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(Ace Records) 24 tracks Having quit the Belmonts in late 1960, Dion DiMucci enjoyed a string... more

Dion: Ruby Baby - Donna The Prima Donna (CD)

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Having quit the Belmonts in late 1960, Dion DiMucci enjoyed a string of solo hits on Laurie, including the million-selling ‘Runaround Sue’, and two Top 20 albums before signing to Columbia Records in late ’62. By now a major star, Dion’s arrival at the label heralded a significant sea change; then-A&R director/producer Mitch Miller’s dislike of rock’n’roll was no secret while Dion himself was eager to break away from the irksome “teen idol” tag at odds with his own musical inclinations.

Dion’s first Columbia single, a bluesy cover of Leiber & Stoller’s ‘Ruby Baby’, peaked at #2 and spawned the first of two LPs released in 1963. With Robert Mersey producing, the album was a broad mix of American standards (‘You Made Me Love You’), covers of newly minted Pop hits (‘The End Of The World’) and original material in a tear-jerky vein no doubt chosen to appeal both to teens and the young at heart. Released in March ’63 “Ruby Baby” became his third Top 20 album.

By contrast its follow-up, “Donna The Prima Donna” (November 1963), fared less well, yet was arguably more Dion’s bag. Capitalising on a recent regional doo wop revival, alongside the self-penned title hit (#6), it included two Cleftones’ songs, Goffin & King’s ‘This Little Girl’ (#21) and a cover of ‘Be Careful Of The Stones You Throw’ (#31), a composition Dion had heard as a youngster by way of Hank Williams’ Luke the Drifter recordings.

Paradoxically, with every hit single Columbia appeared to grow more uneasy, perhaps because their desire to mould Dion into an MOR act for the supper club set seemed ever less likely. Increasingly disillusioned and eschewing the British Invasion, Dion turned his attention towards folk and blues. After a fallow spell during which he bought himself out of his Columbia contract, Dion developed a more contemplative style, eventually returning to the US Top 5 with ‘Abraham, Martin And John’ in 1968.

Presented in glorious stereo, “Ruby Baby” and “Donna The Prima Donna” make their CD debut here, reinvigorating Ace’s acclaimed series of Dion DiMucci 2-on-1 album reissues after more than a decade. Memorabilia-laden package includes informative liner notes and a detailed sessionography.

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  • Interpret: Dion

  • Album titlle: Ruby Baby - Donna The Prima Donna (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Ace Records

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  • Year of publication 2019
  • EAN: 0029667094726

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Dion - Ruby Baby - Donna The Prima Donna (CD) CD 1
01 RUBY BABY
02 THE END OF THE WORLD
03 GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL
04 GONNA MAKE IT ALONE
05 FEVER
06 MY MAMMY
07 WILL LOVE EVER COME MY WAY
08 THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD
09 YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU (I DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT)
10 HE’LL ONLY HURT YOU
11 YOU’RE NOBODY ’TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU
12 UNLOVED, UNWANTED ME
13 DONNA THE PRIMA DONNA
14 CAN’T WE BE SWEETHEARTS
15 SWEET, SWEET BABY
16 THIS LITTLE GIRL OF MINE
17 FLIM FLAM
18 TROUBLED MIND
19 THIS LITTLE GIRL
20 OH HAPPY DAYS
21 YOU’RE MINE
22 DONNA
23 I CAN’T BELIEVE (THAT YOU DON’T LOVE ME ANYMORE)
24 BE CAREFUL OF STONES THAT YOU THROW
Dion and The Belmonts A Teenager In Love Dion und die Belmonts Dion and The Belmonts... more
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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 - Ruby Baby - Donna The Prima Donna (CD) CD 1
01 RUBY BABY
02 THE END OF THE WORLD
03 GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL
04 GONNA MAKE IT ALONE
05 FEVER
06 MY MAMMY
07 WILL LOVE EVER COME MY WAY
08 THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD
09 YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU (I DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT)
10 HE’LL ONLY HURT YOU
11 YOU’RE NOBODY ’TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU
12 UNLOVED, UNWANTED ME
13 DONNA THE PRIMA DONNA
14 CAN’T WE BE SWEETHEARTS
15 SWEET, SWEET BABY
16 THIS LITTLE GIRL OF MINE
17 FLIM FLAM
18 TROUBLED MIND
19 THIS LITTLE GIRL
20 OH HAPPY DAYS
21 YOU’RE MINE
22 DONNA
23 I CAN’T BELIEVE (THAT YOU DON’T LOVE ME ANYMORE)
24 BE CAREFUL OF STONES THAT YOU THROW