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(Keeping The Blues Alive Records) 14 tracks Grandiose blues collaboration album by the legendary... more

Dion: Blues With Friends (CD)

(Keeping The Blues Alive Records) 14 tracks

Grandiose blues collaboration album by the legendary US rock musician Dion with an all-star line-up ranging from Joe Bonamassa and Jeff Beck to Paul Simon, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen.

The liner notes were written by none other than Bob Dylan. Blues With Friends is released on KSTA Records (Keeping The Blues Alive), a newly founded sub-label of Joe Bonamassa's imprint J&R Adventures, which donates 10% of its revenues to the KSTA Foundation, a foundation for the promotion of music education in schools.

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Dion - Blues With Friends (CD) CD 1
01 Blues Comin' On Feat Joe Bonamassa
02 Kickin' Child Feat Joe Menza
03 Uptown Number 7 Feat Brian Setzer
04 Can't Over Again Feat Jeff Beck
05 My Baby Loves To Boogie Feat John Hammond
06 I Got Nothin' Feat Van Morrison & Joe Louis Walker
07 Stumbling Blues Feat Jimmy & Jerry Vivino
08 Bam Bang Boom Feat Billy Gibbons
09 I Got The Cure Feat Sonny Landreth
10 Song For Sam Cooke (Here In America) Feat Paul Simon
11 What If I Told You Feat Samantha Fish
12 Told You Once In August Feat John Hammond & Rory Block
13 Way Down (I Won't Cry No More) Feat Stevie Van Zandt
14 Hymn To Him Feat Patti Scialfa & Bruce Springsteen
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Dion and The Belmonts

A Teenager In Love

Dion und die Belmonts

Dion and The Belmonts
A Teenager In Love
(Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman)
Laurie 3027
2:36

The pride of the Bronx, Dion and The Belmonts personified the best in Italian-American doo-wop, by now flourishing across the boroughs of New York City. Lead singer Dion DiMucci describes his quartet's brawny sound as "black music filtered through an Italian neighborhood and comes out with an attitude: 'Yo!' It's true. It has all those elements. But the New York Italian-American, there's an element of, 'Yo! You talkin' to me?' There's this kind of idea, like you come across like you're supposed to know everything. I don't know where I got that idea, because it's absurd. But anyway, that's the attitude. I would say it's a confidence."

DiMucci assembled his Belmonts from the mean streets of his home turf, gathering first tenor Angelo D'Aleo, second tenor Fred Milano, and baritone/bass Carlo Mastrangelo. Their infectious I Wonder Why was a pop hit in the spring of 1958 on brothers Bob and Gene Schwartz's freshly minted Laurie Records, and they were just getting started (it's on our previous compilation). For their next Laurie outing, Dion and his cronies gave Fats Domino's I Can't Go On (Rosalie) a rocking reading, but it was the butter-smooth ballad flip No One Knows that made the charts late that summer, actually bettering I Wonder Why at #19 pop. Before year's end, they charted again with another tender ballad, Don't Pity Me.

Brill Building denizens Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman were about to embark on an incredible songwriting roll, having just handed Fabian his first smash. "I wanted to do 'Turn Me Loose,'" notes Dion. "I liked 'Turn Me Loose.'" The prolific duo had something special for Dion and The Belmonts too. "The way 'A Teenager In Love' came in, Ricky Nelson had 'Poor Little Fool.' So I kind of sang it to The Belmonts, and they started doing this thing," says Dion. "Then Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus, they had another song, I forget what it was called. And they kind of changed it to 'Teenager In Love,' and put that together. So it was kind of wonderful to just kind of sit on this blanket, the sound that the group was making. But definitely, if you listen to 'Poor Little Fool,' you can hear what kind of inspired it.' Waxed March 3, 1959 and issued on the same month with the mellow I've Cried Before on the flip, A Teenager In Love was a #5 pop smash that spring. Dion and The Belmonts were now teen idols. DiMucci wisely never underestimated the value of his songwriters.

"Doc Pomus was like a father to me, very much so. He really encouraged me. I miss him. He was just a great guy. I just used to like talking to Doc. Mort Shuman I loved. Mort Shuman was totally incredible," says Dion. "He was a great guy to hang out with. He was so interesting. I loved being with him."

Various Street Corner Symphonies 1959 Vol.11
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Tracklist
Dion - Blues With Friends (CD) CD 1
01 Blues Comin' On
02 Kickin' Child
03 Uptown Number 7
04 Can't Over Again
05 My Baby Loves To Boogie
06 I Got Nothin'
07 Stumbling Blues
08 Bam Bang Boom
09 I Got The Cure
10 Song For Sam Cooke (Here In America)
11 What If I Told You
12 Told You Once In August
13 Way Down (I Won't Cry No More)
14 Hymn To Him