Dion

Listen to music by rock & roll legend Dion.

Dion DiMucci is an American singer-songwriter from the Bronx in New York City whose work has incorporated elements of doo-wop, rock and R&B styles, and most recently, straight blues. He began his career in the late 50’s as the lead singer of the Belmonts, and several years later went solo in 1960. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, along with The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder.

Dion was a first-generation rock and roll artist who is still active at 77 today with new albums and concerts. In 1958 he had three top-forty hits, in 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy, and his last three albums have some of his best work.

As a 19-year-old leading Dion & the Belmonts in 1959, he declined the chartered plane ride that crashed and killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson on the “Winter Dance Party” tour. He and Bob Dylan were the only American singers in the pictures of 57 famous people on the cover of the The Beatles album cover for Sgt. Pepper (he’s between Tom Mix’s cowboy hat and Tony Curtis up and left from John Lennon, and Bob Dylan’s in the upper right).

These are his best songs from the late 50’s. This really takes me back to my teenage years!

Best of Dion (2001) – 10 songs, 26 min



Here is his most recent album New York Is My Home that he just released.

New York Is My Home (2016) – 10 songs, 38 min



Albums

Here are some of his other studio albums.

Recent Albums (2000-2015)

Sanctuary / Suite for Late Summer (2015) – 24 songs, 1 hr 17 min


Born to Be with You / Streetheart (2015) – 20 songs, 1 hr 18 min


Sit Down Old Friend / You’re Not Alone (2015) – 22 songs, 1 hr 17 min


Tank Full of Blues (2012) – 11 songs, 44 min


Don’t Start Me Talkin’ (2010) – 17 songs, 49 min


Bronx in Blue (2006) – 12 songs, 43 min


Dion (2007) – 11 songs, 37 min


Live At The Bitter End (2015) – 17 songs, 1 hr 56 min


Earlier Albums (1969-1990)

Fire In The Night (1990) – 8 songs, 36 min


Yo Frankie (1989) – 10 songs, 41 min


Velvet & Steel (1986) – 10 songs, 41 min


Kingdom In The Street (1985) – 10 songs, 35 min


I Put Away My Idols (1983) – 10 songs, 38 min


Return Of The Wanderer (1977) – 10 songs, 41 min


Wonder Where I’m Bound (1969) – 11 songs, 34 min


Early 1960’s

Donna the Prima Donna (1963) – 12 songs, 31 min


Ruby Baby (1963) – 12 songs, 32 min


Lovers Who Wander (1962) – 12 songs, 32 min


Runaround Sue (1961) – 12 songs, 31 min


Super Hits (2000) – 10 songs, 26 min


Heroes (2008) – 17 songs, 55 min


Compilation Albums

Here are some compilations.

My Time Is Now (2013) – 17 songs, 43 min


The Best of Dion & The Belmonts (2005) – 30 songs, 1 hr 16 min


Videos

Here are some videos.

New York Is My Home by Dion and Paul Simon (2015) – 4 min 42 sec


Early Live Rock and Roll Videos (1950’s)

A Teenager in Love (1959) – 3 min 19 sec


The Wanderer – 2 min 45 sec


Runaround Sue (1961) – 2 min 45 sec


I Wonder Why (1958) – 2 min 34 sec


Where or When (1958) – 3 min 16 sec


Don’t Pity Me (1959) – 4 min 5 sec


Would You Like to Swing on a Star (1960) – 2 min 51 sec


Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame

Runaround Sue by Dion at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – 25th Anniversary Show (2010)  – 3 min 35 sec


Induction Ceremony – for Dion at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with introduction by Lou Reed (1989) – 10 min 31 sec



Here’s the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame history of “The Winter Dance Party” told by Dion. The true story of the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper.

The Winter Dance Party (2015) – 1 hr 7 min 45 sec


Live at Tropicana in Atlantic City NJ (2004)

I Wonder Why – 3 min 9 sec


Teenager in Love – 3 min 37 sec


Love Came To Me – 3 min 31 sec


Live at Viva Las Vegas (2015)

I Wonder Why – 3 min 55 sec


Donna The Prima Donna – 3 min 27 sec


Other Videos

Ruby Baby on The Late Show with David Letterman (1960) – 3 min 14 sec


King of the New York Streets (1990) – 6 min 0 sec


Links

These are links to his website, social media, and general information.

These are links to artist pages at popular music players and music stores.

Photo credit: New York Is My Home @ Amazon (album cover).

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