Dion (US singer-songerwriter, blends doo-wop, pop rock & R&B)

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Legal name: Dion DiMucci


Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known mononymously as Dion, is an American singer-songwriter whose work has incorporated elements of doo-wop, rock and R&B styles—and, most recently, straight blues. He was one of the most popular American rock and roll performers of the pre-British Invasion era. He had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the late 1950s and early 60s. He is best remembered for the 1961 singles, "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer", written with Ernie Maresca.

Dion's popularity waned in the mid-1960s, perhaps due to the public's changing taste in pop music, and perhaps in part due to personal difficulties he had during this period. But toward the end of the decade, he shifted his style and produced songs with a more mature, contemplative feeling, such as "Abraham, Martin and John". He became popular again in the late 1960s and into the mid-1970s, and he has continued making music ever since. Critics who had dismissed his early work, pegging him as merely a teen idol, praised his later work, and noted the influence he has had on other musicians.

Dion was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Runaround Sue Dion 3
1962 Lovers Who Wander Dion 1
1963 Love Came to Me Dion 1
1968 Dion (Dion) Dion 2
1969 Wonder Where I'm Bound Dion 2
1970 Sit Down Old Friend Dion 2
1975 Born to Be With You Dion 1
1976 Streetheart Dion 1
1978 Return Of The Wanderer Dion 1
1986 Velvet & Steel Dion 1
1990 Yo Frankie Dion 1
1992 Dream on Fire Dion 1
1999 Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Dion 1
2000 Deja Nu Dion 1
2001 Sanctuary / Suite for Late Summer Dion 1
2001 Sit Down Old Friend / You're Not Alone Dion 1
2006 Bronx in Blue Dion 1
2007 Son of Skip James Dion 1
2011 Tank Full of Blues Dion 2
2016 New York Is My Home Dion 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Dion: His Best Dion 1
1994 The Best of Dion & The Belmonts Dion & The Belmonts 1
1997 The Road I'm On: A Retrospective Dion 2
1998 Wish Upon a Star / Alone With Dion Dion 1
1998 Lovers Who Wander / So Why Didn't You Do That First Time? Dion 1
2000 King of the New York Streets Dion 1
2001 Born to Be With You / Streetheart Dion 1
2003 Greatest Hits Dion 1
Abraham, Martin & John Dion 1
Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965) Dion 1
Brooklyn Dodger Dion 1
Dion's Greatest Hits Dion 1
Presenting Dion & The Belmonts, Runaround Sue Dion 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Live Dion 1
Live at the Bitter End 1971 Dion 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Lonely Teenager / Little Miss Blue Dion 1
1961 Runaround Sue Dion 2
1961 The Wanderer / The Majestic Dion 1
1963 Ruby Baby / He'll Only Hurt You Dion 1
1963 Be Careful of Stones That You Throw / I Can't Believe (That You Don't Love Me Anymore) Dion 1
1963 Donna the Prima Donna Dion 1
1963 Drip Drop Dion 1
2015 New York Is My Home Dion & Paul Simon 1

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