Dion: Return Of The Wanderer - Fire In The Night
Between 1978 and the Yo Frankie album, Dion Di Mucci abandoned secular music completely and cut nothing but gospel material for 10 years. His swansong in '78 was the album Return Of The Wanderer - this features his band the Streethearts and they play mainly Dion songs but with covers from Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and John Sebastian. However, just before he bailed out for God, one last album was cut in 1979 using much the same band and Cashman & West, the same production team. Up until now this has remained in the can, so it is with great pleasure that Ace Records announce the debut 21 years later of Fire In The Night - the long lost Dion album. The CD combines the two albums and these are the only ways in whichFire In The Night is available anywhere in its entirety. The record had obviously come very close to release in '79 since the cover was already designed and it is this original artwork that we feature here. Great value.
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|01||Lookin' For The Heart Of Saturday Night|
|02||Midtown American Main Street Gang|
|03||You've Awakened Something In Me|
|05||The Pattern Of My Lifeline|
|06||I Used To Be A Brooklyn Dodger|
|08||The Power Of Love Within|
|09||Spanish Harlem Incident|
|10||Do You Believe In Magic|
|11||Fire In The Night|
|12||We Don't Talk Anymore|
|16||All Quiet On 34Th Street|
|17||You Are My Star|
Dion and The Belmonts
A Teenager In Love
Dion und die Belmonts
Dion and The Belmonts
A Teenager In Love
(Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman)
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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