol, as a tough rocker, as an interpreter of oldies, and later as a folkie and fine blues guitarist. Not all of these 58 tracks were great material, but they all have a great performance from our hero. He deserves his place in any pantheon of rock ’n’ roll stars.”  –  Pete Bowen (Now Dig This Issue 444)

“Every home should have at least one Dion collection, and if you don’t have one, this reasonably priced 58 track chronological compilation should solve your problem. Excellent booklet accompanies the collection, everything you wanted to know about the early Dion. His career continues.”  –  John Howard (UK Rock & Roll Magazine Issue 196)

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 The Chosen Few Dion and The Timberlanes
2 Out In Colorado Dion and The Timberlanes
3 Tag Along Dion With The Belmonts
4 We Went Away Dion With The Belmonts
5 I Wonder Why Dion And The Belmonts
6 Teen Angel Dion And The Belmonts
7 No-One Knows Dion And The Belmonts
8 I Can't Go On, Rosalie Dion And The Belmonts
9 Don't Pity Me Dion And The Belmonts
10 Just You Dion And The Belmonts
11 A Teenager In Love Dion And The Belmonts
12 I've Cried Before Dion And The Belmonts
13 Every Little Thing I Do Dion And The Belmonts
14 A Lover's Prayer Dion And The Belmonts
15 Where Or When Dion And The Belmonts
16 That's My Desire Dion And The Belmonts
17 When You Wish Upon A Star Dion And The Belmonts
18 Wonderful Girl Dion And The Belmonts
19 In The Still Of The Night Dion And The Belmonts
20 A Funny Feeling Dion And The Belmonts
21 Lonely Teenager Dion DiMucci
22 Little Miss Blue Dion DiMucci
23 Havin' Fun Dion DiMucci
24 North East End Of The Corner Dion DiMucci
25 Kissin' Game Dion DiMucci
26 Heaven Help Me Dion DiMucci
27 Somebody Nobody Wants Dion DiMucci
28 Could Somebody Take My Place Tonight Dion DiMucci
29 Runaround Sue Dion DiMucci
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Runaway Girl Dion DiMucci
2 The Wanderer Dion DiMucci
3 The Majestic Dion DiMucci
4 Lovers Who Wander Dion DiMucci
5 (I Was) Born To Cry Dion DiMucci
6 Little Diane Dion DiMucci
7 Lost For Sure Dion DiMucci
8 Love Came To Me Dion DiMucci
9 Little Girl Dion DiMucci
10 Ruby Baby Dion DiMucci
11 He'll Only Hurt You Dion DiMucci
12 You Better Not Do That Dion And The Belmonts
13 I Got The Blues Dion And The Belmonts
14 My Private Joy Dion And The Belmonts
15 My Day Dion And The Belmonts
16 All The Things That You Are Dion And The Belmonts
17 I'm Through With Love Dion And The Belmonts
18 After The Dance Dion DiMucci
19 P.S. I Love You Dion DiMucci
20 Close Your Eyes Dion DiMucci
21 Then I'll Be Tired Of You Dion DiMucci
22 Life Is But A Dream Dion DiMucci
23 Little Star Dion DiMucci
24 Lonely World Dion DiMucci
25 Kansas City Dion DiMucci
26 King Without A Queen Dion DiMucci
27 Stagger Lee Dion DiMucci
28 Tonight Tonight Dion DiMucci
29 Queen Of The Hop Dion DiMucci
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