Two For Tuesday: Dion

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!

16 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Dion

  1. I didn’t realize he wrote all those songs. Love Abraham, Martin, and John. Glad he recovered from heroin addiction. Thanks for the background! What a life! Gonna check out the website.

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  2. Good selection, John. I’ve always liked Dion and The Belmonts. And Sir Paul is one of my favs. Our birthdays are close (mine is the 17th). Wow, I can’t believe he is 76.

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  3. My fondness for Dion goes way back. He was a success before I was born. I once saw Dion and his wife on a talk show. They told the story behind Runaround Sue, which was funny. Dion asked Sue out on a date, and she said yes. Later he saw her on a street corner talking to another guy. He was so jealous that he wrote Runaround Sue. Later he learned that the man with whom she was speaking was her cousin. As far as I know, Dion and Sue are still married.

    Love,
    Janie

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  4. I wouldn’t have though Dion would have a song like the one about Abraham, JFK etc… I know his other early songs well. Paul is 76 and I just can’t think of the Beatles being that old.

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    1. I knew about Dion from “Abraham, Martin and John” before any of his songs from the early ’60’s, if you can believe that.

      Sir Paul has a couple of new songs out, “Come On To Me” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeJLrtFY7Ds) and “I Don’t Know” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aef2eV7GmQw) in advance of “Egypt Station,” which comes out in September. Give them a listen: I think it’s classic Paul. That he’s still performing and recording, and doing it so well, is amazing.

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