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Dion & The Belmonts: Presenting Dion And The Belmonts (1959) re Vinyl LP (Cut-Out)

(Collectables) 12 tracks, re-issue of their first LP with original art &, notes - small cut/hole in cover

About Dion and The Belmonts

You know, it's a pretty unusual thing when four fellows can parlay singing in the subway into a successful career. There are literally hundreds of vocal groups recording these days and thousands more trying.


Dion and the Belmonts grew up together in the same neighborhood, attended the same schools and developed into one of the most popular recording groups in the business today. Even more amazing is that they have been singing together for such a short period of time . . . since February 1958. If you have ever wondered where the name “Belmonts” came from, it was derived from Belmont Avenue in the Bronx, where the boys were raised.


l have never met a group that works so well together whether on the job or at play. They seem to enjoy kidding one another, springing practical jokes on Dion and spending off hours kibitzing and poking fun at one another. On the other hand, their continuous drive to perfect new sounds, ideas, polished choreography and to create a well-rounded act, is an amazing thing to watch. l have never seen young men with such devotion to duty. This is an interesting group of fellows. They differ in many ways. Dion is shy and has an insatiable curiosity about the things around him, Freddie is witty and can be considered the comedian of the group-the boys insistAngelo’s nickname should be “angel” and Carlo is the “slave driver” because he's always searching for new sounds for the group.


They all enjoy diversified interests such as Baseball, Fishing, Guitar picking, Classical music and Photography, but when it comes to work, there is but one purpose: to present Dion and the Belmonts in the most perfect manner possible. It’s this combination of different personalities, young ideas, and enthusiasm that will assure the success of these young men for many years to come.


About this Vinyl-Records Album

“Presenting Dion and the Belmonts” contains an interesting variety of songs that display the group's versatility. From “I Got the Blues," (a lowdown bluesy number on which Dion “growls out" a lover's lament, to “You Better Not Do That," (a very cute country song about a young lad just learning about girls), the album swings from the first groove to the last. Of course the album includes their four big hits, “I Wonder Why," “No One Knows,” “Don't Pity Me" and their latest, “A Teenager In Love," with which I am sure you are quite familiar. In addition, their version of a great song, “That’s My Desire,” could very well step out as a single hit. The Five Satins’ hit of two years ago, “Wonderful Girl," is treated in Dion and the Belmonts' inimitable style. A most interesting version of a great standard, “Where or When," completes a truly wonderful album that is aptly entitled “Presenting Dion and the Belmonts.” I like it!


Notes Written By Dick Clark


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  • Album titlle: Presenting Dion And The Belmonts (1959) re Vinyl LP (Cut-Out)

  • Label Collectables

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 4000127738066

  • weight in Kg 0.21
Dion - Presenting Dion And The Belmonts (1959) re Vinyl LP (Cut-Out) LP 1
01 I Wonder Why
02 Where Or When
03 You Better Not Do That
04 Just You
05 I Got The Blues
06 Don't Pity Me
07 A Teenager In Love
08 Wonderful Girl
09 A Funny Feeling
10 I've Cried Before
11 That's My Desire
12 No One Knows
Dion and The Belmonts A Teenager In Love Dion und die Belmonts Dion and The Belmonts... more
"Dion & The Belmonts"

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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