Dion DiMucci, better known as just Dion, has been active in the music business since working with The Belmonts in the late 1950’s. He went on his own in 1960 and had further chart success, having 39 of his records reach the Top 40 in the ’50’s and ’60’s.
His first Top 10 single was “A Teenager In Love” with The Belmonts in 1959. It reached #5 on the Hot 100.
Going solo in 1960, he reached #1 in 1961 with “Runaround Sue.”
He was introduced to the blues by John Hammond in the mid-’60’s and produced several blues records, including Willie Dixon’s “Hoochie Coochie Man” in 1964. A reunion with The Belmonts in 1966 produced an album, Together Again.
In 1968, a spiritual experience combined with recovery from a heroin addiction set Dion on a more introspective and spiritual path, and he recorded “Abraham, Martin and John,” which was written by Dick Holler (who also wrote “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron” to recognize the deaths of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy in 1968. That record reached #4 on the Hot 100.
Dion became a born-again Christian in 1979 and recorded a half-dozen albums of Contemporary Christan music, winning a Dove Award in 1984 for his album I Put My Idols Away. He returned to popular music in the late 1980’s and is still recording and performing. And of course he has a website.
Dion, your Two For Tuesday, June 18, 2018. A happy 76th birthday to Sir Paul McCartney!